Polls: Date set for Mali run-off

2013-08-02 15:52

Mali's presidential election will go to a second round on 11 August, the government says after no candidate secured a majority in the landmark poll.

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: 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.

Traore to be presented with peace deal

2013-06-12 15:40

The lead mediator in Mali peace talks has left the Ouagadougou venue to present a compromise deal to Malian President Dioncounda Traore in Bamako, a member of his delegation says.

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.

Date set for Mali presidential election

2013-05-14 21:09

Mali's president, on a visit to Belgium, says the presidential election will take place in July.

Mali defends record against abuse claims

2013-03-13 08:05

Mali's interim president has defended the country's rights record against accusations by the UN that the military was guilty of atrocities against ethnic groups in the war-torn north.

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.

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.

France: We have not finished Mali mission

2013-02-02 21:01

France will withdraw its troops from Mali once the state has restored sovereignty and an African military force can take over from the French soldiers, says French President Francois Hollande.

Malians donate blood for war effort

2013-01-13 21:33

Hundreds of Malians have lined up to donate blood destined for their troops locked in a fierce battle against Islamist rebels.

France urges rapid Mali deployment

2013-01-12 11:23

France has asked the United Nations to "accelerate" implementation of a resolution that enables the deployment of an international force to Mali.

Foreign troops, weapons flown in Mali

2013-01-11 07:41

Foreign troops and weapons have been flown into an army base in Mali, witnesses say, as the country’s president asked France for help to fight al-Qaeda linked Islamists.

Mali welcomes UN approval of military force

2012-12-21 22:21

Mali has hailed the UN's approval for an African-led military force to re-conquer the north from Islamist militants as a sign of international support for its "war against the terrorists".

Africa slams army interference in Mali

2012-12-12 14:07

The AU and West African regional block have condemned army interference in Mali’s politics after the prime minister was forced to resign.

Security Council condemns Mali PM arrest

2012-12-11 21:12

The UN Security Council has condemned the arrest of Mali's prime minister by the armed forces and renewed a threat to impose sanctions on those who threaten the country's "constitutional order".

Niger's president vows to help Mali

2012-12-03 09:35

Niger's president says his country is ready to help Mali regain its northern region which is occupied by Islamist rebels.

N Mali Islamists 'increasingly brutal'

2012-10-18 11:40

The Islamists who have seized control of Mali's desert north are growing increasingly brutal as they impose sharia on the region, even as they violate the strict Muslim law themselves, say fleeing residents.

Mali, Ecowas agree on troop deployment

2012-09-23 22:02

Mali and Ecowas representatives preparing to send troops to reclaim the Islamist-seized north have made progress in talks over deployment conditions.

Warning against 'terrorism' in N Mali

2012-09-18 10:43

Senegal and Mauritania's leaders have voiced concern about "serious threats" from the Islamist takeover of northern Mali, warning against terrorism and the partition of the west African nation.

Mali asks African forces to intervene

2012-09-05 10:35

Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore has formally asked west African forces to intervene to take back northern Mali from Islamist rebels, a senior official says.

Mali forms national unity government

2012-08-21 14:44

Mali's interim president Dioncounda Traore has formed a national unity government in an attempt to bring stability to a country split in two after Islamists seized northern regions following a coup.

Mali interim PM to form unity govt

2012-08-13 09:46

Mali’s interim president, Dioncounda Traore, has reappointed his prime minister, calling upon him to name a new government of national unity to form a united front against Islamists in the north.

Mali weighs unity government

2012-07-31 22:11

The clock is ricking for Bamako to announce a unity government that mediators hope will be able to wrest back Mali’s north, occupied by al-Qaeda-linked extremists.

Mali's Traore says he 'trusts' army

2012-07-30 10:39

In his first address to the nation since returning from his two-month-long exile, Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore says he “fully trusts” the army to assure his security.


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 July elections a bad idea: Analysts

2013-06-15 22:13

Although elections are essential to restoring democratic rule in Mali, analysts doubt that the troubled West African nation will be ready for national polls by the end of July.

Mali vote deal almost done

2013-06-12 19:09

Mediators in the Mali conflict have arrived in Bamako to get President Dioncounda Traore's approval of a deal with northern Tuareg rebels that would pave the way for nationwide polls next month.

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.

France's first lady visits Mali's Gao

2013-05-16 15:08

France's first lady Valerie Trierweiler has begun a tour of Mali with a visit to Gao, one of several northern cities liberated by a French-led military operation against an Islamist occupation.

France reassures Mali over troop withdrawal

2013-04-05 15:27

The French foreign minister is in Mali to reassure the war-torn nation that France is not planning an "overnight" withdrawal of the troops it sent there to fight al-Qaeda-linked rebels.

UN force for Mali to take months to set up

2013-02-28 09:15

France which is battling Islamist militants in Mali, will not formally propose setting up a UN peacekeeping force to take over until at least April, the French UN ambassador says.

EU unblocks €250m of aid funds to Mali

2013-02-13 08:48

The EU is set to unblock €250m in development aid to Mali frozen after a March 2012 coup allowed Islamist insurgents to seize cities and territory in the north of the desert country.

Mali urges world to stand by it

2013-02-05 14:28

Mali has urged the international community to stand by its side to drive out Islamist extremists from its territory as the UN, African Union and other global players meet in Brussels.

Mali: Troops at gates of last major city

2013-01-30 07:49

French troops are at the gates of the last major city in northern Mali still outside their control after their forces landed at the airport in Kidal, sources say.

Hollande now 'chef de guerre'

2013-01-13 18:27

Since he announced his decision to take his country to war against Islamist rebels in Mali, Hollande has won a reprieve from a relentless barrage of criticism both at home and internationally.

France rules out intervention in Mali

2013-01-11 14:18

A French minister has ruled out a speedy deployment of French troops in Mali in response to urgent appeals for help from the African state and the UN.

Traore won't wait to fight Islamists

2013-01-01 13:30

Mali's interim president says his administration could not wait several months before launching an offensive to wrest the north of the country back from Islamist groups.

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.

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 junta openly take control

2012-12-11 18:55

Mali's prime minister has resigned under duress, after being arrested by the junta as it openly takes control.

Malians protest foreign intervention plans

2012-10-18 17:59

At least 2 000 people have taken to the streets in the Malian capital to protest plans for a foreign military intervention to reclaim territory seized by armed Islamist groups in the north.

UN: Hollande urges African force for Mali

2012-09-26 11:13

French President Francois Hollande has urged the global community to help defuse a crisis in Mali by giving United Nations backing to a West African-led military intervention.

Mali president wants talks with Islamists

2012-09-22 08:00

Mali's President Dioncounda Traore has called on the armed Islamist groups who control the north of the country to enter into talks with his government.

Sanogo says supports Traore's efforts

2012-09-12 10:04

The leader of the 22 March coup in Mali says he is "in sync" with the country’s transitional government and supports interim president Dioncounda Traore's efforts to reclaim the rebel-held north.

Mali: Winning back north a top priority

2012-08-22 12:15

Mali's new foreign minister says winning back the Islamist-occupied north is the top priority of a unity government which has been formed on orders from West African mediators.

Ecowas troops 'only welcome in N Mali'

2012-08-15 07:55

Mali's military has rejected the deployment of any foreign West African soldiers to the capital, saying any regional intervention could only take place in the North of the country.

Mali given 10 more days to form unity govt

2012-08-01 11:30

West African mediators have given Mali at least 10 more days to form a unity government, presidential and diplomatic sources say.

Traore puts final touches on unity govt

2012-07-30 18:08

Mali's interim president has put final touches on a unity government, taking the lead in negotiations after sidelining his unpopular premier.

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.

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