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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.

Mali troops get reacquainted with lost north

Goundam - For Malian troops making their first forays into the country's north since jihadists took control, French military support provides reassurance at a time when they are strangers in their own back yard.

Under siege: Villagers in fear in Mali's bandit country

Goundam - Only the poor, old and sick have stuck around, holed up at home, trembling at the slightest noise, in the once-thriving Malian settlement of Bintagoungou, now little more than a ghost town.

Militants kill Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper in Mali's capital

Bamako - Militants opened fire on two Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Mali's Bamako on Monday, killing one, the second attack within days in the capital of what is considered the most dangerous UN mission in the world.

Mali government signs peace deal in absence of rebels

Bamako - Mali's government and several armed groups signed a peace accord Friday in a ceremony attended by numerous heads-of-state but missing the crucial backing of the main Tuareg-led rebel groups.

Rebels kill eight Malian soldiers: humanitarian, security sources

Bamako - Eight Malian soldiers were killed Monday in the country's restive desert in an ambush by fighters from the west African nation's main Tuareg-led rebel alliance, humanitarian and security sources said.

Clashes between Mali army, rebels leave 19 dead

Bamako - Ten militants and nine soldiers died in clashes between the Malian army and the main Tuareg rebel alliance, the government said, raising fears for the country's fragile peace process.

Mali peace deal threatened as army and rebels clash

Bamako - Armed insurgents exchanged fire with soldiers in Mali, plunging peace negotiations into disarray in the first clash this year between government forces and the main Tuareg rebel alliance.

Two UN drivers killed in northern Mali as convoy attacked

Bamako - Two drivers were shot dead in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, the UN mission said Saturday.
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