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French special forces kill Al-Qaeda commander in Mali: army

Paris - France said on Tuesday its special forces in Mali killed an Al-Qaeda commander who had been released from prison in a swap for a French hostage.

Militants in Mali kill six UN peacekeepers

Bamako - Militants killed at least six United Nations soldiers on Thursday in northern Mali, in one the deadliest ever attacks on the world's most dangerous peacekeeping mission, claimed by Al-Qaeda's north African arm.

Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims Mali attacks, threatens I. Coast and Mauritania

Bamako - Jihadist group Ansar Dine on Tuesday claimed responsibility for two weekend attacks in Mali near the borders with Mauritania and Ivory Coast, and threatened to strike both countries.

French defence minister in Mali visit to shore up peace deal

Bamako - French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Mali to show his support for a landmark peace deal agreed in the former colony to end years of unrest and ethnic divisions.

Mali's Tuareg-led rebels sign landmark peace deal

Bamako - Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance signed a landmark deal on Saturday to end years of unrest in a nation riven by ethnic divisions and in the grip of a jihadist insurgency.

Mali close to peace deal after militia leaves key town

Bamako - Mali's warring factions look close to signing a landmark peace deal to end years of unrest after pro-government militia leaders agreed to evacuate a flashpoint town and the government dropped arrest warrants for several rebels.

Mali MPs approve government stability programme

Bamako - Malian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to adopt new Prime Minister Modibo Keita's government programme on Friday as the country looks to establish a lasting peace deal after years of unrest.

French troops in Mali struggle to identify the enemy

Goundam - Confronted with jihadists, separatists, traffickers and bandits, all in similar pick-ups and wearing the same military garb, French troops in Mali face a vexing conundrum -- figuring out exactly who the enemy is.

Policeman killed by suspected jihadists in southern Mali

Bamako - Suspected jihadists killed a policeman in a rare attack in southern Mali, hoisting their black flag at the local military base, just days before the country's main Tuareg-led rebel movement is expected to sign a peace deal.

Mali troops get reacquainted with lost north

Goundam - For Malian troops making their first forays into the country's north since jihadists took control, French military support provides reassurance at a time when they are strangers in their own back yard.

Under siege: Villagers in fear in Mali's bandit country

Goundam - Only the poor, old and sick have stuck around, holed up at home, trembling at the slightest noise, in the once-thriving Malian settlement of Bintagoungou, now little more than a ghost town.

Mali's main Tuareg-led rebels to sign peace deal June 20

Alger - The head of Mali's main Tuareg-led rebel groups said on Friday that his movement will sign a final deal to end the conflict in the west African nation on June 20.

AQIM Islamists claim two attacks against UN in Mali: Mauritanian agency

Nouakchott - Al-Qaeda's North Africa arm has claimed responsibility for two attacks against the United Nation's MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali this week, the Mauritanian Al-Akhbar news agency reported.

French soldiers stalked by invisible enemy in Mali

Dori - Based in Mali's inhospitable northern desert, French troops are waging an attritional campaign against a ghost-like, invisible enemy -- a master in the guerrilla art of hit-and-run.

Militants kill Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper in Mali's capital

Bamako - Militants opened fire on two Bangladeshi peacekeepers in Mali's Bamako on Monday, killing one, the second attack within days in the capital of what is considered the most dangerous UN mission in the world.

Mali government signs peace deal in absence of rebels

Bamako - Mali's government and several armed groups signed a peace accord Friday in a ceremony attended by numerous heads-of-state but missing the crucial backing of the main Tuareg-led rebel groups.

Belmokhtar's jihadist group in N.Africa vows allegiance to IS

Nouakchott - The jihadist group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State organisation, according to an audio recording broadcasted by private Mauritanian agency Al-Akhbar.

Mali rebels to initial peace deal

Alger - Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance will Thursday initial a peace accord that was drawn up with the government to bring stability to the conflict-hit west African nation, Algerian mediators and the rebels said.

Rebels kill eight Malian soldiers: humanitarian, security sources

Bamako - Eight Malian soldiers were killed Monday in the country's restive desert in an ambush by fighters from the west African nation's main Tuareg-led rebel alliance, humanitarian and security sources said.

Clashes between Mali army, rebels leave 19 dead

Bamako - Ten militants and nine soldiers died in clashes between the Malian army and the main Tuareg rebel alliance, the government said, raising fears for the country's fragile peace process.

Mali peace deal threatened as army and rebels clash

Bamako - Armed insurgents exchanged fire with soldiers in Mali, plunging peace negotiations into disarray in the first clash this year between government forces and the main Tuareg rebel alliance.

Two UN drivers killed in northern Mali as convoy attacked

Bamako - Two drivers were shot dead in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, the UN mission said Saturday.

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists claim UN suicide attack in Mali

Nouakchott - The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility in a recording Friday for a deadly suicide attack on the United Nations in Mali.

Three killed in suicide attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali

Bamako - A suicide bomber attacked a UN barracks in northern Mali on Wednesday, the United Nations said, killing three civilians and wounding 16 people, including several peacekeepers.

U.S., French forces aid search for hostage taken in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - The U.S. and French military are assisting in the search for a Romanian mineworker kidnapped in Burkina Faso and believed to have been taken into Mali, Burkina Faso's security minister has said.

French free Dutch hostage in Mali four years after kidnap

Paris - French special forces on Monday rescued a Dutch train driver kidnapped nearly four years ago in Mali by Al-Qaeda's north Africa arm in an operation that killed several jihadists.

Gunmen kidnap Romanian security guard from Burkina Faso mine

Ouagadougou - Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped a Romanian security officer working at a mine in northern Burkina Faso and fled with him towards the border with Mali, security sources in both countries said.

UN accepts responsibility for January slaying of Mali protesters

Bamako - A UN internal inquiry ordered by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regarding the death of three Malian protesters back in January, has revealed UN peacekeepers as the culprits.

Red Cross worker killed in jihadist attack on aid truck in Mali

Ginebra - An international Red Cross worker was killed and a local colleague wounded when the aid truck they were driving came under fire in northern Mali on Monday, in an attack claimed by the MUJAO jihadist group.

Two Dutch peacekeepers killed in UN helicopter crash in Mali

Bamako - Two Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were killed when their Apache attack helicopter crashed in northern Mali, the Dutch military said, calling it an accident.
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