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Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay

Alger - The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday in Algiers but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots.

Mali turns to environmentally friendly mud homes to save trees

In Mali's poorest villages, building a house can be a costly venture. It often involves cutting already depleted forests for wood and saving enough money to have corrugated sheetmetal shipped in for a roof.

Dozen killed in suicide attack against Mali rebels

Bamako - An attack overnight in northern Mali by a pro-government armed group including suicide bombers killed a dozen people, security sources said Wednesday.

Mali government, UN declare country Ebola-free

Bamako - The Malian government and the United Nations on Sunday declared the country free of Ebola after 42 days without any new cases of the deadly virus.

Peacekeeper killed in fresh attack on UN camp in Mali: Source

Bamako - A soldier with the UN force in Mali was killed early on Saturday when gunmen launched a fresh attack on the camp housing UN troops in the country's north, a source told AFP.

Seven ministers depart as Mali names new government

Bamako - Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita named seven new ministers on Saturday, with cabinet members replaced in key defence and economy posts in the strife-torn west African nation.

Op-Ed: More warnings about 'terrorist threat' in Libya

Tripoli - There are new warnings about the threat of radical Islamist groups in Libya and also calls for foreign intervention. Several groups in Libya have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

At least eight dead in raid on Mali army base

D - At least eight people were killed in a gun attack Monday on a Malian army base close to the Mauritanian border, a UN military source said.

Op-Ed: Several African countries call for foreign intervention in Libya

Tripoli - Leaders of several African countries are calling on the West to intervene in Libya in order to stop instability from spreading across the Sahel and threatening fragile governments in the region.

'I was no longer human' says Frenchman of 3 years in captivity

Paris - Beaten, bound and fed mostly dry bread, on the darkest days of his three years held captive by Islamists in the Sahel, Frenchman Serge Lazarevic felt he was no longer human."There was no time, there were no bearings.

Mali minister admits prisoners freed for French hostage

Bamako - Mali admitted Friday that prisoners had been freed in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic, confirming information given to AFP earlier this week by a security source in the west African country.

French hostage Lazarevic arrives home after three years in captivity

Paris - France's last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrived home Wednesday after three years at the hands of Islamist militants, to be greeted by his family and French President Francois Hollande.

France's last hostage freed in Mali after three years

Paris - France's last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped by Islamist militants in Mali in 2011, has been freed, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday.

N. African militants release video of French, Dutch hostages

Paris - The North African jihadist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb released a video Monday purporting to show a French and a Dutch hostage held since November 2011 in the Sahara.

N. African militants release video of French, Dutch hostages

Washington - The North African jihadist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb released a video Monday purporting to show a French and a Dutch hostage held since November 2011 in the Sahara.

The Barr Brothers jump into sonic adventures Special

With a mix of soul, folk, and desert blues going into their brand of rock and roll, the Barr Brothers are creating a space for their music that soars past tidy categorizations.

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.

Voice recordings in Air Algerie crash 'unusable': investigators

Le Bourget - Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people last month said on Thursday they had been unable to access voice recordings from the flight deck."The tape was a little bit damaged. We were able to extract it...

First results of probe into Air Algerie crash expected

Paris - French officials were Thursday expected to reveal the first results of their investigation into the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed all 116 people on board.

Lebanon supplies DNA samples in Air Algerie crash case

Beirut - Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told AFP on Friday.

Identifying Mali air crash victims 'could take years'

Algiers - Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police said on Thursday.

Pilots of Air Algerie jet asked to turn back: France

Paris - France said Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back in a new development to a complex probe into the tragedy.

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.

France declares three-day national mourning after Mali crash

Paris - France on Saturday declared a three-day period of national mourning over the Air Algerie crash that killed all 118 people on board including 54 French nationals.
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Canada's C-17 heavy-lift military transport plane touched down on Malian soil carrying a French military armoured vehicle among other equipment
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Masons have been trained in the Nubian vault style of architecture.
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A street scene in Timbuktu, Mali
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Islamist rebels in Mali
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French troops embark for Mali on a Royal Air Force Boeing C-17 transport from Evreux Air Base in Northern France, January 2013
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The Mali conflict zones of control as at 26 January 2013
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The oldest Nubian Vaults in the world: At the Ramasseum, Luxor, Egypt (1,250 BC)
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Militants in Mali.
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Children in school in Mali.
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Government militia forces in training in Mali
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A French Dassault Rafale fighter jet.
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Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali
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The Great Mosque of Djenné is a prime example of using adobe bricks to build structures.
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