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Merkel in Africa on trip aimed at stemming migrant flows

Bamako - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned against Africa suffering from a "brain drain" as she arrived on a three-day tour of the continent focused on security and stemming the migrant influx to Europe.

Second peacekeeper dies in Mali as UN admits failings

Bamako - The UN said Tuesday a second peacekeeper had died following an attack on a base in northeastern Mali, as it reported serious failings in its most dangerous ongoing mission.

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, destroyer of Timbuktu shrines

Bamako - Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, sentenced to nine years in jail by the International Criminal Court for destroying heritage sites in Timbuktu, was known as a ruthless enforcer for jihadist group Ansar Dine when it took over the fabled Malian city.

Timbuktu ready to forgive as jihadist faces justice

Goundam - Timbuktu's residents still recall with horror the sight of jihadists waging a campaign of destruction against the fabled Malian city, but now some say they are ready to forgive an extremist whose trial in The Hague they see as a rare moment of justice....

UN Mali mission uncovers arms cache near restive city

Bamako - The United Nations' Mali mission announced Friday the discovery of a large arms cache in the flashpoint city of Kidal, where rival groups have clashed in recent weeks over the country's shaky peace deal.

Popular Mali radio presenter released: reports

Bamako - A popular radio presenter in Mali who was arrested earlier this week was released Thursday, local media reported, a day after violent clashes between his supporters and police left one dead.

Mali extends state of emergency by eight months

Bamako - Lawmakers in Mali agreed to extend a state of emergency across the country by another eight months, officials told AFP, as fresh violence flared in the restive northeast.

Mali arrests senior jihadist blamed for military base attack

Bamako - Malian special forces arrested a senior figure from the Ansar Dine jihadist group close to a central military base where he is accused of planning an attack that killed 17 soldiers.

Mali renews state of emergency after deadly attack

Bamako - The Malian government on Thursday declared a state of emergency, a day after an attack in the centre of the country left 17 soldiers dead and 35 wounded.

Armed group kills 17 soldiers at Mali base

Bamako - Seventeen soldiers were killed and 35 wounded in central Mali in an assault on their base that authorities called a "coordinated terrorist attack".

Two Dutch UN troops killed in Mali training accident

Bamako - Two Dutch UN peacekeepers were accidently killed and one seriously wounded Wednesday in an explosion in northwest Mali during a training exercise, the Dutch defence ministry said.

At least 14 killed in Mali land dispute

Bamako - At least 14 people were killed and more than 40 injured in clashes over land between residents of two central Malian villages, a regional official told AFP Sunday.

Four UN Mali mission staff killed in jihadist attack

Bamako - A Chinese peacekeeper and three civilians working for the UN's Mali mission have become the latest casualties of the troubled outfit, the UN and China's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Five UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack: UN, police sources

Bamako - At least five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali by suspected militants, the UN and police sources said.

Five UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack: UN, police sources

Bamako - At least five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali by suspected militants on Sunday, the UN and police sources said.

Mali family blame UN peacekeepers for death in custody

Bamako - The family of a Malian civilian who died after being arrested by peacekeepers following a deadly jihadist attack claimed his death was due to abuse in custody as the UN Friday promised to "shed light" on the incident.

Five peacekeepers killed in Mali ambush: UN

Bamako - The UN on Thursday said five Chadian peacekeepers had been killed and three others wounded during an ambush in northeastern Mali, raising concern over the rising body count of its mission in the country.

Mali arrests suspected mastermind of Radisson hotel attack

Bamako - A Mauritanian man suspected of planning and carrying out several recent deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali has been arrested in the Malian capital Bamako, security sources told AFP Friday.

Ansar Dine Islamists 'holding three Red Cross workers' in Mali

Bamako - Islamist group Ansar Dine said Thursday it was holding three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend and called for the release of a jihadist arrested by French troops for their safe return.

Ivory Coast attacks 'No2' arrested in Mali

Bamako - Mali's special forces have arrested the suspected "Number Two" of a group of Islamists accused of carrying out an attack last month on Ivory Coast's Grand Bassam resort, Malian security sources told AFP Sunday.
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