Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens Ivory Coast and Mauritania

 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.

Gunmen attack village in southern Mali

Armed men attacked a village in the southern Mali region of Sikasso close to the border with Ivory Coast on Sunday, defence ministry spokesman Colonel Diaran Kone told Reuters.

Islamist gunmen attack western Mali town, 12 dead

 Suspected Islamist fighters attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania before dawn on Saturday, leaving 12 people dead, including three soldiers and nine attackers, the defence ministry said.

Gunmen attack western Mali town in pre-dawn raid

Gunmen attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania before dawn on Saturday, a town resident and a senior military source said.

Mali rebels explain peace accord to refugees in Mauritania

Leaders of Mali`s Tuareg-led rebel alliance visited Malian refugees in Mauritania on Friday to explain a decision to sign a peace agreement with the government, a member of the delegation said.

Al-Qaeda-linked Belmokhtar group in North Africa claims allegiance to IS: report

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

Mauritania sentences alleged al Qaeda leader to 20 years

A criminal court in Mauritania sentenced a suspected senior al Qaeda leader to 20 years in prison for "terrorist" activities, the state prosecutor said on Tuesday.

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.