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Mali asks for rapid response team from UN to fight jihadists

Bamako - Mali has requested that the UN send more troops, specifically a rapid intervention force, to fight Islamist militants after recent attacks on UN peacekeepers in the north of the country.

Nine peacekeepers killed in worst-ever attack on UN in Mali

Bamako - Suspected Islamists on motorbikes killed nine United Nations peacekeepers from Niger in northeastern Mali, in the deadliest ever attack on the mission, military sources said.

Nine peacekeepers killed in worst-ever attack on UN in Mali

Bamako - Suspected Islamists on motorbikes killed nine United Nations peacekeepers from Niger on Friday in northeastern Mali, in the deadliest ever attack on the mission, military sources said.

Cause of fatal Mali air crash still a mystery: probe

Bamako - Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people in July said on Saturday there was no obvious lead yet and all possibilities, including terrorism, were being explored.

Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali suicide attack

Bamako - Two United Nations peacekeepers, from Burkina Faso, were killed in a suicide car bombing in northern Mali, the UN and Mali security sources said.

Voice recordings in Air Algerie crash 'unusable': investigators

Le Bourget - Investigators probing the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people last month said on Thursday they had been unable to access voice recordings from the flight deck."The tape was a little bit damaged. We were able to extract it...

First results of probe into Air Algerie crash expected

Paris - French officials were Thursday expected to reveal the first results of their investigation into the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed all 116 people on board.

Lebanon supplies DNA samples in Air Algerie crash case

Beirut - Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told AFP on Friday.

Identifying Mali air crash victims 'could take years'

Algiers - Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police said on Thursday.

Pilots of Air Algerie jet asked to turn back: France

Paris - France said Monday the pilots of the Air Algerie passenger plane that crashed in Mali, killing all 118 people on board, had asked to turn back in a new development to a complex probe into the tragedy.

Air Algerie crash black boxes begin journey to France

Bamako - The black boxes from the Air Algerie plane disaster on Sunday began their journey to France from northern Mali as investigators ramped up efforts to find the cause of the deadly crash.

Experts to begin probe into Air Algerie crash

Bamako - The second black box from the Air Algerie plane disaster was recovered Saturday at the remote crash site in northern Mali as investigators headed to the scene to determine the cause of the tragedy.

France declares three-day national mourning after Mali crash

Paris - France on Saturday declared a three-day period of national mourning over the Air Algerie crash that killed all 118 people on board including 54 French nationals.

Air Algerie crash wipes out entire families

Bamako - All passengers and crew on board an Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali died in the tragedy, which completely wiped out several families, France announced.

Breathe deeply, it is safe to go on a plane, travellers told

Paris - After three major air disasters in one week, with planes coming down in Ukraine, Taiwan and then Mali without a single survivor, passengers can be forgiven for feeling a little pang of panic boarding their flights.

No survivors from Air Algerie plane crash: French president

Bamako - France announced on Friday there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster.

Wreckage of missing Algerian airliner found in Mali

Ouagadougou - The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said."We have found the Algerian plane. The wreck has been located ...

Air Algerie Flight AH5017 reportedly crashes with 110 passengers, 6 crew

Air Algerie Flight AH5017, which had 116 people on board, has crashed, according to airline officials. The flight lost radio contact en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

Seven wars you probably don’t know are happening

While Ukraine, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan dominate the news cycle, conflicts rage across the globe with little or no media coverage. These are the wars that aren’t being covered by Western media outlets.

UN extends Mali mission, urges peace talks

New York - The Security Council extended for another year the UN mission in Mali, calling on it to prioritize efforts to facilitate peace talks and expand its presence in the north.

Mali armed groups say they agree to peace talks

Algiers - Three armed groups from northern Mali announced in Algiers on Sunday that they have agreed to begin talks with the Bamako government aimed at resolving long-standing disputes.

UN calls for wider use of surveillance drones

UN peacekeeping missions should deploy more drones and state-of the art technology to become more effective, limit boots on the ground and keep aid workers safer, their chief said Thursday.

UN calls for wider use of surveillance drones

UN peacekeeping missions should deploy more drones and state-of the art technology to become more effective, limit boots on the ground and keep aid workers safer, their chief said Thursday.

Tuareg rebels kill 50 Malian soldiers after clashes in Kidal

Bamako - After France intervened in Mali, the Islamists who had been occupying the area were driven into the hinterland and the main towns came under government control. However the city of Kidal and some other northern areas are again controlled by Tuareg rebels.

Mali government, rebels sign ceasefire agreement: UN

Dakar - The Mali government and the three main rebel groups operating in the northern desert signed a ceasefire deal Friday, the United Nations announced."A 21:30 (local time and GMT)...

Tuareg rebels now hold two Mali towns: UN

New York - Tuareg rebels have made further advances in northern Mali and have seized two towns, Kidal and Menaka, the United Nations confirmed on Thursday.

Mali leader urges ceasefire, orders three days of mourning

Bamako - Mali's president called for a ceasefire in the restive north of the country and ordered three days of mourning as Tuareg separatists claimed they captured more than a key desert bastion after slaying several soldiers.

Security Council calls for end to Mali violence

New York - The UN Security Council called for an immediate end to violence in northern Mali after more than 30 people were killed in fighting between rebels and the army in a flashpoint town.

1,500 troops sent to retake rebel stronghold in Mali

Bamako - Mali has sent 1,500 troops to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal after Tuareg separatists staged a siege in local government offices, sparking a gun battle in which dozens of people were killed.

Mali 'at war with terrorists' after dozens die in clashes: PM

Bamako - Mali's Prime Minister Moussa Mara warned the country was "at war" with terrorists in the northern city of Kidal, after clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead.
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French troops embark for Mali on a Royal Air Force Boeing C-17 transport from Evreux Air Base in Northern France, January 2013
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Canada's C-17 heavy-lift military transport plane touched down on Malian soil carrying a French military armoured vehicle among other equipment
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A French Dassault Rafale fighter jet.
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Children in school in Mali.
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Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali
Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali
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Islamist rebels in Mali
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A street scene in Timbuktu, 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
The Mali conflict zones of control as at 26 January 2013
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