Mauritania - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Mauritania


Mauritania confirms first coronavirus case

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:10 AM

A statement from the health ministry, released Friday, says the man with the coronavirus is an expatriate who had flown into Mauritania from Europe on Monday

Mauritania ruling party's Ghazouani declared presidential vote winner

Jun 24, 2019 - 8:23 AM

Ghazouani obtains 52.01% of votes cast in Saturday's presidential poll, easily beating main opposition opponents Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid (18.58%) and Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar (17.87%), according to the official figures

GHAZOUANI WINS. In this file photo Mauritania's ruling party's candidate, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, delivers a speech on June 20, 2019 in Nouakchott. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Ruling party candidate declares himself victor in Mauritania vote

Jun 23, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Mauritania ruling party candidate and frontrunner Mohamed Ould Ghazouani gets 50.56% of the votes after 80% of it has been counted

ELECTIONS. Presidential candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani (C) casts his ballot at a polling station on June 22, 2019 in Nouakchott during the presidential election in Mauritania. Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP

Mauritania votes after low-key campaign on economy and stability

Jun 22, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The ballot is the first in the nation's coup-strewn history that looks set to see an elected president complete his mandate and transfers power to an elected successor

Amnesty asks Mauritania's presidential candidates to end slavery

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Remnants of traditional slavery are a major issue in Mauritania, a deeply conservative, predominantly Muslim state although it was officially abolished in 1981

In conservative Mauritania, confronting sexual violence laws

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Women in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia

A picture shows the feet of the daughter of Zahra (not her real name) in the office of the president of the Association of Women Heads of Family (AFCF) in Nouakchott on January 28, 2019. Zahra related how a neighbour snatched her five-year-old daughter from her home while she was sleeping, and then raped the girl. Feminists in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia. Women's groups have helped to draft legislation to combat gender-based violence, calling for stiffer penalties for rape, criminalisation of sexual harassment and the creation of specific courts to handle sexual violence.  SEYLLOU / AFP

Mauritanians vote in last election before key presidential ballot

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:29 PM

The legislative, regional, and local elections will test President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record, 7 months before a presidential vote

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

At a time when terrorism is striking everywhere in the world we cannot let the Sahel region become a new haven for terrorist organizations from the entire world French ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre tells the council

FRANCOIS DELATTRE. France's Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre arrives for a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on May 16, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Libya's future threatened by 'terrifying' ISIS – UN chief

Mar 05, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Ban Ki moon also warns international powers not to stoke the fires of conflict in the country that has been engulfed in chaos since Gaddafi s ouster in 2011

A Libyan cleaning worker stands in front of cars driving past destroyed buildings on March 4, 2016, in Laithi district, a central area that was recently reseized by forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi. Abdullah Doma/AFP

Mali and neighbors in mourning as siege hotel yields clues

Nov 23, 2015 - 2:31 PM

A Malian security source says authorities are actively pursuing at least 3 people over the attack

UNDER CONTROL. Security forces surround the Radisson Hotel during a hostage situation, Bamako, Mali November 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Hacker publishes 15,000 Twitter account details

Aug 21, 2013 - 5:07 PM

It s currently not clear whether Mauritania Attacker acquired the details by accessing Twitter or hacking into a third party service

MAURITANIA ATTACKER. A hacker exposes the account details of some 15,000 users. Luckily, no passwords were revealed.

Russia arming Mali, more Islamist attacks feared

Feb 14, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Russia revealed Wednesday February 13 it was supplying guns to Mali s government as French troops defused a massive bomb in the north of the country the latest bid by Islamist rebels to strike back

More than 20 Pinoy hostages in Algeria?

Jan 18, 2013 - 10:47 AM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Foreign Affairs says it has received reports from relatives that more than 20 Filipinos were among the foreign hostages seized in Algeria

HOSTAGE CRISIS This undated hand out picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows a road sign near the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. AFP PHOTO / STATOIL / KJETIL ALSVIK

France battles Mali Islamists as hostage crisis unfolds

Jan 17, 2013 - 7:39 AM

French troops battled Islamist rebels in Mali in a war that escalated as Al Qaeda linked fighters killed two people in neighboring Algeria and claimed to have taken 41 foreigners hostage in retaliation for France s crusade

French soldiers prepare ammunitions on January 16, 2013 at a military airbase in Bamako before his regiment's deployment as part of the "Serval" operation against Islamists occupying northern Mali. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

Libya to question extradited Qaddafi spy chief

Sep 06, 2012 - 12:54 PM

Libya was Thursday September 6 set to question Moammar Qaddafi s former spy chief Abdullah al Senussi following his extradition from Mauritania