Mauritania Ruling Party Stays On Top
[Magharebia]Nouakchott -Mauritania's electoral commission (CENI) on Tuesday (December 3rd) announced the results from the first round of the legislative and local elections.
Culture As Tool Against Terrorism
[Magharebia]Nouakchott -Dr Ahmed Ould Habibi is among the most prominent cultural scientists in the region. Magharebia met with the Nouakchott academic to learn more about culture's role in both creating and stopping terrorism.
Malaysia, Morocco Lead in A4A1's Internet 'Affordability Index' Report
[CIO]Five African countries - Morocco, Mauritius, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda - have been ranked among the leaders in the internet Affordability Index report for emerging and developing economies compiled by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) that studied the drivers of internet affordability in 46 countries.
France Strives to Keep African Influence At Paris Summit
[RFI]"The world is in mourning" for Nelson Mandela, French President Fran├žois Hollande told a summit on peace and security in Africa as it opened on Friday. Over 50 representatives of African countries will discuss conflict resolution and Hollande will try to convince them to keep doing business with France.
Anti-Slavery Campaigner Among UN Human Rights Prize Winners
[UN News]A well-known Pakistani student activist and an anti-slavery campaigner from Mauritania are among the winners of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, it was announced today.
Mauritania, Niger Discuss Security
[Magharebia]Nouakchott -The presidents of Mauritania and Niger appealed to the rest of the Sahel to join their efforts to confront terrorism and trans-Saharan smuggling.
Education Struggling to Gear Up in Mbera Camp
[IRIN]Mbera -Just 4,298 of the 14,000 primary school-aged children in Mbera refugee camp in eastern Mauritania are enrolled in camp schools, aid agencies estimate.
Ruling Party Wins Majority in First Round Polls
[AEP]Mauritania's ruling Union for the Republic Party has managed to win 37 parliamentary seats in the first round of the polls held last month, the independent election commission has announced. Opposition parties have managed to win 14 seats only, the commission added in a press conference.
Sexual Harassment Is an Everyday Struggle
[Gender Links]Port Louis, Mauritius -Whenever women report sexual violence or harassment, the trend in Mauritius and many parts of the world is to blame the victim and find excuses for the perpetrator. This creates a vicious cycle of silence that discourages women from reporting cases to the police and ultimately fuels different forms of gender-based violence (GBV).
No Focus on 'Real Change', Say Voters
[IRIN]Nouakchott -As votes come in following Mauritania's 23 November general and local elections, the party of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Union for the Republic, looks likely to emerge the winner, with Islamist party Twassoul in second place. Voter participation estimates range from 46 percent, according to Twassoul, to 60 percent, with many voters describing the elections as being only about candidates' connections rather than policy or real change.
President of Republic Felicitates Mauritanian Counterpart On Independence Day
[SPS]Bir Lehlou -President of the Republic, Secretary General of the Frente Polisario Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz has sent a letter of congratulation to His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, on the 53rd anniversary of the independence of his country, celebrated on November 28th each year.
Secretary Kerry On Mauritania National Day
[State Department]U.S. Department of State statement by Secretary Kerry on Mauritania National Day
Mauritania National Day
[State Department]Press Statement by John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State
Parties Boycott General Election
[VOA]Mauritania has held its first general elections since a military coup five years ago, but most opposition parties staged a boycott.
Mali, Mauritania to Hold Legislative Elections
[VOA]Dakar/Nouakchott -Mali and Mauritania go to the polls this weekend for legislative elections. Both countries are trying to put the finishing touches on post-coup democratic transitions. However, security concerns in Mali and an opposition boycott in Mauritania have raised concerns of more instability ahead.
Mauritania, France Sign Security Agreement
[Magharebia]Mauritania and France on Sunday (November 17th) signed a "first of its kind" counter-terrorism agreement.
When Hosts Go Without - How to Aid Refugee Camp Hosts
[IRIN]Mbera/Bassikounou -Since April, when the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) started biometric registration of the Malian refugees in Mauritania's Mbera camp, 8,000 of the 68,000 registered refugees have been de-activated from the system - almost all of them Mauritanians from nearby towns and villages hoping to access aid handouts. In September, a small group of camp residents tried to destroy the registration centre in protest of the new system, raising a key question: when and how should aid agencies helping refugees also try to ass
Police Arrest Rappers
[Magharebia]Nouakchott -Nouakchott police on Tuesday (November 13th) arrested performer Leila Moulaye, one day after they took Mauritanian rapper Hamzo Bryn into custody.
ANHRI Condemns Detaining and Interrogating Two Rappers Because of Their Video Clip
[HRInfo]Cairo: -The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, denounced the detention of Mauritanian rapper "Laila Melay" by Mauritanian security forces and interrogating her because of a video clip "starting from Mauritania", which was posted on "Youtube".
Marzouki/Ould Abdel Aziz Talk
[Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -President Moncef Marzouki conferred on Monday morning at Tunis-Carthage International Airport before leaving for Kuwait, with Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.