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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.

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.
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