Latest Mauritanian coup d'état Stories
By Ahmed Mohamed and Todd Pitman Associated Press NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Army commanders ousted Mauritania's first freely elected president in two decades Wednesday after an increasingly bitter political fight over his ties to allies of a reviled former dictator and his overtures to Islamic radicals.
By Claire Soares HAVING FIRED his top military brass over breakfast yesterday, Mauritania's President was probably feeling supremely powerful.
The North African nation of Mauritania underwent a military coup Wednesday when troops arrested its president, a family member said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington dropped its demand that the ousted Mauritanian president be restored and said on Tuesday it was now dealing with the coup's leaders to persuade them to find a constitutional transition of power.
By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Western nations will support the military junta that staged a bloodless coup in Mauritania if it shows it can live up to its promise of organizing democratic elections, diplomats said on Tuesday.
NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Soldiers surrounded Mauritania's state radio station on Wednesday and blocked off streets around the presidency building while President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was out of the country, a witness said. "State radio has been off air since this morning.
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