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UN council visits crisis-hit Sahel amid Franco-US rift

New York - The UN Security Council travels to Mali and Burkina Faso this week for an up-close look at the worrisome Sahel region, where a jihadist insurgency is showing no signs of weakening and is driving mass displacement.

At least 8 dead as gunmen storm Mali army camp

Bamako - At least eight people were killed on Sunday in a raid by suspected jihadists on an army camp in central Mali, military and security sources said, warning the toll could rise.

Terror attacks on the rise in Mali: UN

New York - Security is worsening in Mali with terror attacks on the rise, targeting UN peacekeepers, Malian troops, international forces and civilians, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned in a report on Tuesday.

French PM urges joint stand against jihadists in Sahel

Gao - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Sunday urged partners to stand with Paris in driving back jihadi violence in the Sahel.

France hails progress in fight against jihadists in Sahel

Bamako - The fight against jihadists in Africa's Sahel region is "achieving results", France's prime minister said in Mali on Saturday, two days after French forces killed a top extremist leader.

France says kills top Al-Qaeda commander in Sahel

Paris - French armed forces have killed a top jihadist leader in an air and ground ambush in Mali, the government said on Friday, ending a years-long hunt for a man accused of masterminding the kidnapping of Westerners in the Sahel region.

France says kills top Al-Qaeda commander in Sahel

Paris - French forces have killed a top jihadist leader, Yahya Abou El Hamame, in an operation in Mali, Defence Minister Florence Parly said Friday.

Security forces free Mali official from jihadists

Bamako - A senior government official and a journalist abducted by suspected jihadists in Mali have been freed, a security source told AFP on Tuesday.

10 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Bamako - Jihadist gunmen killed 10 Chadian peacekeepers and injured at least 25 others in an attack on a UN camp in northern Mali on Sunday, one of the deadliest strikes against the UN mission in the West African country.

France at UN threatens more sanctions on Mali

New York - France on Wednesday threatened to push for more targeted sanctions to be imposed on Mali after hearing a UN official report on worsening violence in the West African country.

Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

Canada will not extend Mali peacekeeping mission: minister

Ottawa - Canada will not extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali beyond July 2019, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in an interview that aired Saturday.

UN chief revives bid opposed by US to fund Sahel force

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is renewing his call for UN financing to shore up a regional force fighting an insurgency in the Sahel, despite opposition from the United States.

US army punishes six over roles in fatal Niger ambush: report

Washington - The US Army has punished six people for their roles in a 2017 mission in Niger that resulted in the ambush deaths of four Americans and four allied Nigerien troops, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Two UN peacekeepers killed in dual Mali attacks: UN

Bamako - Two UN peacekeepers were killed and "several others" wounded in two attacks in central and northern Mali on Saturday, the United Nations mission in the country said.

Dread of sharia haunts Malian town besieged by jihadists

Mopti - With a trembling finger, Amadou Koita points to the square where he was lashed 30 times in public.For several months, this remote town in central Mali was occupied by jihadist rebels who have unleashed a spiral of violence in the region.

More than 20 Tuaregs killed in Mali: sources

Bamako - More than 20 Tuareg civilians were killed late last week in Mali's restive frontier with Niger, security sources told AFP on Monday.

Twenty-seven killed in clashes within tribe in Mali

Bamako - Twenty-seven people were killed in clashes between members of the same Tuareg tribe in Mali's troubled northeast earlier this week, the West African state's security ministry said Thursday.

Seven soldiers, one civilian killed in Mali bomb blast

Bamako - Seven soldiers and a civilian driver were killed in central Mali when their vehicle hit explosives in the latest attack in an area riven by jihadist violence, the defence ministry said Thursday.

Father of boy saved by Paris 'Spiderman' convicted for negligence

Paris - The father of the little boy who was rescued dangling from a fourth-storey Paris balcony by a Malian migrant dubbed Spiderman received a three-month suspended jail sentence Tuesday for leaving the child home alone.

Mali elections delayed by a month

Bamako - The Malian government on Thursday delayed by a month legislative elections initially scheduled for October 28, citing delays in registering candidates.

'Spiderman' migrant hero becomes French citizen

Paris - The migrant hero nicknamed "Spiderman" for saving a child hanging off a balcony by scaling a Paris apartment block with his bare hands has become a French citizen, according to a government decree.

Mali's GSIM added to US 'foreign terrorist' list

Washington - The United States on Wednesday added the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), a fusion of three Malian jihadist groups allied to Al-Qaeda, to its list of "foreign terrorist organizations.

Thousands turn out in show of support for Mali leader

Bamako - Thousands of supporters of Mali's leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita marched through the capital Sunday, a day after opponents held a protest against his re-election in a disputed presidential run-off.

UN extends sanctions regime in Mali

New York - The UN Security Council extended for a year Thursday a general sanctions regime against Mali, but stopped short of imposing individual sanctions against leaders of armed groups accused of violating a 2015 peace accord.

Mali opposition leader 'categorically rejects' election result

Bamako - The main opposition candidate in Mali's contested election said on Thursday that he "categorically rejects" the results of the presidential run-off that handed a second term to Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Mali's top court declares Keita president after contested vote

Bamako - Mali's Constitutional Court on Monday declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keita president after the 73-year-old incumbent won elections that his opponent, former minister Soumaila Cisse, said were marred by fraud.

Mali's top court declares Keita president after contested vote

Bamako - Mali's Constitutional Court on Monday declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keita president after the 73-year-old incumbent won elections that his opponent, former minister Soumaila Cisse, 68, said were marred by fraud.

UN chief urges Mali's leaders 'not to go backwards' in election row

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has spoken by phone with Mali's leaders to urge them "not to go backwards" following contentious elections in the strife-torn West African country, a spokesman said Thursday.

17,000 displaced by conflict in western Niger: UN

Niamey - More than 17,000 people have been displaced by violence in western Niger's Tillaberi region, which has been hit by jihadist incursions from neighbouring Mali, the United Nations said Thursday.
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UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the 2013 Bastille Day parade in Paris.
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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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Militants in Mali.
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Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali
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Islamist rebels 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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