The head of Mauritania's ruling military junta says he will resign by April 22 and vowed that presidential elections will be held as planned. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz called the June 6 vote "the choice of the people”.
Rohingya boat people found off the Indonesian coast have accused the Thai government of further serious abuses and being cast adrift in engineless boats. Rohingyas are an oppressed Muslim minority based mainly in Burma.
Detained Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari on Monday during his mission to revive hopes of talks between the ruling military junta and Suu Kyi on political reform.
Mauritanian junta leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who seized power in a coup last August, announced that democratic elections would be held on June 6, 2009. It is believed Ould Abdel Aziz, a soldier, may run for office himself.
This week in the Maghreb: Mauritania's ousted president refuses to cooperate with the military junta; still no trial in sight for those suspected of carrying out the 2003 Casablanca bombings; and a look back on Morocco's film festival.
Brought to power in coup d'état in 1984, Lansana Conte would preside over the destinies of Guineans for nearly a quarter of a century. Following are significant dates marking the rule of Conte, who died December 22, 2008 at the age of 74.
The death of Guinea's longtime president Lansana Conte (pictured) at 74 has thrown this resource-rich West African nation of 10 million into turmoil. A military junta, led by an army captain and farmer's son, seized control of the country.
Under threat of EU sanctions, Nouakchott has moved the former Mauritanian president, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, under house arrest since his ouster on August 6, to his native village. France 24 spoke to his daughter on Thursday.
The Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) awarded two prizes to France 24 for its multimedia approach to news coverage and for reporting by Cyril Payen, Solomon Kane and Paul Rush at protests in Burma in October 2007.
EU officials said on Monday that Mauritania could face economic sanctions if the ruling military junta fails to release the country's first democratically elected president and restore constitutional order within a month.