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Bid for UN vote on Mali sanctions gains momentum

New York - A bid for a UN Security Council vote early next week on a French-sponsored resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali gained momentum Friday despite resistance from some countries, diplomats said.

Mali's president suspends revising constitution under opposition pressure

Bamako - Mali's president has suspended plans for a referendum on constitutional change, a move cheered by the opposition Saturday after months of street protests against the reforms.

Ex-chief of jihadist 'Islamic police' jailed for 10 years in Mali

Bamako - The head of an Islamic police brigade deployed by jihadists controlling a northern Mali city in 2012 was jailed for 10 years Friday, after being convicted of crimes that included cutting off the hands of suspected thieves.

Ex-chief of jihadist 'Islamic police' on trial in Mali

Bamako - The head of an Islamic police brigade deployed by jihadists controlling a northern Mali city in 2012 denied chopping off the hands of suspected thieves, as he stood trial in the capital on Friday.

Ex-chief of jihadist 'Islamic police' on trial in Mali

Bamako - The head of an Islamic police brigade deployed by jihadists controlling a city in northern Mali in 2012 went on trial Friday accused of cutting off victims' hands and publicly whipping women.

ICC rules jihadist liable for 2.7 mn euros for Timbuktu destruction

Den Haag - War crimes judges said Thursday that a Malian jihadist was liable for 2.7 million euros in personal damages for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012, as they ordered reparations in a landmark ruling.

Mali ex-jihadist liable for 2.7 mn euros for Timbuktu destruction

Den Haag - A war crimes court Thursday said a Malian ex-jihadist caused 2.7 million euros in damages when he destroyed Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012.

War court poised for historic ruling on Timbuktu jihadist rampage

Den Haag - War crimes judges are poised to make legal history on Thursday with a ruling on compensation for the destruction of fabled shrines in the Malian town of Timbuktu, an act ordered by a now-repentant jihadist.

Burkina restaurant attackers 'came from Mali': security source

Ouagadougou - Militants who shot and killed 18 people at a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital most likely came from Mali, a security source in Ouagadougou told AFP on Wednesday.

Mali appeals at UN for aid in setting up joint Sahel force

New York - Hit by several attacks on UN camps, Mali on Tuesday called on the international community to provide military material and financial aid from a new joint force being set up by five countries of the Sahel region.

Nine dead as UN bases come under twin attack in Mali

Bamako - Gunmen attacked two United Nations bases in Mali on Monday, killing a peacekeeper, a contractor and seven Malians, the UN said, in the latest attacks on its presence in the country.

UN peacekeeper, Mali soldier dead after gunmen attack UN base

Bamako - Gunmen attacked a UN base in central Mali on Monday, killing a UN peacekeeper and a Malian soldier, the United Nations said, denouncing a "revolting terrorist attack".

ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction

Den Haag - War crimes judges will Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund which is to implement the order warned it will not be easy.

ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction

Den Haag - War crimes judges will Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund which is to implement the order warned it will not be easy.

ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction

Den Haag - War crimes judges will Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund which is to implement the order warned it will not be easy.

S.African Al-Qaeda hostage tells of 6-year ordeal

Johanesburg - South African hostage Stephen McGown, who was held by Al-Qaeda in Mali for nearly six years, said Thursday he had been well treated but was distraught to have not be freed before his mother died.

S.African Al-Qaeda hostage tells of 6-year ordeal

Johanesburg - South African hostage Stephen McGown, who was held by Al-Qaeda in Mali for nearly six years, said Thursday he had been well treated but was distraught to have not be freed before his mother died.

Malian ex-rebels holding child prisoners: UN

Bamako - Former rebels are holding child prisoners in their stronghold city of Kidal following clashes with a rival armed group in northern Mali, the United Nations said Thursday.

Swede freed in Mali denounces ransom payments

Stockholm - A Swede who was held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Mali for more than five years before being freed in June said Thursday he was opposed to ransoms being paid in kidnapping cases.

S.African held hostage by Al-Qaeda for six years freed

Pretoria - A South African man snatched from his hotel and held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 has been freed unscathed, his country's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

European support for Sahel 'mutually reinforcing': Germany

Bamako - French and German support for a regional Sahel force to battle jihadists will persuade other European nations of the benefits of backing the regional counter-terror measure, Germany's defence minister said Tuesday.

'Dozens' killed in Mali clashes before helicopter crash

Bamako - A group of former separatist rebels in Mali killed "dozens" of members of a pro-government armed group before a UN helicopter monitoring the fighting crashed in the country's north, sources told AFP Thursday.

Two German UN peacekeepers killed in Mali helicopter crash

Bamako - Two German UN peacekeepers were killed Wednesday when their helicopter crashed as they were monitoring clashes in northern Mali, German and UN officials said.

Top Malian jihadist killed as unrest intensifies

Bamako - The Malian army said Friday it had killed a top jihadist commander operating in the country's troubled central region, following heavy fighting in the north against jihadists and among armed groups this week.

Macron in Mali for diplomatic push on Sahel anti-jihadist force

Bamako - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday threw his weight behind a planned Sahel force to fight jihadists on a lightning visit to Mali but told countries in the region their efforts had to bear fruit.

Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing 6 foreign hostages alive: SITE

Bamako - Al-Qaeda's Mali branch has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, US-based monitoring group SITE said.

Macron in Mali for diplomatic push on Sahel anti-jihad force

Bamako - French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, with France urging greater support for the Sahel region amid mounting insecurity.

Thousands rally against Mali referendum ahead of Macron visit

Bamako - About 2,000 people rallied Saturday in conflict-torn Mali against a constitutional referendum over concerns the proposed changes hand the president too much power, an AFP correspondent said.

France's Macron due in Mali to back Sahel anti-jihad force

Bamako - President Emmanuel Macron is due in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, as France beefs up its counter-terror operations in the area.

UN agrees to draw down Darfur peacekeeping force

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday agreed to a major drawdown of peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled region of Darfur after US pressure led to a $600-million cut in the UN budget for peace operations.
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A French Dassault Rafale fighter jet.
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