EU pushes for 'leverage' with Africa to curb migrants

2016-10-21 12:17

EU leaders called Thursday for greater efforts to apply the "leverage" of trade and development with Africa in order to curb migrant departures to Europe and speed up the return of those who arrive.

American NGO worker kidnapped in Niger

2016-10-15 07:16

An American NGO worker has been kidnapped in the Niger town of Abalak, northeast of the capital Niamey, before being taken by his abductors to Mali, a security source says.

Swedish peacekeepers kill attempted Mali suicide attacker

2016-10-11 22:00

Swedish peacekeepers serving with the UN's Mali mission have killed a man attempting to mount a suicide attack in the central city of Timbuktu.

Former Mali rebel leader killed in mine explosion - ex-rebels

2016-10-09 07:03

A leader of a former rebel group in northern Mali has been killed by a mine explosion in Kidal in the country's north, military and ex-rebel sources say.

Niger: 20 soldiers dead in attack on post near refugee camp

2016-10-07 08:24

A local official says gunmen have killed around 20 Niger soldiers guarding a camp of Malian refugees.

UN peacekeeper killed, 8 wounded in north Mali attack

2016-10-04 11:45

Attacks targeting a camp in northern Mali operated by the United Nations peacekeeping mission have killed one soldier from Chad and wounded eight others, the UN officials say.

Timbuktu ready to forgive as jihadist faces justice

2016-09-25 19:00

Timbuktu's residents still recall with horror the sight of jihadists waging a campaign of destruction against the fabled Malian city. But now some say they are ready to forgive an extremist whose trial in The Hague they see as a rare moment of justice.

Mali leader warns UN about 'terrorist' gains

2016-09-23 22:30

Malian President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita has told the UN that "extremist and terrorist" groups are growing in his war-torn country where increased clashes are slowing peace efforts.

Mali defence minister fired after jihadists seize town

2016-09-04 18:00

Mali’s defence minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly has been fired, a day after jihadists briefly took control of a town in the country’s centre.

Malian extremist pleads guilty to Timbuktu rampage

2016-08-22 19:51

An Islamic extremist has pleaded guilty to destroying historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu


Niger says US aid worker likely held by Mali jihadists

2016-10-17 08:30

A US aid worker kidnapped in Niger is likely being held by jihadists from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, the country's interior minister says.

4 killed as convoy ambushed in central Mali, army says

2016-10-14 07:20

Mali army spokesperson says four soldiers have been killed and nine wounded after armed men attacked a convoy in the central Segou region.

Merkel heads to Mali on Africa trip focused on migrants

2016-10-09 20:59

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left for Mali, the first stop on a three-day Africa tour focused on security and stemming the migrant influx to Europe.

Niger: Attackers who killed 22 soldiers 'likely from Mali'

2016-10-08 18:01

Niger's government says attackers who killed at least 22 soldiers at a Malian refugee camp likely came from Mali.

Germany to open Niger base to support UN Mali mission

2016-10-05 23:00

Germany will build a military base in Niger to support the UN mission fighting jihadists in neighbouring Mali, Berlin's ambassador to Niamey says.

Malian jihadist jailed for 9 years for Timbuktu attacks

2016-09-27 13:42

War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a Malian jihadist to nine years in jail for destroying the fabled shrines of Timbuktu, in a landmark ruling experts hope will help safeguard the world's vulnerable monuments.

Jihadist who razed Timbuktu tombs readies for judgment

2016-09-25 07:30

War crimes judges are set to deliver a historic judgment against a Malian jihadist who admitted attacking Timbuktu's fabled shrines, in a case which could send a strong message against cultural destruction.

UN fears Mali clashes could hurt peace process

2016-09-21 19:00

The UN has voiced concerns over Mali's shaky peace deal following deadly clashes between groups that have signed up to the agreement.

Central Mali town falls to suspected jihadists - officials

2016-09-03 17:00

A central Malian town in under suspected jihadist control after administrative buildings were attacked and the army was driven from the area, an elected official and a security source says.

Trial to open of Malian jihadist accused of Timbuktu attacks

2016-08-22 11:26

History is set to be made Monday at the world's only permanent war crimes court when an alleged Malian jihadist is due to plead guilty to attacking the fabled city of Timbuktu.

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