Mali's ex-coup leader starts hunger strike

2014-03-20 15:15

The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos two years ago and allowed Islamists to seize its desert north has started a hunger strike to protest against the conditions of his detention.

Mali ex-coup leader grilled over troop abuses

2013-11-27 18:12

Amadou Sanogo, who led a March 2012 coup in Mali, has been detained for questioning by a judge investigating alleged abuses committed by his followers.

Mali court drops case against editor

2013-05-01 07:55

A court in Mali has threwn out a case against a newspaper editor who was arrested after publishing an article criticising the leader of last year's military coup.

Sanogo to head army reform committee

2013-02-14 09:16

The leader of a March coup that ousted Mali's government, exacerbating a crisis in which Islamist rebels went on to seize over half the country, has been sworn in as head of a military reform committee.

Mali: Heavy gunfire erupts in Bamako

2013-02-08 16:10

Heavy gunfire has erupted in the west of Mali's capital Bamako, as government forces exchange fire with mutinous paratroopers, military sources and witnesses say.

New PM forms government in Mali

2012-12-16 14:08

Mali's interim PM has formed a new government, with some ministers being replaced with ties to a coup leader Amadou Sanogo.

Malians must unite, says new PM

2012-12-12 09:19

Mali's new prime minister says his priorities are to regain control of the north from Islamists and organise a general election in the troubled west African nation.

Mali's interim leader sidelines PM Diarra

2012-07-30 09:25

Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore has sidelined his controversial prime minister Cheick Modibo Diarra by announcing the creation of new bodies tasked with ending the crisis.

Mali arrests counter coup leader

2012-07-12 22:16

Mali's military has arrested the colonel behind an attempted counter coup in April.

Mali PM holds talks with AU chief

2012-05-26 17:25

The prime minister of Mali's transition government has arrived in Abidjan for talks with current African Union head Alassane Ouattara on the Malian crisis.

Mali leader to Paris for medical tests

2012-05-23 20:18

Mali's interim leader Dioncounda Traore has left for Paris to undergo medical tests after an assault by protesters angry at his appointment to head a post-coup transition government.

Mali transition off to rocky start

2012-05-22 14:46

Mali's one year transition back to democratic rule has gotten off to a shaky start, amid fears the process may be derailed after President Dioncounda Traore was attacked by angry protesters.

Mali solves impasse, faces rebel crisis

2012-05-21 22:30

A last-minute deal signed with Mali's junta on a transition government has solved a political impasse, but a crisis in the rebel-hold north loomed large over the new leaders.

Mediators complete mission to Mali

2012-05-21 16:52

West African mediators have wrapped up their mission to Mali after securing their choice for transition president by offering the leader of a March coup the status of former head of state.

Mali interim leader heads to Abidjan

2012-05-16 20:09

Mali's interim leader Dioncounda Traore will hold talks with Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara as a post-coup political crisis drags on in his country.

Mali coup leaders threatened

2012-05-14 16:50

West Africa's 15-nation ECOWAS bloc is threatening to impose new sanctions on Mali's coup leaders and their allies, accusing them of blocking a return to civilian rule and further destabilising the divided nation.

Mali transition remains shaky

2012-05-11 11:39

A month after handing power to civilians, Mali's ex-junta is resisting a return to barracks, threatening to disrupt a transition to democratic rule in Bamako while Islamists retain a firm hold on the north.

AU renews call for Mali junta to step down

2012-05-07 07:40

Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, who is the current chairperson of the AU, has repeated a call for Mali’s military junta that seized power in a March coup to return to their barracks.

West Africans slam coup leaders

2012-05-03 22:02

West African leaders have slammed the defiance of coup leaders in Mali and Guinea-Bissau as talks opened on the crisis-wracked nations in Dakar.

Junta claims control of Mali capital

2012-05-02 22:03

The Junta has arrested 100s in a round-up after an attempted counter-coup and claims to control the Mali capital.

Mali's interim leader sworn in

2012-04-12 12:12

Dioncounda Traore has been sworn in as interim president of Mali, taking over from the military officers who staged last month’s coup in the troubled west African country.

Sanogo doesn't want foreign forces

2012-04-10 14:11

The head of Mali's military junta has made it clear that he would have a powerful say over how the country is run in the weeks ahead and doesn’t want foreign forces to intervene.

UN wants immediate ceasefire in Mali

2012-04-05 09:23

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire and return to democracy in Mali, prompting an announcement of an end to "military operations" by Tuareg rebels in the north.

Mali's Tuareg rebels gain ground

2012-04-04 11:17

Mali's junta is facing increasing pressure to give up power with world powers tightening the diplomatic screws as Islamists consolidate their grip on the north.

West Africa leaders hit Mali with sanctions

2012-04-03 08:06

West African leaders have slapped crippling sanctions on Mali’s new junta ahead of emergency UN talks on the troubled nation, half of which is now held by Tuareg rebels and Islamist fighters.


Mali ex-president 'demoralised the army'

2013-12-28 13:13

Mali's government has launched an investigation into ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure for "high treason", it said in a statement.

Mali coup leader fired

2013-08-29 20:33

Mali's interim government has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the West African country's armed forces.

Court throws out case against Malian editor

2013-04-30 13:29

A Malian newspaper editor detained for nearly a month after publishing an open letter from disgruntled soldiers has been freed after the case was declared "null and void".

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 army ill-equipped

2013-01-23 21:16

Many doubt the Mali army is up to the challenge of fighting the Islamist extremists.

New Mali PM has 'respect' of US

2012-12-13 09:18

The United States has described the new prime minister of Mali as a man respected by US officials and urged him to move swiftly to form a new government to lead the troubled country.

Mali junta tortured soldiers – Amnesty

2012-07-31 10:44

Amnesty International says soldiers loyal to Mali's ousted government were tortured and suffered other rights abuses at the hands of the junta behind the March coup.

'Sanogo's forces committed torture'

2012-07-26 08:58

Forces loyal to Mali's coup are responsible for the disappearance of at least 20 people now presumed dead and for torture that includes sexual abuse, a rights group says.

Sanogo stripped of head of state status

2012-07-05 08:00

The body representing western Africa nations has stripped the leader of Mali's recent coup of his recently acquired status as a former head of state.

Mali's Traore in France after assault

2012-05-25 10:34

Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore is in France for a private visit and medical help, a French foreign ministry spokesperson says, after the 70-year-old was assaulted by protesters back home.

Supporters want Sanogo leadership

2012-05-23 14:37

Supporters of Mali's coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo say they have named him head of a transition government, ignoring a deal mediated by regional leaders and signed at the weekend.

Traore attack: Ecowas threatens sanctions

2012-05-22 12:31

Ecowas has warned it would punish those responsible for orchestrating violence after hundreds of protesters stormed Mali's presidential palace and beat up interim leader Dioncounda Traore.

'Betrayed' Malians march after pensions

2012-05-21 20:41

Mali's junta leader is to get the status of a former head of state as part of a transition deal, upsetting many supporters.

Sanogo to have status of ex-head of state

2012-05-21 07:43

The leader of putschists who ousted Mali's president in March will retain the title of former head of state and all privileges coming with it, interim authorities and Ecowas say.

West Africa envoys to revive Mali talks

2012-05-15 16:24

Two envoys from West African bloc Ecowas are set to return to Mali, days after leaving the country following the breakdown of talks with coup leaders.

Mali coup leader urged to step aside

2012-05-12 08:18

The US State Department has called on the officer who led a military coup in Mali in March to step aside and to allow for a full return to civilian rule.

Mali coup leader wants power back

2012-05-10 21:54

The officer who led a military coup in Mali in March wants to take back power when the term of a caretaker president, appointed under an agreement brokered by regional mediators, runs out later this month.

Mali, G-Bissau coup leaders threatened

2012-05-04 07:34

West African presidents have threatened tougher action against coup leaders in Mali and Guinea-Bissau who have resisted efforts to fully restore civilian rule.

Summit on Mali, G-Bissau set to begin

2012-05-03 14:00

West African leaders have begun arriving in Dakar for a fresh summit on crisis-wracked Mali and Guinea-Bissau after both their governments were overthrown by soldiers.

AU hails Mali power handover

2012-04-13 07:47

The African Union has applauded the handover of power to Mali's interim leader Dioncounda Traore from last month’s coup leaders.

Traore readies to take over in Mali

2012-04-12 09:02

An interim leader is set to take over from Mali's junta and head a transition government that must claw back control of half the country from the hands of Islamists and Tuareg rebels.

Mali’s future interim leader meets Sanogo

2012-04-10 09:44

The man set to be sworn in as Mali's interim president to oversee the country’s return to democratic rule has met with the army captain who seized power with other soldiers on 22 March.

World scrambling to stop Mali Tuareg advance

2012-04-04 20:32

World leaders are scrambling to stop Mali's descent into chaos, two weeks after a coup in Bamako touched off a sequence which saw Tuareg rebels conquer half the country.

US places sanctions on Mali coup leaders

2012-04-04 07:34

The Obama administration has issued travel restrictions for leaders of Mali’s recent coup and says they should restore civilian rule immediately.

Mali sanction deadline expires

2012-04-02 07:44

Mali is bracing for possible regional sanctions after its military rulers pledged to start returning power to civilians but no concrete moves were taken.

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