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Mali votes despite coronavirus and security fears

Bamako - Malians voted in a long-delayed parliamentary election on Sunday, barely a day after the country recorded its first coronavirus death and with the leading opposition figure kidnapped and believed to be in the hands of jihadists.

Western couple seized in Burkina Faso two years ago found in Mali

Bamako - A Canadian woman and her Italian partner kidnapped in Burkina Faso in 2018 have been found in good health in the northwest of Mali after fleeing their captors and were set to be repatriated, diplomatic and UN sources said on Saturday.

Western couple abducted in Burkina in 2018 found alive in Mali

Bamako - A Canadian woman and her Italian partner kidnapped in Burkina Faso in 2018 have been found alive in the northwest of Mali by UN peacekeepers, diplomatic and UN sources said on Saturday.

Mali village scarred by February 14 massacre

Mopti - Less than a year after more than 160 Fulani civilians were massacred at dawn in Ogossagou in central Mali, terror returned to the small village.

Attack kills 21 in central Mali ethnic flashpoint

Bamako - Twenty-one people were killed in an attack overnight on a village in central Mali, the government said Friday, in an apparent spate of ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region.

Mali army returns to former rebel bastion Kidal in symbolic move

Bamako - The Malian army has returned to the northern town of Kidal, the military said on Thursday, six years after they were driven out of the former rebel-held bastion that became a symbol of failing government control over parts of the country.

Mali president acknowledges contacts with jihadists

Bamako - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has for the first time acknowledged contacts with jihadist insurgents, an option the government has long rejected.

US aviation agents deny destroying Malian musician's instrument

Bamako - United States aviation security officials have denied destroying a precious traditional instrument belonging to a Malian musician, responding to an incident that sparked outrage online.

Islamic State replaces al-Qaeda as Enemy No. 1 in Sahel

Bamako - Brutal attacks that have killed nearly 300 people in less than two months have propelled the Islamic State to the status of the Sahel's most-feared jihadist group, eclipsing al-Qaeda, experts say.

Mali crisis talks end urging new elections and constitution

Bamako - Talks on finding a political solution to Mali's deepening crisis ended Sunday with calls to hold new elections and revise the country's constitution, an AFP journalist said.

Jihadist crisis puts Mali's political class under pressure

Bamako - As Mali's gruelling jihadist conflict grinds on, many say military forces cannot be expected to do all the heavy lifting, and the country's fractured political class has to help.

Malians rally to support army as 20 bodies found in village

Bamako - Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali's capital Bamako on Friday to support the West African country's army, which has suffered heavy losses as it struggles to quell a jihadist revolt.

France claims death of top jihadist leader in Mali

Gao - France on Tuesday announced the death of a top jihadist leader in Mali as it sought to reassure the West African nation of European support in the fight against militant bloodshed.

Mali president says stability at stake after deadly army base attack

Bamako - Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appealed for citizens to unite behind the country's army, after the latest deadly militant strike killed more than 40 soldiers.

Despair, jihadism and revolt: Mali's torn heart

Mopti - Untroubled by time, the mighty Niger River glides through the Sahel city as women wash their clothes in its brackish waters and cows slumber nearby in the heat.

Fresh attack pushes Mali army death toll to 51

Bamako - A day after dozens of Malian soldiers died in a devastating jihadist raid on a military base, a roadside bomb killed two more troops in the violence-wracked West African country, the army said Sunday.

IS claims responsibility for deadly Mali attacks on 50 soldiers

Bamako - The Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a devastating raid that killed 49 Malian troops as well as a blast that led to the death of a French soldier who became the latest casualty in the conflict-torn region.

Attack on Mali military post kills 53 soldiers

Bamako - Fifty-three soldiers were killed Friday in a "terrorist attack" on a Mali military post in the northeast of the country, the government said.The assault is one of the deadliest strikes against Mali's military in recent Islamist militant violence.

Mali president on the ropes as jihadist revolt mounts

Bamako - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has few strong cards left to play as he seeks to roll back a jihadist insurgency and mounting public discontent.

Mali declares national mourning after jihadist raids on military camps

Bamako - Malian troops backed by foreign allies on Wednesday launched a hunt for scores of soldiers listed as missing after one of the deadliest attacks in a seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.
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