Mauritania confirms first coronavirus case

2020-03-14 06:45

Mauritania has confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus, the country's health minister said on Friday, adding to the growing number of cases in West Africa.

Eight men jailed for homosexuality in Mauritania

2020-02-10 20:01

A Mauritanian court has jailed eight men for two years for "committing indecent acts" after a video showed them at a gay birthday party, their lawyer and Human Rights Watch say.

10 men jailed in Mauritania over 'gay party' video

2020-01-28 20:36

Prosecutors in the Mauritania, where homosexuality is outlawed, have detained and charged 10 young men after a video presented as a "gay marriage" surfaced, a legal source says.

Dozens of migrants drown as boat sinks off Mauritania: UN

2019-12-05 11:52

At least 58 migrants drowned as their boat sank near the Mauritanian coast after a week at sea, the International Organization for Migration said Thursday.

Western donors pledge $2.3bn in anti-terror aid for Africa's Sahel

2018-12-06 20:59

Western donors have pledged nearly $2.3 billion in funding aimed at preventing terrorism and lawlessness along the southern rim of the Sahara, the head of the G5 Sahel grouping has said.

Mauritania's camel-back mission to win hearts and minds

2018-11-28 17:58

The sleepy Mauritanian village of Ouad Initi is about to get a makeover: a bigger school, a health centre, and more running water. All part of internationally-backed efforts to win over hearts and minds and stop the spread of jihadism.

Top Africa stories: 100s of buffaloes drown in Botswana, 10 men held for same sex wedding

2018-11-09 07:37

Botswana's government says more than 400 buffaloes believed to have been chased by lions drowned in a river, and at least 10 men have been arrested for allegedly conducting a same-sex marriage ceremony in Zanzibar.

Mauritania, US in spat over 'slavery' charge

2018-11-06 16:25

Mauritania has reacted furiously after the United States pulled its status as a preferential trade partner, accusing the West African state of tolerating forced labour and hereditary slavery.

Four parties agree to Western Sahara talks

2018-10-17 17:22

Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front have accepted a UN invitation to hold talks in December on ending the decades-old conflict in Western Sahara, according to UN officials.

Sahel anti-terror force shifts HQs to Mali capital after attack

2018-09-28 21:02

The headquarters of a five-nation anti-terror force in Mali has been transferred to the capital Bamako from the central town of Sevare following a deadly bomb attack, a source has said.


Italian tourists caught trying to evade Mauritania virus containment

2020-03-04 22:37

A group of Italian tourists tried to escape coronavirus confinement in Mauritania but were caught and sent back to their home country, the West African country said Wednesday.

First African measures to stop spread of coronavirus

2020-01-29 22:00

Measures have been introduced in two African states aimed at stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, joining countries worldwide who have imposed restrictions since the disease surfaced in central China last month.

Mauritania's new president sets down his mark in volatile country

2020-01-02 06:21

In less than six months after he was elected, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani has consolidated his grip on power, leaving on the sidelines his predecessor and one-time mentor, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Sahel leaders seek UN help against jihadist attacks

2019-02-07 20:57

Five nations waging a battle against jihadi fighters in the Sahel has asked the UN for money and other aid to help tackle a scourge which claimed more lives even as officials met.

Western Sahara dispute in dates

2018-12-05 15:59

Here are key dates in the history of the Western Sahara, as the United Nations prepares to convene talks in Geneva on the disputed territory's future status.

African G5 force 'better' than UN's in Mali: Mauritania's Aziz

2018-11-21 19:38

A fledgling African regional force fighting jihadists in Sahel countries is more effective - with fewer resources - than a UN mission with a similar remit in Mali, the Mauritanian president has said.

Mauritania buses collide killing 11

2018-11-08 08:19

At least 11 people were killed and 44 injured when two buses collided on a road between Mauritania's capital Nouakchott and the central city of Aleg, doctors and police say.

West Africa security forum opens amid concerns over G5 Sahel force

2018-11-05 19:53

A two-day African security forum has opened in Dakar amid concerns about funding for a much-trumpeted initiative to bind five Sahel countries into an anti-terror force.

Police, slavery activists clash at Mauritania parliament

2018-10-09 11:39

Mauritanian police have clashed with anti-slavery activists demanding the release of an imprisoned legislator as the country's newly-elected National Assembly held its maiden session.

Mauritania's ruling party wins majority parliament

2018-09-18 06:02

Mauritania's election commission says the west African nation's ruling party has won a majority of seats in a second round of legislative, municipal and regional elections.

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