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Mauritania releases jailed 'blasphemy' blogger

Nouakchott - Mauritania has released a blogger who drew international attention after being accused of blasphemy, his lawyer and the campaign group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday.

Mauritanian minister resigns as internet restored post-vote

Nouakchott - Mauritania's government spokesman has stepped down after defending a three-day communications blackout imposed during three days of post-election unrest, sources said Friday as fixed internet in the country was restored.

Mauritania ruling party's Ghazouani declared presidential vote winner

Nouakchott - Mauritania's ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has won the presidential election with 52 percent of the vote, the electoral commission announced Sunday, with opposition candidates crying foul.Ghazouani obtained 52.

Ruling party candidate declares himself victor in Mauritania vote

Nouakchott - Government candidate and frontrunner Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has declared himself the winner of the first round of Mauritania's presidential election.

Mauritania votes in what could be first democratic power transfer

Nouakchott - Mauritanians voted Saturday for a new president, in what could be the first democratic transfer of power in the West African country but with the opposition complaining of "worrying signs" of election irregularities.

Mauritania votes for a new leader amid opposition vote fears

Nouakchott - Mauritanians voted Saturday for a new president as the incumbent leader warned that only his chosen successor can maintain stability in the West African country, while the opposition said it saw "worrying signs" of election irregularities.

Western donors pledge over 2bn euros anti-terror aid for Africa's Sahel

Nouakchott - Western donors said Thursday they have pledged 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in funding aimed at preventing terrorism and lawlessness along the southern rim of the Sahara.

Mauritania, US in spat over 'slavery' charge

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

Mauritania's ruling party sweeps polls

Nouakchott - Mauritania's ruling party swept legislative, municipal and local elections, according to final results announced Monday, in a key test before a presidential poll seven months away.

Mauritanians vote in last election before key presidential ballot

Nouakchott - Mauritania, a frontline state in the fight against Islamic extremism, voted on Saturday in legislative, regional and local elections that will test head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record seven months before a presidential vote.

African Union creates migration body

Nouakchott - African leaders have created a body to help coordinate national policies on migration, Morocco announced at the African Union (AU) summit on Monday.

AU summit overshadowed by 'security failings' in Sahel after attacks

Nouakchott - French President Emmanuel Macron joined African leaders gathered in the Mauritanian capital on the final evening of a summit overshadowed by security issues after jihadist rebels hammered two fragile Sahel states in successive attacks.

African Union chief says 'time to act' on South Sudan

Nouakchott - African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat called Saturday for measures against the key players in the conflict in South Sudan, saying "we are used to them not respecting their commitments"."The situation in South Sudan is serious.

Free trade, crises in spotlight as AU leaders meet

Nouakchott - African leaders meet in Mauritania from Sunday for a two-day summit focusing on free trade, funding, corruption and the continent's many security crises.

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group claims attack on UN camp at Timbuktu

Nouakchott - The main jihadist alliance in Africa's Sahel region with links to Al-Qaeda on Friday claimed an attack last weekend on the UN camp of international troops in northern Mali's historic city of Timbuktu.

Turkey announces $5m for Sahel anti-jihadist force

Nouakchott - Turkey will donate $5 million (4.1 million euros) to a fledgling force of five nations battling terrorism and trafficking in the Sahel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced during a visit to Mauritania.

Erdogan makes first visit to Mauritania in West Africa tour

Nouakchott - Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed in Mauritania on Wednesday flanked by businessmen and primed to sign several cooperation deals in the first visit by a Turkish president to Nouakchott.

Mauritanian activists arrested over massacre protest: rights groups

Nouakchott - Five family members seeking justice for black Mauritanian soldiers executed in 1990 were in custody Thursday for protesting at an independence day celebration, rights groups said.

Mauritania's controversial new flag flies for first time

Nouakchott - A new national flag for Mauritania flew for the first time on Tuesday, the country's independence day, following a contested constitutional referendum that prompted a senator's arrest and hunger strike.

For Malians in Mauritanian desert, going home is a mirage

Nouakchott - It is hardly the most inviting place to call home -- a sprawling tent city in a sea of reddish sand in southeastern Mauritania.
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