Burkina deadline dropped

2014-11-11 22:37

The African Union is still urging a transfer of power from the army to a transitional government in Burkina Faso, but is no longer threatening the country with sanctions if the handover is not done within two weeks.

Zuma congratulates Mauritania president-elect

2014-06-26 13:36

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Mauritania president-elect Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on a successful re-election.

Mauritanian president vows to work for unity

2014-06-23 19:14

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has vowed to work for national unity following his landslide 82% victory in weekend elections.

Mauritanian vote off to slow start

2014-06-21 18:07

Small groups of voters have trickled into polling centres in Mauritania early in an election where incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was counting on a high turnout.

Mauritanian leader set to win new term

2014-06-19 11:43

Mauritania’s president Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz is expected to handily win a new term in office as main opposition rivals boycott a vote in the largely desert nation.

Mauritania to adopt roadmap to end slavery

2014-02-28 12:02

The UN envoy on modern-day slavery says Mauritania has agreed to adopt a roadmap for eradicating the trade, which campaigners say remains widespread in that country.

Opposition to boycott Mauritania polls

2013-10-29 12:42

Mauritania is set to hold nationwide elections next month overshadowed by a boycott of the entire “democratic” opposition.

Algeria hostage-taker's brother charged

2013-02-13 09:56

Two Mauritanians including the brother of one of the hostage-takers who seized an Algerian gas field last month have been charged with trying to join al-Qaeda o fight in Mali, a judicial source says.

Mauritanian leader returns home

2012-12-14 15:04

Mauritania's president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has returned home to the capital Nouakchott from Paris, where he was treated after being "accidentally" shot by a soldier in October, an official says.

Aziz returns to Paris for treatment

2012-11-30 09:34

Mauritania's president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is set to return to Paris for further medical examinations, less than a week after returning from France where he was treated after being shot by a soldier last month.

Mauritania's president set to return

2012-11-20 20:56

Mauritania's president says he will return to his country in a few days, more than a month after he was shot by his guards and was evacuated to France for medical treatment.

Mauritania leader says recovering well

2012-10-26 11:14

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has assured the nation he is recovering well after being shot by a soldier earlier this month in what has been described by government as an accident.

Mauritania says leader 'out of danger'

2012-10-16 14:03

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is "out of danger" and will remain at the helm of Mauritania while he recovers in France after being shot at a soldiers' checkpoint, an official says.

Mali crisis: Algeria, Mauritania urge talks

2012-10-08 15:12

Mauritania and Algeria have called for dialogue in a bid to reach a political solution to the six-month-old crisis in neighbouring Mali, after ruling out sending troops there to battle Islamist militia.

Talks 'impossible' with Mali jihadists

2012-09-06 22:31

A French envoy has met with Mauritania's president on the crisis in northern Mali, saying that while dialogue was possible with some fighters it was not an option with "terrorist forces".

Mauritania rules out Mali intervention

2012-08-06 16:28

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has ruled out sending troops to Mali, where the embattled government has lost control of the north to al-Qaeda-linked militia.

Mauritania ex-rights chief jailed

2012-06-11 09:53

Mauritania's former human rights commissioner Mohamed Lemine Ould Dadde has been handed a three-year jail term for embezzlement and ordered to pay back over €200 000, his lawyer says.

Warrant issued against Qaeda suspects

2011-12-29 20:06

Mauritania has issued an international warrant for the arrest of an opponent of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz for supporting terror groups in the Sahel region, a justice official says.

Mauritanian forces hit AQIM leadership

2011-10-22 13:05

Mauritanian forces have killed a top official of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb during an air raid into Malian territory.

Events in Libya 'tragic'

2011-06-03 09:07

The “tragic” unrest in Libya could cause a spike in cross-border crime, arms trafficking and terrorism, the presidents of Mauritania and Gambia have said.

Al-Qaeda building new base in Mali

2011-04-22 07:31

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is building a new base in Mali near the Mauritanian border, with a view to attacking that country say sources.

Aziz vows to keep food prices down

2011-01-14 20:02

Mauritanian President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz has ordered urgent measures to keep food prices down after neighbouring African administrations were jolted by mass protests, a report says.

Aziz pardons 4 women prisoners

2010-03-08 15:52

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has pardoned four female prisoners to mark International Women’s Day, according to a presidential decree.

Mauritania's Aziz sworn in

2009-08-06 08:54

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who toppled Mauritania's first democratically elected leader in a military coup last year, has been sworn in as president of the Saharan country after winning an election held recently.

France: No big poll problems

2009-07-20 21:09

The French government says Mauritania's contentious elections had no major problems but has not acknowledged declared winner Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.


Mauritanian president names new PM

2014-08-21 20:40

Mauritania's newly re-elected President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has named a former senior official with the West African nation's state-owned mining and construction companies as PM.

Mauritania: Poll runner-up rejects results

2014-06-25 13:48

A candidate who came second in Mauritania’s recent elections has rejected results announced by the national election commission, contending that fraud and irregularities marred the voting.

Mauritanian leader wins new term

2014-06-23 07:48

Mauritania’s president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been re-elected with an overwhelming 81.89% of vote, preliminary results show, after his main rivals boycotted the polls.

Polls open in Mauritania election

2014-06-21 10:24

Polls have opened in an election in Mauritania widely expected to hand a new term in office to ex-army general and President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Nigeria girl abduction not Islamic, says AU chief

2014-05-26 10:04

The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria was "contrary to the teachings of Islam", the head of the African Union (AU) has said.

Mauritania to set up slavery tribunal

2013-12-31 21:02

Mauritania is to set up a special tribunal to prosecute suspects accused of involvement in slavery in a bid to eradicate the trade in the west African state.

Mauritania to provide power to Senegal

2013-09-12 14:23

Mauritania is to begin providing energy-starved Senegal with electricity within two years, both sides have announced after a summit between their presidents in Dakar.

Mali: French troops prepare to fight

2013-01-16 10:20

The first troops from a multinational African intervention force are expected in Mali as French soldiers prepare to face Islamist fighters in the north, in their first operation.

Aziz: We won't take part in Mali war

2012-11-30 11:18

Mauritania's president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz says his country will not take part in a planned military intervention in Mali because the operation will have "grave consequences".

Mauritania opposition protest Aziz's return

2012-11-22 09:42

Several thousand Mauritanian opposition supporters have demonstrated in Nouakchott ahead of the return of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who has been in France for medical treatment since he was shot in mid-October.

Mauritania: Concern over army in politics

2012-11-02 11:18

Opposition leaders in coup-prone Mauritania have called on the army to stay out of politics and have demanded more information on the health of the country's absentee president.

Soldier describes shooting at Aziz

2012-10-22 17:21

A Mauritanian soldier said to have shot and wounded President Ould Abdel Aziz by misadventure has given his version of events on state television.

Mauritanian president 'recovering'

2012-10-16 09:11

Mauritania's president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who was shot and wounded when soldiers "accidentally" fired on his convoy, is recovering in a Paris hospital, a report says.

Warning against 'terrorism' in N Mali

2012-09-18 10:43

Senegal and Mauritania's leaders have voiced concern about "serious threats" from the Islamist takeover of northern Mali, warning against terrorism and the partition of the west African nation.

Libya to question Gaddafi spy chief

2012-09-06 08:14

Libya is set to question Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi following his extradition from Mauritania as the US and rights groups urged that he receive a fair trial.

Aziz refuses to resign amid protests

2012-08-06 14:02

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz says he will not resign, despite weeks of protests by the opposition who accuse him of despotism and mismanagement.

1000s in Mauritanian anti-regime protest

2012-05-10 07:45

Thousands of Mauritania opposition activists have staged a march and sit-down protest in Nouakchott, calling for former coup leader President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to step down.

Pledge to boost Sahel security

2011-12-14 12:01

Algeria and Mauritania's leaders have vowed to beef up security in the Sahel region, where Islamist militants are holding a dozen Western hostages.

UN, AU to work together on Libya

2011-07-28 22:02

UN special envoy for Libya Abdul Ilah al-Khatib says greater co-operation is needed with the African Union to find a political solution to Libya's armed conflict.

Mauritania to find remains of its disappeared

2011-05-19 11:11

Mauritania says it will try to find and label the graves of people who disappeared and were likely killed during civil unrest since the country gained independence in 1960.

AU tasks 5 leaders with Libya mediation

2011-03-12 16:00

The African Union says the presidents of South Africa, Mauritania, Congo, Mali and Uganda have been asked to form a committee to help resolve the conflict in Libya.

Aziz ready for talks with foes

2010-06-08 21:39

Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is ready for a frank dialogue on “all the problems” facing the west African desert nation, an opposition official says.

Mauritania: Webmaster jailed

2009-11-25 08:42

An appeals court has upheld a jail term for Mauritanian journalist Hanevy Ould Dehah, accused of immorality on his website.

Aziz declared poll winner

2009-07-24 08:42

The man who led a coup in Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has officially won the presidency in the country's recent elections, the Constitutional court says.

Aziz wins elections

2009-07-20 09:36

Former junta chief Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won Mauritania's presidential election but opposition leaders have called it an "electoral coup".

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