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MAURITANIA: Defence minister confirms coup plot, arrests

The Mauritanian government has confirmed reports that several people have been arrested for planning a fresh coup against President Maaouiya Ould Taya. Defence Minister Baba Ould Sidi told the state-run Mauritanian news agency AMI on Tuesday that the coup was due to have taken place as the president left for a visit to France on 14 August. Full Story

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