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'Islamists' stone couple to death in north Mali: official

Bamako - An unmarried couple were stoned to death in public in northeast Mali by "Islamists", local officials told AFP on Wednesday, the first such incident since jihadist groups were driven out of the region.

Nine Malian soldiers killed in central Mali attack

Bamako - Nine Malian soldiers were killed and five wounded in an area regularly targeted by jihadist groups, as the commander of France's counter-terrorism force for the region said an operation on the Burkina Faso border was ongoing.

Five dead in jihadist attack in Mali

Bamako - A Tuareg-led group in Mali said five of its fighters were killed Saturday in an attack blamed on jihadists, a week after a national peace summit called for talks with militants in the country's north.

Four charged in Mali for kidnap of Colombian nun

Bamako - Authorities in Mali charged four men Tuesday over the kidnapping of a Colombian nun, whose whereabouts remain unknown, judicial sources told AFP.

Timbuktu bars smashed by Muslim protesters in Mali

Bamako - Dozens of young Muslims opposed to alcoholic beverages smashed bars and liquor stalls in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu on Saturday, saying they were "places of depravity", local sources said.

Interim authorities to begin work in Mali's north

Bamako - A key step on the road to peace in northern Mali will take place Saturday when interim local authorities begin work, smoothing the path to municipal elections, the Malian government said.

Key parts of Mali peace deal to roll out this month

Bamako - Key provisions of a peace deal signed by the Malian government and ex-rebels in 2015 are finally due to be rolled out imminently, according to an official document obtained by AFP Friday.

Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack

Bamako - Malian officials said Friday two suspected jihadists have been arrested after they planned to stage a suicide attack in the capital Bamako during the France-Africa summit earlier this month.

14 members of pro-govt militia killed in Mali attack

Bamako - A pro-government militia in Mali said that it had lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels, three days after a suicide car bomber left more than 70 dead.

Mali blast death toll rises to over 70

Bamako - More than 70 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Mali targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in the African country, according to an updated toll Thursday.

Gambian crisis takes centre stage at Mali summit

Bamako - The Gambia's political crisis dominated a Mali summit on Saturday as Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow appealed to west African leaders for help ending the impasse.

Africa, France battling same threat, Hollande says in Mali

Bamako - French President Francois Hollande said Friday that those battling jihad in Africa and the Middle East were like France part of "the same fight" against extremism.

Malian soldiers, civilian killed in election-linked attacks

Bamako - Twin attacks blamed on jihadists during weekend municipal elections in Mali left six people dead, security sources said Monday.The violence came as the country held its first election since 2013.

Voters go to the polls in troubled Mali

Bamako - Mali voted in its first elections since 2013, with turnout low as security jitters remained elevated despite an international military intervention.

Mali under threat as peace deal founders, fighting flares

Bamako - With Mali's hard-fought peace deal foundering and jihadist groups back on the offensive, the west African country could be headed for fresh chaos, experts say.

UN peacekeeper, two civilians killed in Mali attack

Bamako - A peacekeeper from Togo and two Malian civilians were killed in an attack on a military convoy in Mali, rounding off a bloody week for foreign forces stationed there, a UN statement said.

Al-Qaeda releases video of Malians shot for 'collaboration'

Bamako - An Al-Qaeda-linked group has released a video showing the purported execution of two Malians accused of collaborating with French counter-terrorism forces in Mali.

Mali election campaign underway after years of delays

Bamako - Campaigning for municipal elections was underway in Mali on Friday under a cloud of apathy and uncertainty, following years of delays due to the persistent insecurity.

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.
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