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Armed men kill 30 villagers in Mali attacks

Bamako - Armed men have killed at least 30 villagers in Mali in simultaneous attacks on several villages in the conflict-riven centre of the country, local officials said on Friday.

Mali's crisis: A Q&A

Bamako - Mali's government is facing a rising wave of protests, a development which is alarming the international community keen to prevent the fragile West African state from sliding into chaos.

Al-Qaeda North Africa confirms chief is dead: SITE

Bamako - Al-Qaeda's North Africa wing has confirmed that its Algerian chief Abdelmalek Droukdel is dead, according to SITE, the US watchdog for extremist groups.

Al-Qaeda North Africa chief killed: What next for the region?

Bamako - The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) was killed this week by French forces in Mali.

Mali vows to investigate after army accused of deadly village attack

Bamako - Mali on Saturday pledged to investigate claims that the army killed dozens of civilians in its conflict-riven centre, as complaints about the military's conduct in the West African nation escalate.

French troops kill Al-Qaeda's North Africa chief

Paris - France has hailed the killing of the head of Al-Qaeda's North Africa wing in an operation against the group behind a string of deadly attacks across the troubled Sahel region.

French forces kill Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader: minister

Paris - French forces have killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdel, in Mali, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Friday.Droukdel was killed on Thursday in the northwest Mali town of Tessalit.

First two UN peacekeepers die of coronavirus

New York - Two UN peacekeepers in Mali have died from the coronavirus, officials said Friday.Out of the some 100,000 UN troops deployed on about 15 different missions around the world, these two are the first whose deaths were directly linked to the pandemic.

Mali election runoff marred by intimidation

Bamako - Acts of intimidation and allegations of vote buying marred the final round of legislative elections in Mali on Sunday aimed at reviving confidence in embattled institutions despite a bloody jihadist conflict and a virus pandemic.

UN Security Council calls for release of kidnapped Mali opposition leader

New York - The UN Security Council on Tuesday called for the "swift liberation" of Soumaila Cisse, head of the Mali opposition, who was kidnapped in the northern part of the country March 25.

After criticism, segment of UN Security Council meet made public

New York - The UN Security Council made its video-conference-only meetings public Tuesday for the first time in nearly a month, after criticism of what was called a lack of transparency as it tried to play safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

French court releases Malian singer despite backing extradition

Paris - A Paris appeals court on Wednesday granted Malian musician Rokia Traore conditional release despite ruling she could be extradited to Belgium over a child custody dispute -- a decision her lawyer vowed to contest.

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.

France summons Mali envoy over 'false' rowdy soldiers remarks

Pau - France on Thursday summoned Mali's ambassador after dismissing as "false" and "unacceptable" his claims of rowdy behaviour by French soldiers helping the West African nation combat an Islamic insurgency.

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.

Belgium weighing French military mission in Mali: minister

New York - Belgium has not ruled out participating in a French military initiative in Mali aiming to bring together special forces from several countries, Belgian Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin told AFP Thursday."It's a matter of debate, dialogue.

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.

Sahel violence having devastating impact on children: UN

Dakar - Hundreds of children in the Sahel were killed, maimed or forcibly separated from their parents last year, the United Nations said Tuesday, as a jihadist conflict rages across the region.

France to further boost its anti-jihad force in Sahel

Paris - France will further bolster its anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, on top of 220 reinforcement soldiers already sent recently to try to stem a spiral of violence in the region, the country's top general said Wednesday.

US indicts Malian over deadly 2016 attacks in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso

New York - The US Justice Department unveiled murder and conspiracy charges Thursday against a Malian who played a "central role" in suicide bomb attacks in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in 2016 that killed 49.

US calls for cut in UN peacekeeping forces in Mali

New York - The United States called for a reduction in the number of UN peacekeeping troops in Mali on Wednesday, prompting a swift backlash from France and Russia.

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.

US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

Apo - The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

French army carries out first-ever drone strike during Mali op

Paris - France's armed forces said Monday it had carried out a drone strike for the first time, during operations in Mali at the weekend in which it said 40 "terrorists" were killed.

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.
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