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Spoils of peace undermining stability in Mali

Bamako - Three months after the completion of a peace deal to end decades of conflict in northern Mali, stability remains an elusive dream undermined by tribal rivalries and internecine power struggles.

UN declares security zone around north Mali town after clashes

Bamako - UN peacekeepers said they would establish a 20-kilometre "security zone" around the town of Kidal in restive northern Mali with effect from Tuesday following deadly clashes between a pro-government group and Tuareg rebels.

Two wounded in Mali police outpost shooting

Bamako - A policeman and a civilian were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a police outpost in Mali's capital Bamako, an attack a minister insisted was an "isolated act".

Mali seeks answers after deadly hotel siege

Bamako - Malian authorities Sunday sought to identify the perpetrators of a hotel siege in the central town of Sevare that ended with the deaths of at least 12 people including five UN workers.

At least 12 killed as Mali hotel siege ends

Bamako - At least 12 people including four foreign UN contractors died in a hostage siege at a hotel in central Mali that ended after government troops stormed the building.

Foreigners rescued as Mali hotel siege leaves seven dead

Bamako - Five foreigners have been evacuated and a "number" of hostages freed after they were trapped by gunmen in a hotel standoff with soldiers in central Mali that left at least seven people dead, military sources said early Saturday.

Several foreigners held hostage, eight killed in Mali hotel attack

Bamako - A Ukrainian hostage managed to escape from the "four or five terrorists" who were still barricaded inside the hotel in Sevare, telling soldiers that he had been with three South Africans and a Russian when the shooting began.

Mali arrests five over Qaeda attack that killed 11 soldiers

Bamako - Malian forces arrested five people suspected of involvement in an attack that left 11 soldiers dead, but the release of a former top jihadist sparked outrage among human rights groups.

11 soldiers killed in attack on Mali camp: Government

Bamako - Eleven soldiers were killed Monday in a "terrorist" attack on their camp in northern Mali's Timbuktu region, a government statement said, an assault claimed by Al-Qaeda's front group in the region.

Mali troops destroy jihadist camps near I.Coast border: Military

Bamako - Malian troops destroyed two jihadist camps and arrested 15 suspected militants in the latest operation combatting radical Islamist groups near the southern border with Ivory Coast, military sources said.

UN asks ICC to investigate destruction of Mali mausoleums

Goundam - The UN's cultural wing has reported the destruction of precious mausoleums during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali to the International Criminal Court, its head said on a visit to witness their reconstruction.

Malian troops kill jihadists on I. Coast border: Mali army

Bamako - Malian troops killed several jihadists near the country's southern border with Ivory Coast and destroyed the insurgents' camp in a forest straddling the frontier, several Malian military officials said.

Militants in Mali kill six UN peacekeepers

Bamako - Militants killed at least six United Nations soldiers on Thursday in northern Mali, in one the deadliest ever attacks on the world's most dangerous peacekeeping mission, claimed by Al-Qaeda's north African arm.

Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens I. Coast and Mauritania

Bamako - Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries.

French defence minister in Mali visit to shore up peace deal

Bamako - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Mali to show his support for a landmark peace deal agreed in the former colony to end years of unrest and ethnic divisions.

Mali's Tuareg-led rebels sign landmark peace deal

Bamako - Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal on Saturday to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency.

Mali close to peace deal after militia leaves key town

Bamako - Mali's warring factions look close to signing a landmark peace deal to end years of unrest after pro-government militia leaders agreed to evacuate a flashpoint town and the government dropped arrest warrants for several rebels.

Mali MPs approve government stability programme

Bamako - Malian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to adopt new Prime Minister Modibo Keita's government programme on Friday as the country looks to establish a lasting peace deal after years of unrest.

French troops in Mali struggle to identify the enemy

Goundam - Confronted with jihadists, separatists, traffickers and bandits, all in similar pick-ups and wearing the same military garb, French troops in Mali face a vexing conundrum -- figuring out exactly who the enemy is.

Policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern Mali

Bamako - Suspected jihadists killed a policeman in a rare attack in southern Mali, hoisting their black flag at the local military base, just days before the country's main Tuareg-led rebel movement is expected to sign a peace deal.
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