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Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group claims attack on UN camp at Timbuktu

Nouakchott - The main jihadist alliance in Africa's Sahel region with links to Al-Qaeda on Friday claimed an attack last weekend on the UN camp of international troops in northern Mali's historic city of Timbuktu.

Canada rejects UN request to hasten Mali deployment

Ottawa - Canada is still "several months" away from deploying peacekeepers to Mali in support of a UN mission, an official said Thursday, rejecting a UN envoy's call to accelerate its plans.

Timbuktu Malian jihadist faces war crimes court

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist appeared for the first time before an international war crimes judge on Wednesday, accused of demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines, as well as rape, torture and sex slavery.

Timbuktu Malian jihadist to face war crimes court

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist was to appear for the first time Wednesday before international war crimes judges, accused of demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines, as well as rape, torture and sex slavery.

Malian jihadist in court for war crimes on Wednesday

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist will make a first appearance Wednesday before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges over the destruction of holy sites and sex slavery, the tribunal said.

Malian jihadist handed over to ICC on war crimes charges

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist was arrested Saturday and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face war crimes charges for the destruction of Timbuktu and sex slavery, the tribunal said.

Canada aims for August Mali deployment of Blue Helmets: minister

Montr - Canada aims to deploy peacekeepers backed by helicopters to join UN Blue Helmets in Mali in August, the country's defense minister said on Sunday.

Police free Mali consul's wife after held by man in Barcelona

Barcelona - Police on Monday freed the wife of Mali's honorary consul in Barcelona after a man from the African country seeking to be allowed out of Spain held her for five hours, police said.

Canada to deploy troops, helicopters to help UN in Mali

Ottawa - Canada will deploy an infantry unit and military trainers along with attack and transport helicopters to Mali for 12 months in support of an ongoing UN peacekeeping mission, the government announced Monday.

Canada to deploy troops, helicopters to help UN in Mali

Ottawa - Canada will deploy an infantry unit and military trainers along with attack and transport helicopters to Mali for 12 months in support of an ongoing UN peacekeeping mission, the government announced Monday.

Canada to send peacekeepers to Mali: official

Ottawa - Canadian peacekeepers backed by helicopters will join UN Blue Helmets in the troubled west African nation of Mali before autumn, a government source said on Friday.

Congolese warlord loses bid against $1 mln damages award

Den Haag - War crimes judges Thursday upheld an order that a former Congolese militia leader must pay $1 million in damages to his victims, after his forces rampaged through a village in 2003.

Mali insecurity continues, migrating to country's center: UN

New York - Insecurity in Mali "continues to rage" and is progressing toward the center of the country, according to an interim UN report.

Mali blast kills two French soldiers

Paris - Two soldiers from France's counter-terrorism force in West Africa were killed and another was hurt Wednesday when their vehicle struck a mine in northeast Mali.

Anti-jihadist Sahel force to push for more funding

Bamako - Efforts to build a five-nation force to roll back jihadism in the Sahel face a funding hurdle this week, with a surge in rebel attacks providing an urgent reminder of the task in hand.

14 Malian soldiers killed in attack on camp: army

Bamako - Fourteen soldiers were killed and 18 wounded on Saturday in an attack on their camp in Mali's restive north, the army said, while military sources told AFP jihadists were responsible.

Landmine kills 24 in fresh Mali attack

Bamako - Twenty-four people including mothers and babies were killed on Thursday when their vehicle ran over a landmine in central Mali, local residents said.

UN threatens sanctions over faltering peace deal in Mali

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday gave parties to a peace deal in Mali until the end of March to show progress or face sanctions for obstructing the 2015 agreement.

Britain and Italy to bolster troop presence in Africa's Sahel

London - Britain is set to send helicopters to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali in a package of measures to be agreed at a summit near London on Thursday.

May, Macron to talk terrorism and migration at UK summit

London - Britain is set to send Royal Air Force helicopters to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali, in a package of measures to be agreed at a bilateral summit near London on Thursday.

48 Malians drown in single day trying to reach Europe: government

Bamako - Flags flew at half-mast in Mali on Thursday as the government announced 48 of its citizens drowned in the Mediterranean on a single day over the weekend, all trying to reach Europe.

Mali president eyes rebel amnesty under 'national consensus' law

Bamako - Mali will adopt a law on "national consensus" that may amnesty rebels who took part in a revolt in 2012, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said in a New Year's speech.

Security Council authorizes UN support for G5 Sahel troops

New York - The Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing UN peacekeepers in Mali to provide logistical and operational support to the new G5 Sahel anti-jihadist force there.

France asks UN to help Sahel force but at no cost

New York - France is asking the Security Council to allow the UN mission in Mali to support the struggling African force fighting jihadists in the Sahel region, but at no extra cost to the United Nations, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP on Thursday.

Fledgling 'G5' force ventures into Sahel hotspots

Dori - In a cloud of ochre dust, a column of army pickup trucks slowly advances on a dirt road near Mali's border with Burkina Faso -- one of the world's hotspots for jihadism.

'G5' anti-jihadist force begins operations in Sahel

- A joint anti-jihadist force linking countries in the Sahel began operations on Wednesday, the French military mission in the region, which is providing support, told AFP.

Killers of French journalists in Mali 'in Algeria': campaign group

Dakar - A campaign group for two French journalists murdered in Mali four years ago said Wednesday they had received information that "two or three" people involved in the killings may be in Algeria.

US pledges $60 million to Sahel force but balks at UN role

New York - The United States on Monday pledged $60 million to shore up a Sahel region counter-terrorism force but resisted appeals from African leaders and France to give the United Nations a supporting role.

At UN, France battles US over backing Sahel force

New York - France is facing a tough diplomatic battle to convince the United States to lend UN support to a counter-terrorism force for Africa's Sahel region, where insurgents have killed UN peacekeepers and US soldiers.

Mali extends state of emergency by a year

Bamako - Mali said Saturday it will extend by a year the state of emergency that was first introduced after a November 2015 attack on a Bamako hotel.
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