Mauritania begins covid vaccine campaign

Mauritania today began its COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a shipment of 50,000 doses arrived from China. President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani supervised the process, which took place in the National Hospital Centre in the capital Nouakchott. According to the country's state news agency, Nouakchott

Mauritania's ex-president threatens to break silence, reveal new information

Former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who has been placed under judicial supervision on charges of corruption, on Thursday threatened to break silence via his lawyer, which could lead to "changing many things". On 12 March, an examining magistrate pressed charges against Ould

The new head of the Libyan Presidency Council receives a phone call from the Tunisian president

Mohamed Al-Manfi, head of the new Libyan Presidency Council, received a phone call from the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Qais Said, Monday morning, congratulating him on his assumption of the post.The official of the media office of the new Libyan Presidential Council stated that the Tuni

Morocco accuses Algeria of 'spreading rumours' on Western Sahara

Moroccan Prime Minister, Saad-Eddine El-Othmani, yesterday accused Algeria of "recruiting its official media apparatus with the aim of spreading false news" about the situation in the Western Sahara." El-Othmani was quoted by Hespress as saying that the Algerian move was "part of a systematic cam

Mauritania army announces accidental confrontation with Morocco force

The Mauritanian army has announced on Wednesday an "accidental" confrontation with a Moroccan force at the northern borders of the country. The army disclosed in a statement published on its website that one of its patrols came under fire on Tuesday night after accidentally approaching a defensiv

Morocco is 'always ready to open border with Algeria'

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani has said that his country is "always ready to open the border with Algeria without anything in return." Relations between the two North African states have been stagnant for decades due to the Western Sahara dispute between Rabat and the Polisario Front.

Morocco bans anti-normalisation protest

Authorities in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, have refused to authorise an anti-normalisation demonstration that was scheduled to take place yesterday outside parliament, local sources have said. Six Moroccan associations issued a joint statement condemning the decision as a "dangerous step". The

Morocco mediates between Al-Mishri and Saleh to save Libya dialogue

A member of the dialogue delegation of Libya’s High Council of State confirmed on Wednesday ongoing Moroccan efforts to organise a meeting between the council Chairman Khalid Al-Mishri and Speaker of the House of Representatives in Tobruk Aguila Saleh. The delegation member, who spoke to&nb

Mauritania freezes assets of ex-president while searching for more abroad

Authorities in Mauritania have frozen the assets of former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz following his arrest last month and the impending investigation into financial corruption during his ten years in office. Abdel Aziz was released three weeks ago and placed under surve

Former Mauritania president refuses to reveal source of wealth

Former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz refused to answer questions relating to the source of his wealth during a press conference held on Thursday. Ould Abdel Aziz indicated that the first year of President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani’s rule witnessed “corruption scandal

Mauritania: Ex-president placed under investigation

The former Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz has been placed under investigation on charges of corruption, after a parliamentary committee scrutinised his ten years in office. Ould Abdel Aziz initially refused to cooperate with investigators and refused to answer their questions on the pretex

Libya government official ready to meet pro-Haftar leader in Morocco

Chairman of Libya’s High Council of State, Khalid Al-Mishri, announced that he is ready to meet with Aguila Saleh, speaker of the pro-Haftar parliament based in Tobruk, in Morocco, Anadolu reported yesterday. Speaking to Moroccan Media

Ex-Mauritanian President Accuses Successor of Allying with Muslim Brotherhood to Eliminate Him

Mauritania’s former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has accused his successor of allying with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) organization to eliminate him politically and try him on “insubstantial” charges. Abdel Aziz, who has been pursued by authorities on corruption charge, iss

Libya's Haftar calls for support amid military losses

East Libya-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar on Saturday asked his supporters to stay united after suffering many military defeats in the western parts of the country. Following his call, pro-Haftar accounts on social media launched a campaign. Demonstrations in his support were held in the e

Tunisia prints banknote featuring first woman doctor, Dr Tewhida ben Sheikh

The Central Bank of Tunisia announced on Thursday that the new 10 Tunisian dinar note would feature female doctor Tewhida ben Sheikh, a first for the country. Ben Sheikh (1909-2010) was the first Muslim woman to become a physician in North Africa in the 20th century, and is particularly renowned fo

Algeria to suspend all flights to and from France over coronavirus

Algeria’s state carrier Air Algerie will suspend all flights to and from France starting March 17 due to the coronavirus outbreak, state television reported on Sunday. But Air Algerie will arrange emergency flights to bring back dozens of Algerian travelers and those based in France, it said.

Tunisia arrests five people over US embassy attack

Five people have been arrested in Tunisia over a double suicide attack that killed a police officer near the US embassy in Tunis last week, the prosecution said on Tuesday. Two suicide bombers struck outside the embassy on Friday, wounding six other people and again shaking a city repeatedly hit by

Tunisia suspends ferries to north Italy over coronavirus

Tunisia will suspend passenger ferry services to northern Italy because of the new coronavirus, Health Minister Abdelatif el-Mekki said on Wednesday at a news conference. Tunisia announced on Monday it had confirmed a first case of the coronavirus, a Tunisian national who had recently arrived from