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.

France announces new operation in Africa

2014-07-19 22:00

France has announced the redeployment of 3 000 troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of an operation to help fight terrorism in the region.

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.


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.

Ramaphosa arrives in Mauritania

2014-08-02 18:47

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Nouakchott, in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania to attend the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Mahomed Ould Abdel Aziz.

French president Hollande visits Niger

2014-07-18 14:20

France's president is paying a visit to the former colony of Niger, a landlocked desert nation in West Africa that has played a key role in French military efforts in the region.

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.

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