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Mauritania's ex-president was interviewed by prosecutors over potential corruption charges.

40 people were arrested in Nouakchott at a demonstration by widows and relatives of victims of historic civil unrest.

Mauritanian president orders reshuffle after first year

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Mauritanian president orders reshuffle after first year

The reshuffle comes a day after prosecutors received a key report on the dealings of former head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Mauritania releases jailed 'blasphemy' blogger

The New Arab

Mauritania releases jailed 'blasphemy' blogger

Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir, 36, had been initially sentenced to death, but was then given a jail term on ...

Mauritania releases 'foreign' detained opposition supporters following controversial election

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritania releases 'foreign' detained opposition supporters following controversial election

Mauritania opposition supporters arrested during clashes in the days following a disputed presidential election have been released following ...

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritania election winner hails 'democratic pluralism', opposition decry 'holdup'

Mauritania remains on a knife-edge after last week's controversial election.

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritania cracks down on opposition parties after disputed election

Mauritanian police raided the headquarters of two opposition parties, closing one of them, amid high tension followed a disputed outcome to ...

The New Arab

Ruling party candidate declares himself victor in Mauritania vote

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

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritania votes in first election since independence

Some 1.5 million people will head to the polls on Saturday, with many hopeful that the West African nation will see its first democratic ...

Mauritanian anti-slavery activist runs for presidential election

The New Arab

Mauritanian anti-slavery activist runs for presidential election

Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid has declared that he will run for the next presidential election taking place in few months.

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Mauritania president: 'No problem shutting down social media'

President Ould Abdel Aziz says social media represents a 'threat to the country's security'.

Qatar pledges $50m for youth jobs at Lebanon summit

The New Arab

Qatar pledges $50m for youth jobs at Lebanon summit

Qatar has pledged $50 million to create jobs for young people in the Middle East at an Arab economic summit in Lebanon, local newspaper al-Sharq ...

Qatar emir attends Arab economic summit in Lebanon

The New Arab

Qatar emir attends Arab economic summit in Lebanon

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani arrived in Beirut on Sunday and left after attending the opening session of the Arab Economic and Social ...

Mauritania president to visit Damascus for Assad meeting: reports

The New Arab

Mauritania president to visit Damascus for Assad meeting: reports

Reports have emerged that Mauritania's president will visit Damascus amid efforts to return Syrian regime head Bashar al-Assad to the diplomatic ...

Widespread criticism meets Saudi crown prince in Algeria

The New Arab

Widespread criticism meets Saudi crown prince in Algeria

A group of Algerian intellectuals, journalists and Muslim scholars denounced the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Algeria on ...

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

The closure of Mauritania’s only Islamist scholars Training Centre

Analysis: The rising popularity of Islamist political groups is being seen as a threat to the continuing rule of the National Coalition for the Republic, writes Habibulah Mohamed Lamin.

The New Arab & agencies

Police teargas anti-slavery activists outside Mauritania parliament

Police attacked demonstrators who were calling for the release of anti-slavery campaigner and new Mauritanian MP Biram Ould Dah Abeid ...

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritania votes in last election before presidential vote

The popularity of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record is being tested with the vote.

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritanians in last vote before presidential election

Mauritania will go to polls on Saturday to test the popularity of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz before a ...

Erdogan's first visit to Mauritania in West Africa tour

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan's first visit to Mauritania in West Africa tour

The Turkish leader arrived from Algeria and was met by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz who is ...

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Mauritania and Algeria to open borders

Mauritania is turning to Algeria in a bid to enhance its economic ties with the oil-rich country after years of tension with Morocco, writes ...

Mauritania votes on controversial constitutional changes after tense campaign Mauritania votes on controversial constitutional changes after tense campaign

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritania votes on controversial constitutional changes after tense campaign

Mauritanians have begun voting on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould ...

Military leader who helped Mauritania become a democracy dies Military leader who helped Mauritania become a democracy dies

The New Arab

Military leader who helped Mauritania become a democracy dies

Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, who briefly headed a military junta and Mauritania, has died of a heart attack while on holiday.

Mauritania votes to change constitution despite widespread protests

Robert Cusack

Mauritania votes to change constitution despite widespread protests

A proposed change to the country's constitution passed the country's upper house of parliament on Thursday - despite widespread protests over ...

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