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Malians rally to support army as 20 bodies found in village

Bamako - Thousands of people took to the streets of Mali's capital Bamako on Friday to support the West African country's army, which has suffered heavy losses as it struggles to quell a jihadist revolt.

UN says G5 Sahel force needs more support in anti-jihadist fight

New York - The five-nation G5 military task force in the Sahel faces persistent training and equipment shortfalls at a time of spiralling violence in the war against armed Islamist groups in the region, according to a UN report out Tuesday.

Top jihadist leader killed in the Sahel: France

French forces killed a top leader of a powerful African jihadist group linked to al-Qaeda in Mali last month, France's defence minister told AFP Tuesday.

France claims death of top jihadist leader in Mali

Gao - France on Tuesday announced the death of a top jihadist leader in Mali as it sought to reassure the West African nation of European support in the fight against militant bloodshed.

Mali president says stability at stake after deadly army base attack

Bamako - Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has appealed for citizens to unite behind the country's army, after the latest deadly militant strike killed more than 40 soldiers.

Despair, jihadism and revolt: Mali's torn heart

Mopti - Untroubled by time, the mighty Niger River glides through the Sahel city as women wash their clothes in its brackish waters and cows slumber nearby in the heat.

Fresh attack pushes Mali army death toll to 51

Bamako - A day after dozens of Malian soldiers died in a devastating jihadist raid on a military base, a roadside bomb killed two more troops in the violence-wracked West African country, the army said Sunday.

IS claims responsibility for deadly Mali attacks on 50 soldiers

Bamako - The Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for a devastating raid that killed 49 Malian troops as well as a blast that led to the death of a French soldier who became the latest casualty in the conflict-torn region.

Attack on Mali military post kills 53 soldiers

Bamako - Fifty-three soldiers were killed Friday in a "terrorist attack" on a Mali military post in the northeast of the country, the government said.The assault is one of the deadliest strikes against Mali's military in recent Islamist militant violence.

Mali president on the ropes as jihadist revolt mounts

Bamako - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has few strong cards left to play as he seeks to roll back a jihadist insurgency and mounting public discontent.

Mali declares national mourning after jihadist raids on military camps

Bamako - Malian troops backed by foreign allies on Wednesday launched a hunt for scores of soldiers listed as missing after one of the deadliest attacks in a seven-year-old jihadist insurgency.

W.African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Ouagadougou - West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.

W.African leaders agree billion-dollar anti-jihadist plan

Ouagadougou - West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of jihadist violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.

UN extends sanctions regime in Mali for another year

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday extended for another year its sanctions regime on Mali for individuals who violate a 2015 peace accord.

UN appoints new HIV/AIDS chief after controversy

New York - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new HIV/AIDS chief on Wednesday after the previous incumbent left accused of serious mismanagement.

Malian jihadist 'terrorised Timbuktu', ICC told

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist accused of demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines also imposed a reign of terror on local residents, who were "scared out of their minds," the International Criminal Court heard on Monday.

Tax alcohol, tobacco, to tackle cancer: African Union first ladies

Niamey - First ladies attending the African Union summit in Niger on Saturday called for a rise in taxes for cancer-causing products such as tobacco and alcohol.

France asks UN to add five to Mali sanctions blacklist

New York - The UN Security Council is considering adding five Mali nationals to the sanctions blacklist including two businessmen accused of drug trafficking and of blocking aid projects, according to documents seen by AFP on Friday.

Massacre toll in Mali cut to 35

Bamako - A massacre at a village in central Mali that according to early estimates killed 95 people left 35 dead, the authorities said Wednesday, giving a final toll.

Mali premier visits site of village massacre

Bamako - The prime minister of Mali visited the site of one of the country's worst massacres on Tuesday, seeking to reassure terrified residents after an attack that left scores of dead and stoked fears for the fragile Sahel country.

Nearly 100 killed, 19 missing in central Mali village massacre

Bamako - Nearly 100 people were killed in a gruesome overnight attack on a village in central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region, authorities said Monday.

Nearly 100 killed, 19 missing in central Mali village massacre

Bamako - Nearly 100 people were killed in a gruesome overnight attack on a village in central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region, officials said Monday.

UN chief warns of 'high risk' of atrocities in Mali

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning of a "high risk" of atrocities in Mali in a report that calls for beefing up the UN peacekeeping presence in the strife-torn center of the country.

UN peacekeeper killed in Mali

New York - A Nigerian peacekeeper was killed Saturday in an attack on the United Nations' stabilization mission in Mali, the UN said. The victim "succumbed to his wounds following the armed attack by unidentified assailants" in Timbuktu, a statement said.

UN peacekeeper killed in Mali mine explosion

Bamako - A UN peacekeeper was killed and four others wounded on Saturday when a mine exploded as their convoy passed through central Mali, the UN mission in the country said.

Mali's government resigns as anger mounts over massacre

Bamako - Ethnic violence that has gripped central Mali has led to the downfall of the government, accused of failing to stem bloodshed that has claimed about 600 lives.

Malian PM resigns as anger mounts over massacre

Bamako - Mali's prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead.

Mali police fire tea gas as thousands march against violence

Bamako - At least 30,000 people marched in Mali's capital Bamako Friday in protest at a surge of violence in the centre of the country before police used tear gas to disperse the crowds.

UN council requests options to overhaul Mali peace force

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday agreed to discuss revamping the UN peacekeeping force in Mali but cautioned that any changes, including a possible major drawdown, should not jeopardize the West African country's stability.

US seeks drawdown of UN peacekeeping force in Mali

New York - Declaring that peace efforts in Mali had faltered, the United States on Friday called on the UN Security Council to consider a possible major drawdown of the peacekeeping mission in the West African country.
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Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali
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Government militia forces in training in Mali
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Militants in Mali.
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The Mali conflict zones of control as at 26 January 2013
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Children in school in Mali.
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A French Dassault Rafale fighter jet.
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Islamist rebels in Mali
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