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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.
By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanians have voted hugely in favor of limiting the number of terms future presidents can serve, early indications from a referendum in the Islamic republic showed on Monday.
By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday dropped a demand that Mauritania's ousted president should be restored, saying it was pressing the military junta in the West African state to carry out a constitutional transition of power.
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.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Mauritania's ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya vowed on Monday to return to his country despite being deposed by a military coup last week.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Mauritania's ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, deposed in a military coup last week, has vowed to return to his country soon, satellite television Al Arabiya said on Monday.
By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's new army rulers ordered the release on Sunday of around 20 Islamist activists who had been jailed by ousted President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya for their alleged links with a group allied to al Qaeda.
By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's capital was calm on Thursday as the country waited for announcements from a group of officers who said they had seized power to end more than two decades of "totalitarian" rule by the president.
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