Mauritania president says two-term limit will stay

2016-10-22 06:57

Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said a two-term limit for the presidency will remain in place after months of speculation he would attempt to run for a third stint in office.

Mauritania slavery activists tortured in custody: lawyer

2016-08-16 14:09

Thirteen Mauritanian anti-slavery campaigners who are on trial for "rebellion and use of violence" told a court on Monday they had been tortured in custody, their lawyer said.

Mauritania gold miners on strike

2016-05-24 18:29

Mauritanian miners have begun an open-ended strike at a Canadian-owned gold mine over pay conditions, with unions citing the vast gap between their salaries and expats.

Thousands protest against axing of Mauritania senate

2016-05-08 12:27

Thousands of people have gathered in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to protest against a move by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to abolish the senate.

Mauritania vows no abuse by soldiers

2016-02-21 19:15

Mauritania's defence minister promises that the country's peacekeepers will not be implicated in the type of sex abuse allegations that rocked Central African Republic's UN mission.

Mauritania detains alleged slave masters

2015-12-31 17:33

A Mauritanian court has remanded in custody two men accused of keeping women and children as slaves, rights campaigners say.

Mauritania upholds conviction of anti-slave activists

2015-08-21 10:29

A Mauritanian court has upheld a two-year prison sentence against three anti-slavery activists who were arrested during a protest against bondage in the west African nation.

Conflicts displace 3.5m in Africa's Sahel region - UN

2015-05-29 10:42

The number of people displaced by conflicts in Africa’s Sahel has more than doubled in just over a year to a staggering 3.5 million, the UN says.

Man sentenced to death in Mauritania for apostasy

2014-12-25 07:15

A Muslim man in Mauritania has been sentenced to death for apostasy after a court ruled that he had written something blasphemous, a judicial source says.

Mauritania urged to end crackdown on slavery activists

2014-11-13 16:24

Amnesty International has urged Mauritania to end "harassment, intimidation and repression" of anti-slavery activists.


13 anti-slavery activists sentenced in Mauritania

2016-08-19 10:26

Thirteen anti-slavery activists in Mauritania have been sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison, despite criticism of the case against them by international rights groups.

Arab summit cut to single day

2016-07-25 17:01

A 22-nation Arab summit to tackle the region's various crises has been cut back to a single day of talks due to the absence of heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Mauritania frees anti-slavery activists

2016-05-17 19:00

Mauritania's supreme court has ordered that a group of anti-slavery activists including a former presidential candidate be set free after downgrading the crimes of which they were found guilty in 2014.

US urges tighter West Africa responses

2016-03-02 06:02

West Africa's armed forces, police and governments need to ramp up cross-border links to contain Islamist groups now increasingly staging spectacular attacks on civilian targets, US and local top brass say.

40 prisoners escape in Mauritania jailbreak

2016-02-20 16:42

A senior official in Mauritania says at least 40 prisoners escaped during a large jailbreak outside the capital.

Guantanamo prisoner from Mauritania back home after 13 years

2015-10-29 14:50

Another prisoner has been released from the detention center on the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sudan's Bashir in Mauritania despite ICC arrest warrant

2015-07-26 22:58

Sudanese President has arrived in Mauritania to attend a summit, despite an international arrest warrant issued against him in 2009.

Unions end strike at Mauritania state iron miner

2015-04-05 09:50

Workers at Mauritania's state iron ore mining company SNIM have ended a two-month strike after reaching a deal with management on salaries, says a union negotiator.

African leaders consider joint steps against Islamist threat

2014-12-18 20:29

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, has opened in Mauritania.

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.

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