Mali suicide bomber dies in failed attack

2013-06-04 17:17

A suspected Islamist suicide bomber blew himself up but caused no other casualties in an attack in the northern Malian city of Kidal, the bastion of Tuareg separatist MNLA rebels.

100s of rebels killed, France to leave Mali

2013-02-06 11:21

French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels' last bastion secured, France says, it will begin withdrawing troops in March.

Mali: Troops surround fabled Timbuktu

2013-01-28 12:32

French-led troops have surrounded Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu after seizing its airport in a lightning advance against Islamists who have been driven from key northern strongholds.

Mali’s Ansar Dine splits into 2

2013-01-24 14:58

One wing of Mali’s Ansar Dine rebel group has split to create its own movement, saying that they want to negotiate a solution to the crisis in Mali.

Mali Islamists regroup to strike back

2013-01-15 22:05

Caught off guard by France's fierce offensive against their bases, Islamists occupying northern Mali have fled into the vast desert to regroup and plot their next move.

Troops, Islamists clash in central Mali

2013-01-10 11:25

Malian troops have exchanged fire with armed Islamist groups that have been occupying the country’s vast desert north for nine months and appear to be trying to push further south.

Mali rebels, govt set to meet

2012-12-04 09:17

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, west Africa's chief mediator for the crisis in Mali, is set to hold his first joint meeting with delegations from the Malian government and two rebel groups, his office says.

Top Mali mediator meets rebel leaders

2012-11-16 22:33

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has held joint talks with Mali's Islamist rebels Ansar Dine and Tuareg separatist leaders for the first time.

West African ministers meet on Mali plan

2012-11-09 17:04

West African foreign and defence ministers have met to set out a military blueprint aimed at returning Islamist-occupied northern Mali to government control.

Army chiefs adopt Mali intervention plan

2012-11-07 15:51

West African army chiefs have adopted a military plan to expel Islamic extremists from northern Mali, which they have occupied for seven months.


Militants seize town in north-eastern Mali

2013-04-22 09:31

Arab militants have captured a village near Mali's city of Timbuktu, sources say, as ethnic Tuareg rebels massed in a show of strength near another key northern city.

Top Mali Islamist arrested near border

2013-02-04 08:27

The number-three leader of the Islamist group that controlled Timbuktu in Mali until last week, has been arrested near the Algerian border.

France confirms 20 Mali strikes

2013-01-28 07:40

The French defence ministry has confirmed carrying out at least 20 airstrikes on targets held by armed Islamists in two northern Malian regions.

France to stay in Mali until stability restored

2013-01-16 07:39

France will end its intervention in Mali only once stability has returned to the West African country, French President Francois Hollande says.

Islamists vow to strike 'at heart' of France

2013-01-14 12:38

Islamist forces based in northern Mali have vowed to avenge France’s military offensive against them on French soil.

Mali army expects new Islamist attack

2013-01-09 22:29

Mali has sent soldiers to reinforce troops expecting an attack by Islamist rebels who have already seized the northern two-thirds of the country.

Mali groups reject Algeria, Burkina Faso role

2012-11-26 09:47

A coalition of Malian political parties and a citizen's association based in the Islamist-occupied north has objected to Algeria and Burkina Faso's role in mediating their country's crisis.

Rebels don't want Sharia across all Mali

2012-11-14 19:09

Ansar Dine, one of the armed Islamist groups occupying northern Mali, says it does not want to impose Sharia law across the entire country, but still wants to keep it in its stronghold of Kidal.

Leaders to meet on Mali intervention

2012-11-08 19:53

West African heads of state will meet in Abuja to adopt a plan for their troops to recapture northern Mali from radical Islamists, the grouping says.

'Important steps' made in Mali talks

2012-11-06 14:26

The foreign affairs minister of Burkina Faso says important steps have been made after three days of talks with an extremist group whose members control parts of northern Mali.

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