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.

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.

Libya militia stole US weapons in raid

2014-05-28 07:43

Militia fighters have stolen hundreds of American-supplied automatic weapons and other equipment in a raid on a Libyan base where the US was training local forces.

Tullow halts Mauritania drilling

2014-04-25 12:30

Britain's Tullow Oil has paused its drilling programme in Mauritania after a second exploration well failed to produce enough oil or gas.

1 in 5 Mauritanians face hunger – WFP

2014-03-04 10:43

At least one in five people face food insecurity in the west African desert country of Mauritania because of poor harvest and high prices, the World Food Programme says.


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.

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.

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.

Glencore reaches $1bn deal with Mauritania

2014-03-31 09:10

Glencore Xstrata has reached a preliminary deal for a $1bn contract for access to railway and port facilities with Mauritania, according to a report.

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.

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