Govt account of Mali clashes disputed

2014-02-11 11:19

Clashes in northern Mali that killed 31 people last week appear to have involved local Tuareg and Peul communities, the UN and HRW say.

Sorting out Mali isn't our job, France says

2013-12-05 15:36

France will not play Africa’s policeman and sort out a territorial dispute in Mali, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says, a day after Mali’s president and Tuareg rebels criticised Paris for doing too little.

3 Malian Tuareg, Arab rebel movements unite

2013-11-05 11:28

Three Tuareg and Arab rebel movements in northern Mali have announced their merger to form a united front in peace talks with the authorities in Bamako.

Mali rebels suspend talks with govt

2013-09-27 10:07

Tuareg and Arab rebels, who control northern Mali have announced the suspension of negotiations with the Bamako government, dealing a blow to hopes of a durable peace.

Mali's new premier takes office

2013-09-07 15:30

Mali's first post-war prime minister has begun the task of forming a government expected to deliver on promises by the president to reunite a deeply divided nation.

Calm returns in Mali after kidnappings

2013-07-22 13:39

Voter registration cards have been distributed in an atmosphere of calm in the northern Malian town where election officials were briefly kidnapped at the weekend.

Mali: Govt, rebels talks extended

2013-06-13 07:44

International mediators have failed to convince Mali's president to sign a deal with northern Tuareg rebels that would pave the way for nationwide polls next month.

Malian army seizes rebel-held town

2013-06-05 14:38

The Malian army has seized the northern town of Anefis, following heavy clashes with the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, a Tuareg rebel group.

Tuaregs accused of expelling blacks

2013-06-03 15:53

Black residents of the tense northern Malian city of Kidal say that the rebels from the lighter-skinned Tuareg ethnic group are planning to expel the city’s dark-skinned inhabitants.

Tuareg rebels ready for talks - Traore

2013-05-17 18:02

Tuareg separatist rebels who held a chuck of Mali’s vast north and still occupy the key town of Kidal are ready for talks to end the west African country’s crisis, President Dioncounda Traore says.

Concerns over UN forces in Mali

2013-04-26 16:05

Some Malians are already questioning how successful the UN peacekeeping mission to their country will be, given its limited mandate and the volatile mix of armed groups across the north.

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.

Mali PM promises July election

2013-04-12 11:14

Mali's PM has promised that elections would go ahead in July despite fears his government is failing to reassert its control in the war-torn northern part of the country.

New Mali refugees flee to Niger

2013-04-05 15:27

Thousands of refugees from war-torn Mali have crossed into neighbouring Niger amid fears of reprisals by the country's military who are battling Islamist fighters, the UN says.

HRW documents torture by Malian army

2013-03-27 10:10

An investigation by a rights group has found evidence that Mali’s military tortured seven men accused of links with al-Qaeda group that occupied the country’s north last year.

French in tough fight in northern Mali

2013-02-27 08:59

France says its troops are involved in “very violent fighting” in the mountains of northern Mali and it’s too early to talk about a quick pullout from the West African country.

Fears of 'catastrophic' violence in Mali

2013-02-13 07:45

Mali risks descending into "catastrophic" violence, the UN rights chief has warned, as tensions swept the country after a string of attacks by Islamic rebels on French-led forces.

Rebels seek to re-assert power in Mali

2013-02-08 07:49

Tuareg rebels who unleashed Mali’s descent into chaos are seeking to reassert themselves on the political scene now that French-led troops have routed the Islamists who hijacked their rebellion.

Human Rights Watch urges Mali probe

2013-02-01 09:13

Human Rights Watch has called for a probe into alleged abuses including summary executions after reports of reprisals killings by French-backed Malian forces.

'Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts safe'

2013-01-30 14:56

The vast majority of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts in state and private collections appear to be unharmed after the Malian Saharan city's 10-month occupation by Islamist rebel fighters.

Security fears: Japan closes Mali embassy

2013-01-23 13:51

Japan says it would close its Malian embassy over growing security fears amid a French-led assault against Islamists which has raised concerns of a backlash against ethnic Arabs and Tuaregs.

Mali: French troops set for ground combat

2013-01-16 15:04

French troops will be in direct combat against Islamist fighters in Mali within "hours", the country's army chief says, as France’s ground forces pushed north.

Nato says no request on Mali role

2013-01-09 14:18

Nato says there has been no request or discussion about the military alliance helping West African forces to retake control of northern Mali from Islamist guerrillas.

Ban calls for urgent action to reunify Mali

2012-11-29 11:07

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent action to help Mali's government and people reunify the country in a report to the UN Security Council.

Mali rebels lose their last base in north

2012-11-21 10:23

Islamist extremist rebels say they have pushed secular Tuareg fighters from Menaka, their last base in northern Mali.


We want to resume talks, Mali rebels tell UN

2014-02-04 11:35

Arab and Tuareg rebel leaders from crisis-torn northern Mali have told a visiting UN Security Council delegation they want to resume talks with the government.

France won't delay Mali troop reductions

2013-11-06 09:19

France will stick to the timetable for its troop withdrawal from Mali despite resurgence in violence and the killing of two French journalists at the weekend, an official says.

Fighting flares between Mali army, rebels

2013-09-30 14:07

Residents say fighting has resumed between Malian soldiers and ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels in the northern town of Kidal.

Mali army, rebels clash

2013-09-12 07:48

Three Malian soldiers have been wounded in clashes with separatist Tuareg rebels, the army says, the first clashes since the two sides signed a ceasefire deal in June.

US congratulates Mali's Keita on poll win

2013-08-21 11:12

President Barack Obama has congratulated Mali's new leader Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on his election victory and vowed to work with him as the country emerges from months of conflict.

Obstacles pile up ahead of Mali polls

2013-07-22 12:31

Mali is hoping against the odds for credible 28 July presidential elections but crucial barriers to an acceptable voter turnout are casting a long shadow over preparations.

Mali Tuaregs, Bamako on brink of poll deal

2013-06-12 07:53

Mali's rebel Tuaregs say they are ready to sign a deal that would pave the way for Bamako to hold nationwide polls next month.

Mali army, Tuaregs clash in north

2013-06-05 13:02

Malian soldiers have clashed with Tuareg separatists from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad in a town of south of the rebel-held regional capital of Kidal, military sources say.

Date set for Mali presidential polls

2013-05-28 09:44

Mali will hold a presidential election on July 28, according to a draft law adopted by the cabinet as the nation struggles to move on from war and an 18-month political crisis.

Mali: French forces leaving Timbuktu

2013-04-29 10:16

Dozens of French forces have left the northern Malian town of Timbuktu several months after their military operation largely ousted radical Islamic fighters from the area, a French military official says.

UN to approve peacekeepers for Mali

2013-04-25 08:04

The UN is expected to approve a new peacekeeping force for Mali to help restore democracy and stabilise the northern half of the country.

UN Mali aid faces massive funding gap

2013-04-19 19:41

Aid operations to help 457 000 people who have fled their homes in war-torn Mali are facing a massive funding shortfall, the UN’s refugee agency says.

Mali PM tours war-scarred northern city

2013-04-11 13:06

Mali's acting Prime Minister Diango Cissoko has arrived in the north-eastern city of Gao for the first visit there by a head of government since it was overrun by Tuareg rebels more than a year ago.

UN concern over Tuaregs, Arabs in Mali

2013-04-04 08:58

The UN has expressed concern over continuing violence against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, citing evidence of new rights abuses against the two communities.

Ban says 11 200 troops needed for Mali

2013-03-27 08:56

The UN leader Ban Ki-Moon says up to 11 200 troops could be needed for a peacekeeping mission in Mali but that a “parallel” military force would have to battle radical Islamists.

Russia arming Mali, more attacks feared

2013-02-14 08:10

Russia has revealed that it is supplying guns to Mali's government, as French troops defused a massive bomb in the north of the country, the latest bid by Islamist rebels to strike back.

Mali: France bombs Islamist hideout

2013-02-12 11:29

France has bombed an Islamist rebel hideout in northern Mali’s largest city, intensifying a security lock-down against guerrilla attacks as the French-led campaign enters its second month.

UN faces major campaign in Mali

2013-02-06 07:52

A UN peacekeeping mission that the major powers want for Mali will need several years to sort out the West African country’s problems, diplomats and experts have warned.

Refrain from revenge attacks, Malians told

2013-01-31 07:51

The US has echoed calls that Malians should refrain from revenge attacks on ethnic minorities as French troops help liberate key towns from Islamic militants and rebels.

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.

Horrors of Malian war

2013-01-22 09:33

For the many Malians who have fled to Burkina Faso in recent days, facing life in a refugee camp has won out over the horrors of war.

30 000 displaced in Mali fighting

2013-01-15 08:59

An estimated 30 000 people may have been displaced by fighting in central and northern Mali since Islamist insurgents suddenly started moving south last week, the UN says.

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.

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.

Mali Islamists claim victory over Tuaregs

2012-11-19 12:47

One of the Islamist groups that seized northen Mali earlier this year is claiming victory over Tuareg fighters who tried to dislodge them, residents and a spokesperson for the group says.

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