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Mali seeks to contain Ebola fears after girl dies

Bamako - Mali authorities on Saturday sought to calm fears after Ebola claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometre bus journey before being treated.

Mali sees first Ebola case while death toll nears 5,000

Malian Health Minister Ousmane Kone spoke on state television on Thursday, confirming the country's first case of Ebola. The victim is a two-year-old child who tested positive for the virus after returning from Guinea.

Mali asks for rapid response team from UN to fight jihadists

Bamako - Mali has requested that the UN send more troops, specifically a rapid intervention force, to fight Islamist militants after recent attacks on UN peacekeepers in the north of the country.

Nine peacekeepers killed in worst-ever attack on UN in Mali

Bamako - Suspected Islamists on motorbikes killed nine United Nations peacekeepers from Niger in northeastern Mali, in the deadliest ever attack on the mission, military sources said.

Nine peacekeepers killed in worst-ever attack on UN in Mali

Bamako - Suspected Islamists on motorbikes killed nine United Nations peacekeepers from Niger on Friday in northeastern Mali, in the deadliest ever attack on the mission, military sources said.

Cause of fatal Mali air crash still a mystery: probe

Bamako - Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people in July said on Saturday there was no obvious lead yet and all possibilities, including terrorism, were being explored.

Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali suicide attack

Bamako - Two United Nations peacekeepers, from Burkina Faso, were killed in a suicide car bombing in northern Mali, the UN and Mali security sources said.

Air Algerie crash black boxes begin journey to France

Bamako - The black boxes from the Air Algerie plane disaster on Sunday began their journey to France from northern Mali as investigators ramped up efforts to find the cause of the deadly crash.

Experts to begin probe into Air Algerie crash

Bamako - The second black box from the Air Algerie plane disaster was recovered Saturday at the remote crash site in northern Mali as investigators headed to the scene to determine the cause of the tragedy.

Air Algerie crash wipes out entire families

Bamako - All passengers and crew on board an Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali died in the tragedy, which completely wiped out several families, France announced.

No survivors from Air Algerie plane crash: French president

Bamako - France announced on Friday there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster.

Tuareg rebels kill 50 Malian soldiers after clashes in Kidal

Bamako - After France intervened in Mali, the Islamists who had been occupying the area were driven into the hinterland and the main towns came under government control. However the city of Kidal and some other northern areas are again controlled by Tuareg rebels.

Mali leader urges ceasefire, orders three days of mourning

Bamako - Mali's president called for a ceasefire in the restive north of the country and ordered three days of mourning as Tuareg separatists claimed they captured more than a key desert bastion after slaying several soldiers.

1,500 troops sent to retake rebel stronghold in Mali

Bamako - Mali has sent 1,500 troops to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal after Tuareg separatists staged a siege in local government offices, sparking a gun battle in which dozens of people were killed.

Mali 'at war with terrorists' after dozens die in clashes: PM

Bamako - Mali's Prime Minister Moussa Mara warned the country was "at war" with terrorists in the northern city of Kidal, after clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead.

Jihadist group in Mali announces death of French hostage

Bamako - One of Mali's top jihadist groups said on Tuesday a French hostage it had kidnapped in November 2012 was dead.

Mali free of deadly Ebola epidemic: govt

Bamako - Mali said on Tuesday it was clear of the Ebola epidemic suspected to be behind around 130 deaths this year in Guinea and Liberia.

New Mali PM chooses ministers with focus on reconciliation

Bamako - Mali's new Prime Minister Moussa Mara formed a government, with the outgoing foreign minister becoming reconciliation minister as the deeply-divided nation recovers from months of ruinous conflict.

Mali's first post-war premier resigns

Bamako - Mali's first post-war prime minister has been replaced just six months into office after he announced the resignation of his entire government, a statement from the presidency said.

West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers

Bamako - Several west African countries geared up on Friday to tackle killer haemorraghic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea, as suspect cases emerge in Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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