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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.

Jihadist group Ansar Dine claims deadly attack on UN base in Mali

Bamako - The jihadist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith) told AFP it was responsible for Saturday's attack on a United Nations base in Mali that killed two UN peacekeepers and a civilian contractor.

Three dead in rocket attack on UN base in north Mali

Bamako - Two United Nations peacekeepers and a civilian contractor were killed in a rocket attack on a UN base in northern Mali claimed by the jihadist Ansar Dine group, which the Security Council warned could be a war crime.

Germany to send 650 troops to Mali to relieve France

Berlin - Germany will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday, to provide some relief to France in its global fight against the Islamic State jihadists.

Belmokhtar, 'The Uncatchable' desert jihadist

Bamako - Wily one-eyed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, whose jihadists have claimed an assault on a luxury Mali hotel, shot to global notoriety with a spectacular assault on an Algerian gas field two years ago, but had long been known as "The Uncatchable".

Mali and neighbours in mourning as siege hotel yields clues

Bamako - Mali Monday started three days of national mourning for the victims of the jihadist siege at a luxury hotel that left 19 people dead in the capital Bamako, with neighbouring Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea joining in a show of solidarity.

Mali attack probe deepens as siege hotel yields clues

Bamako - Malian investigators Sunday stepped up the hunt for suspects wanted over the jihadist siege at a luxury hotel that left 19 people dead in the capital Bamako, where residents were seeking to return to normal life.

Top Egypt cleric urges disassociating Islam from attacks

Egypt - Egypt's top Muslim cleric issued an impassioned appeal Saturday to disassociate Islam from extremist attacks, saying Muslims themselves had suffered most from "the catastrophe of terrorism.

Mali hunting at least three suspects over hotel attack: Source

Bamako - At least three people suspected of involvement in a jihadist attack on a luxury hotel in Mali's capital that killed 21 people were being hunted down Saturday, a security source said.

Putin condemns Mali attack as Russians killed

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned Friday's jihadist attack on a hotel in Mali that killed 21 people, including several from his country, the Kremlin and a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Saturday.

Brussels on lockdown in fear of Paris-style attacks

Brussels - Brussels was on terror lockdown Saturday in fear of a Paris-style attack, with a gunman wanted over the deadly rampage in the French capital a week ago still on the run.

Mali hunts suspects after deadly hotel siege

Bamako - Mali was hunting Saturday for suspects wanted over the jihadist siege at a luxury hotel that left 19 people dead, mostly foreigners, as the president warned that no one in the world could hide from terrorism.

Mali declares 10-day state of emergency following hotel attack

Bamako - Mali's government declared a 10-day nationwide state of emergency Friday evening after a jihadist attack on a hotel in the capital Bamako that left least 27 people dead.

Jihadist Al-Murabitoun group claims Mali hotel attack: Jazeera

Dubai - The jihadist group Al-Murabitoun claimed that its forces had carried out the attack on a hotel in the Malian capital Friday that has left more than 27 people dead.

French minister says Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar 'likely behind' Mali attack

Paris - France's defence minister said Friday that notorious Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar was "likely behind" a deadly attack at a luxury hotel in Mali but acknowledged it was not certain.

At least three dead as gunmen seize 170 hostages at Mali hotel

Bamako - At least three hostages were killed as gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, seizing 170 guests and staff, the security ministry said.

Three French soldiers hurt in Mali mine blast: Army

Paris - Three members of the French special forces were injured this week in a landmine blast in northern Mali, the ministry of defence said on Thursday.

Poaching threatens Mali's rare desert elephants

Ninety of Mali’s 300 desert elephants have been killed during the past year as ivory poachers exploit a security vacuum created by an Islamic insurgency in the deserts near the city of Timbuktu.

Malian Islamist faces war crimes judge over Timbuktu destruction

Den Haag - An alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militant accused of ordering the destruction of treasured monuments in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu will appear before judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Islamist sent to war crimes court for attacks on treasures of Timbuktu

Den Haag - An alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist leader was handed over to the International Criminal Court Saturday to face charges of ordering the destruction of monuments in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu, in the first such case before the tribunal.

Spoils of peace undermining stability in Mali

Bamako - Three months after the completion of a peace deal to end decades of conflict in northern Mali, stability remains an elusive dream undermined by tribal rivalries and internecine power struggles.

UN declares security zone around north Mali town after clashes

Bamako - UN peacekeepers said they would establish a 20-kilometre "security zone" around the town of Kidal in restive northern Mali with effect from Tuesday following deadly clashes between a pro-government group and Tuareg rebels.
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