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Report blames deadly Air Algerie crash on pilot errors

France - The Air Algerie crash that killed 116 people in the Mali desert in 2014 was caused by the pilots failing to activate the plane's anti-icing system and not responding properly when the plane stalled, investigators said Friday.

Mali arrests suspected mastermind of Radisson hotel attack

Bamako - A Mauritanian man suspected of planning and carrying out several recent deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali has been arrested in the Malian capital Bamako, security sources told AFP Friday.

Three Red Cross staff kidnapped in Mali now free

Dakar - Three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend by Islamist group Ansar Dine have been freed, the ICRC said Friday.

Ansar Dine Islamists 'holding three Red Cross workers' in Mali

Bamako - Islamist group Ansar Dine said Thursday it was holding three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend and called for the release of a jihadist arrested by French troops for their safe return.

'Father of African photography' wows a new generation

Paris - They came in their best clothes and queued in their hundreds every day outside the little mud-walled house in Bamako to be immortalised by "the master".

Ivory Coast attacks 'No2' arrested in Mali

Bamako - Mali's special forces have arrested the suspected "Number Two" of a group of Islamists accused of carrying out an attack last month on Ivory Coast's Grand Bassam resort, Malian security sources told AFP Sunday.

Mourners pay final tribute to celebrated Malian photographer

Bamako - Hundreds of mourners gathered in the Malian capital to pay their final respects to the late photographer Malick Sidibe, who won international acclaim with his vibrant black-and-white images which captured daily life in his native country.

Mali and EU hold talks on African immigration programme

Bamako - Mali and the European Union agreed Friday to combat immigration into Europe by financing projects to fight its causes and promote legal migration, according to a joint statement released on Friday.

Iconic African photographer Malick Sidibe dies at 80

Bamako - Pioneering Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, whose powerful black and white images of local life won him international acclaim and top awards, has died aged 80, his family said Friday.

Three French soldiers die in Mali mine blast

Paris - Three French peacekeeping soldiers died after their armoured car ran over a landmine in Mali, the French presidency said Wednesday.

Jihadist leader in southern Mali arrested: Security sources

Bamako - Malian security forces have arrested a suspected jihadist leader in the south of the country, security sources said Thursday.

Mali arrests two over Ivory Coast resort attack

Bamako - Two Malians who "actively participated" in a deadly Islamist assault on an Ivory Coast beach resort have been arrested, including the right-hand man of the suspected mastermind, security sources said Sunday.

Timbuktu jihadist to stand trial on war crimes charge: ICC

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist will go on trial for an attack on the world heritage site of Timbuktu in an unprecedented case before the International Criminal Court, war crimes judges ruled Thursday.

Mali gunman on run after failed attack on EU training HQ

Bamako - Security forces in Mali said Tuesday they were hunting a fugitive gunman wounded in a failed attack on the headquarters of the European Union's military training mission in the capital.

Gunman killed in attack on Mali hotel hosting EU mission

Bamako - Gunmen stormed a hotel hosting an EU military training mission in Mali's capital, before one was killed by security guards, the government and a mission source said.

Two Chadian peacekeepers killed by colleague in northern Mali: UN

Bamako - Two Chadian peacekeepers were shot dead and a third lightly wounded by a colleague in northern Mali, the UN mission said on Sunday, less than three weeks after a similar shooting.

Malian jihadist accused of war crimes for Timbuktu attack

Den Haag - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday accused a Malian jihadist of a war crime by unleashing "a callous assault" on the centuries-old world heritage site of Timbuktu.

Malian jihadist accused of war crimes for Timbuktu attack

Den Haag - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday accused a Malian jihadist of war crimes for "a callous" 2012 attack on the centuries-old world heritage site of Timbuktu.

French PM in Mali as security fears grow for W. Africa

Bamako - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday described the fight against Islamic militancy as a "battle against barbarity" as he visited Mali, where France has had troops tackling rebels and jihadist groups since 2013.

Six UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

Bamako - Six UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded on Friday when suspected Islamists attacked their base in northern Mali, officials said, while three Malian soldiers died in an ambush as jihadists intensify attacks in the restive region.

Abdoulaye Toure: A life dedicated to women’s empowerment Special

In early childhood, Abdoulaye Toure from Mali took his first stance against injustice towards women. When he was about six years old, he realized it was unfair for his mother to be responsible for all the household work.

Jihadists attack Timbuktu a day after mausoleum ceremony

Bamako - At least four suspected jihadists and a Malian soldier were killed Friday following an attack on a UN military camp in Timbuktu in Mali's restive north, a Malian security source said.

Jihadists claim kidnap of Swiss woman in Mali: Report

Nouakchott - Private Mauritanian news agency Al-Akhbar said Tuesday that it had received a video purportedly from the Al-Qaeda-linked Emirate of the Sahara group claiming responsibility for this month's kidnapping of Swiss woman Beatrice Stockly in northern Mali.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, 'The Uncatchable' desert jihadist

Bamako - Wily one-eyed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, whose jihadists have claimed the attack on a hotel in Burkina Faso, shot to global notoriety with a spectacular assault on an Algerian gas field in 2013, but had long been known as "The Uncatchable".

Three security officers killed in separate Mali attacks

Bamako - Two soldiers and a guard were killed in two separate attacks in Mali, government and army sources confirmed.

Swiss woman abducted by Mali gunmen in Timbuktu for second time

Bamako - Gunmen have abducted a Swiss woman from her home in fabled Timbuktu in northern Mali, the second time she has been taken captive, officials told AFP on Friday.

Mali reimposes state of emergency until year's end

Bamako - Mali reimposed a nationwide state of emergency for the final 10 days of the year to head off any terror threats, after a deadly jihadist attack in the capital last month.

Gunman kills three at Christian radio station in Mali

Bamako - A gunman killed three people outside a Christian radio station in the Malian city of Timbuktu overnight, local officials said on Friday.

Mali hotel reopens after deadly Islamist siege

Bamako - Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita hailed the reopening Tuesday of a luxury hotel at the centre of a deadly Islamist attack as a victory over the scourge of jihadist violence.

Mali hotel attack probe delayed over investigators' differences: Sources

Bamako - A probe into last month's hostage taking at a hotel in Mali's capital Bamako has been slowed by procedural differences between Malian investigators and their foreign counterparts, sources said.
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Islamist rebels in Mali
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