Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the August 8 suicide bombing near the French embassy in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott in which three people were injured, including two French gendarmes.
Mauritania's president and former coup leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has announced he will retain Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf to head a new 27-strong government, which includes the country's first woman foreign minister.
The recent suicide bombing near the French embassy in Mauritania's capital has once again highlighted terrorist activity in the country, something that newly elected president Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz has promised to fight against.
A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the French embassy in Mauritania's capital, wounding two members of staff. Mauritanian police say the suicide bomber was a wanted "member of the jihadist movement".
In this edition: the verdict in one of Morocco's biggest terrorism trials in recent years creates controversy; taps in Mauritania's capital are at imminent risk of running dry; and why Algerians have decided to no longer work on Saturdays.
In this edition: In Mauritania, the opposition rejects presidential poll results; an in-depth look at Moroccan women and their involvement in politics; the Maghreb in a state of emergency as A(H1N1) virus emerges in several countries.
Sid'Ahmed Ould Deye, head of Mauritania's electoral commission, announced on Thursday that he was resigning due to questions over the "reliability" of weekend presidential elections won by an ex-junta leader.
General Abdelaziz, who overthrew Mauritania's first democratically elected leader in a coup last year, has won the presidential election. Opposition leaders protested immediately, accusing Abdelaziz of ballot-rigging. Is the election free and fair?