Mauritania

Country Mauritania
Capital Nouakchott
Continent Africa
Currency Ouguiya(MRO)
Languages Arabic, Pulaar, Soninke, Wolof, French, Zenaga & Berber

Nouakchott

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Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and ushered in a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and is having to confront a growing terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

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Mauritania - CIA World Fact Book
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Gold rush in Mauritania sparks illegal trade in archeological objects - FRANCE 24Gold rush in Mauritania sparks illegal trade in archeological objects  FRANCE 24

19 Killed in Attack on Mali Army Base Near Mauritania Border - VOA News19 Killed in Attack on Mali Army Base Near Mauritania Border  VOA News

UNICEF Mauritania Humanitarian Situation Report (1 January to 31 December 2019) - Mauritania - ReliefWebUNICEF Mauritania Humanitarian Situation Report (1 January to 31 December 2019) - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Mauritania seeks Turkey's development in transportation - Anadolu AgencyMauritania seeks Turkey's development in transportation  Anadolu Agency

UNHCR Mauritania Factsheet - October 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebUNHCR Mauritania Factsheet - October 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 January 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 January 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

WFP Mauritania Country Brief, November 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebWFP Mauritania Country Brief, November 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Mauritanian official forced to resign after anti-Semitic tweet - The Times of IsraelMauritanian official forced to resign after anti-Semitic tweet  The Times of Israel

Participatory Assessment Report - 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebParticipatory Assessment Report - 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Mauritania: Presidential Transition - Human Rights WatchMauritania: Presidential Transition  Human Rights Watch

A Presidential Rift Sours Mauritania’s Political Transition - World Politics ReviewA Presidential Rift Sours Mauritania’s Political Transition  World Politics Review

Mauritanian President Introduces First Partial Amendment to Cabinet - Asharq Al-awsat EnglishMauritanian President Introduces First Partial Amendment to Cabinet  Asharq Al-awsat English

Mauritania tests drones for desert locust combat - BBC NewsMauritania tests drones for desert locust combat  BBC News

Mauritania moves to regulate sale of medicines - Journalducameroun.com - EnglishMauritania moves to regulate sale of medicines  Journalducameroun.com - English

When successors rebel against their mentors: Mauritania, Angola, Botswana - Africanews EnglishWhen successors rebel against their mentors: Mauritania, Angola, Botswana  Africanews English

Mauritania’s new president restores links with the country’s opponents exiled in Morocco - Yabiladi in EnglishMauritania’s new president restores links with the country’s opponents exiled in Morocco  Yabiladi in English

Aly Abeid: Valenciennes sign Levante and Mauritania full-back - Goal.comAly Abeid: Valenciennes sign Levante and Mauritania full-back  Goal.com

Mauritania: Gay couple arrested in Nouakchott after marriage - The North Africa PostMauritania: Gay couple arrested in Nouakchott after marriage  The North Africa Post

Mauritania's new president sets down his mark - Middle East OnlineMauritania's new president sets down his mark  Middle East Online

In 2019, European Union enabled vital humanitarian air services to continue in Mauritania - Mauritania - ReliefWebIn 2019, European Union enabled vital humanitarian air services to continue in Mauritania - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

In Mauritania, Imams take to Radio Waves to say Child Marriage is Against Islam - Inter Press ServiceIn Mauritania, Imams take to Radio Waves to say Child Marriage is Against Islam  Inter Press Service

Zambia, Mauritania think agriculture - Zambia Daily MailZambia, Mauritania think agriculture  Zambia Daily Mail

Counterpart partners with USDA in developing Mauritania's educational system - Ventures AfricaCounterpart partners with USDA in developing Mauritania's educational system  Ventures Africa

Mauritania: Telecom regulator imposes $3.6m fine on mobile operators - Journalducameroun.com - EnglishMauritania: Telecom regulator imposes $3.6m fine on mobile operators  Journalducameroun.com - English

Mauritania to use drones to take on desert locusts - DroneDJMauritania to use drones to take on desert locusts  DroneDJ

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20 troops killed in Mali attack, militants suspected - Anadolu Agency20 troops killed in Mali attack, militants suspected  Anadolu Agency

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At least 20 Mali soldiers killed in JNIM attack on Sokolo camp - The Defense PostAt least 20 Mali soldiers killed in JNIM attack on Sokolo camp  The Defense Post

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Buhari Reflects On 'historic' Ties With Mauritania - TODAY NEWS AFRICABuhari Reflects On 'historic' Ties With Mauritania  TODAY NEWS AFRICA

Blogger arrested over alleged cyber crimes – Mauritania - Political Analysis South AfricaBlogger arrested over alleged cyber crimes – Mauritania  Political Analysis South Africa

Five Malian soldiers killed in attack near Mauritanian border - cgtn.comFive Malian soldiers killed in attack near Mauritanian border  cgtn.com

Madrasa e-learning platform’s offline tools delivered to more than 10,000 students, teachers in Tunisia, Mauritania - UrduPoint NewsMadrasa e-learning platform’s offline tools delivered to more than 10,000 students, teachers in Tunisia, Mauritania  UrduPoint News

Mauritania announces creation of a parliamentary group for children - DevdiscourseMauritania announces creation of a parliamentary group for children  Devdiscourse

Confederation Cup: Libya's Al Nasr one of five teams to advance - BBC SportConfederation Cup: Libya's Al Nasr one of five teams to advance  BBC Sport

Conjoined Mauritanian twins arrive in Saudi Arabia for separation - Arab NewsConjoined Mauritanian twins arrive in Saudi Arabia for separation  Arab News

HM The Sultan Receives Secretary General of Mauritanian Presidency - Oman News AgencyHM The Sultan Receives Secretary General of Mauritanian Presidency  Oman News Agency

Mauritanian and Senegalese institutes join hand for multipurpose activities - DevdiscourseMauritanian and Senegalese institutes join hand for multipurpose activities  Devdiscourse

Match facts: Egypt's Masry v Mauritania's FC Nouadhibou (African Confederation Cup) - Egyptian Football - Sports - Ahram OnlineMatch facts: Egypt's Masry v Mauritania's FC Nouadhibou (African Confederation Cup) - Egyptian Football - Sports  Ahram Online

Political tension in Mauritania amid return of former leader - Al Jazeera AmericaPolitical tension in Mauritania amid return of former leader  Al Jazeera America

Mauritania: University Age Cutoff Suspended - Human Rights WatchMauritania: University Age Cutoff Suspended  Human Rights Watch

At Least 58 Migrants Drown After Boat Capsizes Off Mauritania - The New York TimesAt Least 58 Migrants Drown After Boat Capsizes Off Mauritania  The New York Times

Mauritania: Widespread Arrests to Blunt Backlash Over Election - Human Rights WatchMauritania: Widespread Arrests to Blunt Backlash Over Election  Human Rights Watch

How has Mauritania managed to stave off terror attacks? - Institute for Security StudiesHow has Mauritania managed to stave off terror attacks?  Institute for Security Studies

Mauritania set for first democratic transition of power - BBC NewsMauritania set for first democratic transition of power  BBC News

Mauritania’s Travel Advisory Now Includes Level 4 Notice - Vax Before TravelMauritania’s Travel Advisory Now Includes Level 4 Notice  Vax Before Travel

New government formed in Mauritania - Anadolu AgencyNew government formed in Mauritania  Anadolu Agency

Mauritania: Take Key Steps for Women's Rights - Human Rights WatchMauritania: Take Key Steps for Women's Rights  Human Rights Watch

Mauritania releases Facebook blogger convicted of blasphemy - BBC NewsMauritania releases Facebook blogger convicted of blasphemy  BBC News

Mauritania: Former General Mohamed Ould Ghazouani wins presidential election - Deutsche WelleMauritania: Former General Mohamed Ould Ghazouani wins presidential election  Deutsche Welle

Mauritania opposition candidates challenge presidential election result - ReutersMauritania opposition candidates challenge presidential election result  Reuters

Mauritania: Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Updated December 16, 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania: Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Updated December 16, 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Kosmos Energy makes major gas discovery off Mauritania - ReutersKosmos Energy makes major gas discovery off Mauritania  Reuters

Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 October 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 October 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Mauritania: New President must prioritise human rights - Amnesty InternationalMauritania: New President must prioritise human rights  Amnesty International

Satellite data shows hunger looming in Senegal, Mauritania - Al Jazeera EnglishSatellite data shows hunger looming in Senegal, Mauritania  Al Jazeera English

Mauritania: Authorities must exercise restraint in policing protests and lift the internet shutdown - Amnesty InternationalMauritania: Authorities must exercise restraint in policing protests and lift the internet shutdown  Amnesty International

BP encounters gas in drilling offshore Mauritania, Senegal - ReutersBP encounters gas in drilling offshore Mauritania, Senegal  Reuters

Mauritania shuts down internet after disputed elections - QuartzMauritania shuts down internet after disputed elections  Quartz

Slavery Still Alive and Well in Mauritania – United Nations - The African ExponentSlavery Still Alive and Well in Mauritania – United Nations  The African Exponent

Ghazouani sworn in as new Mauritanian president - Anadolu AgencyGhazouani sworn in as new Mauritanian president  Anadolu Agency

UN Rights Agency Welcomes Landmark Rape Conviction in Mauritania - VOA NewsUN Rights Agency Welcomes Landmark Rape Conviction in Mauritania  VOA News

WFP Mauritania Country Brief, October 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebWFP Mauritania Country Brief, October 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Mauritanian port redevelopment gains investment | ALB Article - African Law & Business (ALB)Mauritanian port redevelopment gains investment | ALB Article  African Law & Business (ALB)

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Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 August 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 August 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Gambia's coastal town shocked by boat wreck in Mauritania - Anadolu AgencyGambia's coastal town shocked by boat wreck in Mauritania  Anadolu Agency

Mauritania faces race against time to capitalise on natural gas reserves - The Africa ReportMauritania faces race against time to capitalise on natural gas reserves  The Africa Report

Camels gift from EU bewilders Mauritanians - BBC NewsCamels gift from EU bewilders Mauritanians  BBC News

Mauritania: Floods in Guidimakha - Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update, DREF n° MDRMR010 - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania: Floods in Guidimakha - Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update, DREF n° MDRMR010 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

This 40-Year-Old Entrepreneur Built A $50 Million Security Firm In Mauritania, Now He's Chasing Gold - ForbesThis 40-Year-Old Entrepreneur Built A $50 Million Security Firm In Mauritania, Now He's Chasing Gold  Forbes

Mauritania remains stuck in the past, by Pierre Daum - Le Monde DiplomatiqueMauritania remains stuck in the past, by Pierre Daum  Le Monde Diplomatique

Mauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 June 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania: UNHCR Operational Update as of 15 June 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Gambian president vows to punish traffickers after boat disaster - Al Jazeera EnglishGambian president vows to punish traffickers after boat disaster  Al Jazeera English

Mauritania rise from fourth worst team in world to Africa’s grand stage - The GuardianMauritania rise from fourth worst team in world to Africa’s grand stage  The Guardian

Mauritania – Presidential election (22.06.19) - France-Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères - France DiplomatieMauritania – Presidential election (22.06.19) - France-Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères  France Diplomatie

Mauritania: Allow Ex-Guantanamo Detainee to Travel - Human Rights WatchMauritania: Allow Ex-Guantanamo Detainee to Travel  Human Rights Watch

Mauritanian Refugees On War, Genocide And Exile - WVXUMauritanian Refugees On War, Genocide And Exile  WVXU

Mauritania: President Assigns Ismail Ould Sidia as PM - Asharq Al-awsat EnglishMauritania: President Assigns Ismail Ould Sidia as PM  Asharq Al-awsat English

Mauritanian court confirms election win for government-backed candidate - ReutersMauritanian court confirms election win for government-backed candidate  Reuters

IOM Supports Cross-border Communities Between Mauritania and Mali - Mauritania - ReliefWebIOM Supports Cross-border Communities Between Mauritania and Mali - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

ICE is Shipping Ohio's Mauritanians Back to Slavery's Last Stronghold in Northwest Africa - Cleveland SceneICE is Shipping Ohio's Mauritanians Back to Slavery's Last Stronghold in Northwest Africa  Cleveland Scene

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WFP Mauritania Country Brief, September 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebWFP Mauritania Country Brief, September 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

The unspeakable truth about slavery in Mauritania | Global development - The GuardianThe unspeakable truth about slavery in Mauritania | Global development  The Guardian

MAURITANIA: Government wants to expand water supply network - AFRIK 21MAURITANIA: Government wants to expand water supply network  AFRIK 21

UNICEF Mauritania Humanitarian Situation Report (July – September 2019) - Mauritania - ReliefWebUNICEF Mauritania Humanitarian Situation Report (July – September 2019) - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Mauritania: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee 126th session, 1-26 July 2019 - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania: Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee 126th session, 1-26 July 2019 - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

There's hope that Mauritania will serve as a model for others in Africa - Washington TimesThere's hope that Mauritania will serve as a model for others in Africa  Washington Times

Mauritania election primer - Atlantic CouncilMauritania election primer  Atlantic Council

News - Kalmar equipment for ARISE Mauritania - WorldCargo NewsNews - Kalmar equipment for ARISE Mauritania  WorldCargo News

Crossing the river: Black Mauritanians haunted by mass expulsion to Senegal - Middle East EyeCrossing the river: Black Mauritanians haunted by mass expulsion to Senegal  Middle East Eye

Mauritania "blasphemy blogger" still in jail - RFI EnglishMauritania "blasphemy blogger" still in jail  RFI English

Huge Natural Gas Discovery Offshore Mauritania Said Enough to Support LNG Exports - Natural Gas IntelligenceHuge Natural Gas Discovery Offshore Mauritania Said Enough to Support LNG Exports  Natural Gas Intelligence

MAURITANIA: 51 hydraulic distribution networks in progress - AFRIK 21MAURITANIA: 51 hydraulic distribution networks in progress  AFRIK 21

Orca find boosts Mauritania LNG prospects - Petroleum EconomistOrca find boosts Mauritania LNG prospects  Petroleum Economist

Two journalists arrested, internet shut down amid disputed election in Mauritania - CPJ Press Freedom OnlineTwo journalists arrested, internet shut down amid disputed election in Mauritania  CPJ Press Freedom Online

Mauritania - Flood (NOAA-CPC, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 29 August 2019) - Mauritania - ReliefWebMauritania - Flood (NOAA-CPC, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 29 August 2019) - Mauritania  ReliefWeb

Van Oord's Largest Hopper Dredger Busy in Mauritania - Dredging TodayVan Oord's Largest Hopper Dredger Busy in Mauritania  Dredging Today