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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.

Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum

Nouakchott - Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced Sunday, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote.While turnout was 53.

Mauritania votes on constitution after tense campaign

Nouakchott - Mauritanians began voting Saturday on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a wide swathe of opposition lawmakers and civil society groups.

Mauritanian party complains of 'unequal' referendum campaign

Nouakchott - The sole Mauritanian political party urging citizens to vote "No" in a controversial referendum on abolishing the Senate complained Wednesday their ability to campaign had been severely restricted.

Three jihadist groups in Africa's Sahel announce merger

Nouakchott - Three jihadist groups operating in the Sahel region have merged to form one single organisation, Mauritania's private news agency ANI said Thursday, citing a video distributed by the Islamists.

Appeals to faith and patriotism persuaded Gambia ex-leader to quit

Conakry - In pushing Yahya Jammeh to give up The Gambia's presidency, negotiators played on two key cards: his deep Muslim faith and his professed love of country.

Malian jihadist group denies 'ceasefire' claim

Nouakchott - The Malian jihadist group Ansar Dine has denied agreeing to a ceasefire with the government, a Mauritanian news agency and extremist monitoring group said Tuesday.

Freed 'Guantanamo Diary' author forgives US jailers

Nouakchott - A former Guantanamo Bay detainee from Mauritania who wrote a best-selling book about his experiences said Saturday he forgives those who tortured and detained him without trial for 14 years.

13 anti-slavery activists sentenced in Mauritania

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

Thousands protest against axing of Mauritania senate

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

Thousands demand justice for ex-slaves in Mauritania

Nouakchott - Thousands of people have marched for the rights of former slaves in Mauritania and to denounce injustice against them in the west African nation where slavery persists despite being officially abolished decades ago.

Jihadists claim kidnap of Swiss woman in Mali: Report

Nouakchott - Private Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar said Tuesday that it had received a video purportedly from the Al-Qaeda-linked Emirate of the Sahara group claiming responsibility for this month's kidnapping of Swiss woman Beatrice Stockly in northern Mali.

Escaped Al-Qaeda death row prisoner held in Guinea

Nouakchott - A Mauritanian Al-Qaeda jihadist, on death row until his escape on New Year's Eve, was re-arrested on Tuesday night after crossing the Guinea-Bissau border into Guinea, security sources said Wednesday.

US repatriates Guantanamo detainee to Mauritania

Washington - A Mauritanian detainee at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, has been repatriated after 13 years behind bars, the Pentagon said Thursday, as Washington pursues efforts to close the facility.

Mauritania's tough anti-slavery laws face tougher resistance

Nouakchott - Mauritania became the last country to abolish slavery 34 years ago, but despite ever harsher laws which now declare the practice a crime against humanity, a deeply ingrained resistance has made the shackles hard to break.

Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens I. Coast and Mauritania

Bamako - Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries.

Belmokhtar's jihadist group in N.Africa vows allegiance to IS

Nouakchott - The jihadist group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State organisation, according to an audio recording broadcasted by private Mauritanian agency Al-Akhbar.

Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure

Nouakchott - A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for "terrorist activities", a judicial source said on Tuesday.

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists claim UN suicide attack in Mali

Nouakchott - The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility in a recording Friday for a deadly suicide attack on the United Nations in Mali.

Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

Nouakchott - Mauritania has delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960, ordering capital punishment for a Muslim man who wrote an article deemed blasphemous of Islam.

Burkina Faso army pledges 'consensus' govt

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's military has promised to hand power to a "consensus" leader following the popular uprising that toppled Blaise Compaore, as African nations gave the regime two weeks to return to civilian rule.

Burkina army pledges 'consensus' govt as AU issues two-week deadline

Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's military promised Monday to hand power to a "consensus" leader following the popular uprising that toppled Blaise Compaore, as African nations gave the regime two weeks to return to civilian rule.

Mauritania leader set to win new term amid poll boycott

Nouakchott - Counting was underway in Mauritania's presidential election on Sunday with incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz expected to win handily after his main rivals boycotted a process they regard as a sham.

Mauritania agrees to extradite Abdallah al-Senussi to Libya

The President of Mauritania has agreed to the extradition of Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief and brother-in-law, Abdallah al-Senussi, to Libya. Al-Senussi is the subject of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mauritanian Army kills 12 Al Qaeda militants

Nouakchott - The Mauritanian army has launched an offensive against the local Al Qaeda branch, killing a dozen militants, reports say.

French embassy in Mauritania attacked by suicide bomber

Loaded with an explosive belt a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the French embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania. It is not known who is behind this attack.

Mauritania Allegedly Experiences Election Fraud

In 1960, Mauritanian declared independence. Ever since then the west African nation has experienced dozens of coup d'etat attempts. Pres. Aziz is the latest victor.

African Union Sanctions Mauritania

The sanctions were called for because military leader General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz ignored the African Union's October deadline to reinstate toppled President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.

Embassy not Target of Mauritania Attack

Israel said its embassy in Mauritania was not the primary target of attack last Friday. The attack, which wounded three people, none of them diplomatic staff, was claimed by an African branch of Al- Qaida.

Israeli Embassy in Mauritania Attacked

Gunmen opened fire outside Israel's embassy in Mauritania. No one was killed in the attack early this Friday in Nouakchott, the Arab League nation's capital. The attackers shouted "God is Great" before opening fire.
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