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Mauritania condemns man to death for "insulting the prophet"

Mauritania on Thursday condemned a man to death for "insulting the prophet", a human rights group said, a day after the country opened the trial of an anti-slavery activist.

Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

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.

Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

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.

Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

A Muslim man has become the first person to be sentenced to death for apostasy in Mauritania since independence in 1960 after a court ruled he had written something blasphemous.

Mauritania urged to end crackdown on slavery activists

 Amnesty International urged Mauritania on Thursday to end "harassment, intimidation and repression" of anti-slavery activists, following a number of high-profile arrests.

African Union chief in Burkina Faso for transition talks

The chief of the African Union on Monday arrived in Burkina Faso for urgent talks on the west African country`s political transition following the ouster of veteran president Blaise Compaore.

Mauritania closes border with Mali after Ebola death

 Mauritania has closed its border with Mali after an Ebola death was confirmed in the border area this week, a health official said Saturday.

Arab League chief to lead delegation to Gaza

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi will lead a ministerial delegation to war-ravaged Gaza on October 23, an official said on Thursday.

Mauritania`s Abdel Aziz sworn-in for second term

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was sworn-in for a second term in the presence of several fellow African leaders.

Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz easily re-elected in boycotted vote

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won another five-year term with 82 percent of the vote, officials said on Sunday, after an election boycotted by most of the opposition.

Mauritanian leader wins new term in disputed polls

Mauritania`s incumbent leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won presidential polls with an overwhelming 81.89 per cent of the vote, preliminary results have showed after his main rivals boycotted a process they rejected as a sham.

Voting slow in Mauritanian presidential poll amid boycott

Voters trickled into polling centres in Mauritania on Saturday in an election where incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was counting on a high turnout to see off an opposition boycott and boost his authority.

Mauritania`s Abdel Aziz: the strongman who took on al Qaeda

Mauritania`s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is seeking a new term in a vote Saturday, has become known for his iron rule and a relentless campaign against al Qaeda extremists.

Woman runs for president in Islamic Mauritania

A woman has put forward a rare bid for the presidency of Mauritania, a west African nation run under strict Islamic law, the country`s Constitutional Council said on Wednesday.

Mauritanian PM, cabinet resign: State media

Mauritania`s prime minister and his entire cabinet resigned on Sunday, state-run news agency AMI reported, without giving a reason for the mass departure.

Burundi eye CHAN last-eight after late show

Burundi on Saturday left it late to shoot to the top of Group D of the 2014 CHAN after they stunned Mauritania 3-2 in Durban.

Terror group threatens France over Mali: Report

A terror group active in West Africa has threatened to target the interests of "France and her allies" in retaliation for France`s military intervention in Mali last year, according to a Mauritanian website frequently used by local jihadists to communicate with the outside world.

Young Muslim in Mauritania convicted for criticising prophet Mohammed

A young Muslim man in Mauritania is facing a possible death sentence after being convicted of apostasy and jailed for having written an article criticising the prophet Mohammed, a judicial source said on Monday.

Mauritania holds elections despite opposition boycott

Mauritanians voted on Saturday in nationwide elections overshadowed by a widespread boycott of opposition parties, with all eyes on the performance of an Islamist party allowed to take part for the first time.

Mauritania holds elections despite wide boycott

Mauritania holds nationwide elections on Saturday overshadowed by a boycott of the "radical" opposition -- apart from an Islamist party that calls its participation a struggle against "dictatorship".