France announces new operation in Africa

2014-07-19 22:00

France has announced the redeployment of 3 000 troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of an operation to help fight terrorism in the region.

Jihadists claim French soldier blast

2014-07-17 18:15

A jihadist movement led by al-Qaeda-linked Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed a French soldier in Mali.

Mali peace talks start after prisoner swap

2014-07-16 17:01

Mali's government and rebels are holding peace talks in Algiers intended to end decades of uprisings by northern Tuareg tribes after an exchange of prisoners helped to get the negotiations started.

Mali govt, rebels swap prisoners before peace talks

2014-07-15 21:51

Tuareg rebels and the Malian government have exchanged dozens of prisoners in a goodwill gesture on the eve of peace talks opening in Algiers.

France wrapping up military operation in Mali

2014-07-13 21:04

France's defence minister says the French military operation in Mali "fulfilled its mission" and is being reorganised into a regional force against terrorists across northwest Africa.

Mali to meet northern Tuareg rebels

2014-07-09 09:19

Mali government officials are set to meet northern Tuareg separatist rebels in Algiers, Frecnh Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says, indicating progress in their stalled peace talks.

Mali restoration project out of cash

2014-06-27 21:03

Unesco says the Funding for Timbuktu restoration project is far short of the $11m needed.

Rising violence against women in Mali

2014-06-20 14:00

Violence against women has become one of the most pressing issues in Mali, where despite recent gains in stabilisation, the political and humanitarian situation remains fragile, the UN says.

500 000 kids in Mali at risk of malnutrition

2014-06-20 08:58

Nearly 500 000 children under the age of five in Mali are at risk of acute malnutrition and 1.5 million people don’t have enough to eat, the director of the UN humanitarian operations says.

Conditions 'ripe' for peace in northern Mali

2014-06-17 07:42

Armed groups from northern Mali are ready to launch peace talks with Bamako to put an end to the instability plaguing the region, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra says.

3 Malian groups say ready to talk peace

2014-06-10 14:33

Three armed movements from northern Mali have signed a joint statement in Algiers declaring that they are ready to work for peace with the Bamako government, Algeria’s foreign ministry says.

Mali's defence minister replaced

2014-05-28 12:54

Mali's defence minister has resigned, less than a week after an embarrassing defeat of army forces by Tuareg separatist rebels who seized several northern towns.

Mali says 50 soldiers killed in Kidal fighting

2014-05-26 12:13

50 Malian soldiers died this week during a failed army attempt to seize the Tuareg separatist northern town of Kidal, the West African country's defence minister said on Sunday.

Solar lamps made from bike parts change lives

2014-05-23 08:48

Mobile solar-powered streetlamps made from old bicycle parts are transforming lives in Mali, where villagers often work by night to escape the heat despite 90% having no main electricity.

Malian army flees Kidal again

2014-05-21 21:00

The Malian army has once again retreated from Kidal amid heavy rebel fighting despite a French presence.

Odious crimes won’t go unpunished – Mali leader

2014-05-20 08:49

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has warned that "odious crimes" that have left more than 30 people dead in northern Mali would not go unpunished.

Mali tries to retake rebel stronghold

2014-05-19 21:52

Mali has sent troops to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal after Tuareg separatists seized local government offices, taking hostages and engaging the army in a fire fight.

US urges 'immediate' release of Mali hostages

2014-05-19 07:54

The US has called for restraint and the "immediate" release of hostages in Mali, where clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead in the north.

Malian soldier killed, 46 injured in crash

2014-05-16 10:18

A Malian soldier has been killed and 46 others injured after a military transporter crashed, the army says.

French soldier dies in Mali

2014-05-08 12:22

A French soldier has been killed in northern Mali as France prepares to deploy thousand of its troops across the region to better fight Islamist militancy, an official says.

Mali president names negotiator for Tuareg talks

2014-04-24 11:03

Mali's president has named former Prime Minister Keita as negotiator for talks with Tuareg rebels.

Mali slams 'cowardly murder' of French hostage

2014-04-23 16:49

Mali has denounced as a “cowardly and despicable murder” the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation’s top jihadist groups.

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121

2014-04-15 11:41

The World Health Organisation says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people.

Mali: 3 quizzed in attack on ex-leader’s home

2014-04-10 08:58

Malian police say they are questioning three suspects in the attack on the Bamako home of former president Alpha Oumar Konare last week.


French president Hollande visits Niger

2014-07-18 14:20

France's president is paying a visit to the former colony of Niger, a landlocked desert nation in West Africa that has played a key role in French military efforts in the region.

Terrorism: France to redeploy its troops in Africa

2014-07-17 12:29

The redeployment of 3 000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa is expected to become official in the coming days.

Mali govt 'ready to go far' in peace talks

2014-07-16 14:02

The Bamako government is ready to make concessions within its "red lines" to clinch an accord with armed groups from northern Mali, Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop says.

Legionnaire killed in Mali suicide bombing

2014-07-15 20:14

A French soldier has been killed in the first suicide bombing targeting France's forces in northern Mali.

At least 20 killed in Mali rebel clashes

2014-07-12 14:10

At least 20 people have been killed during violent clashes between two Tuareg rebel groups in northern Mali, the military says.

Landmine kills UN peacekeeper in Mali

2014-07-01 16:38

The UN says one peacekeeper has died and six others have been injured after their vehicle struck a landmine in northern Mali.

UN extends Mali mission, urges peace talks

2014-06-26 07:52

The Security Council has extended for another year the UN mission in Mali, calling on it to prioritise efforts to facilitate peace talks and expand its presence in the north.

At least 18 000 displaced in Mali violence

2014-06-20 12:30

A spike in violence in the northern Mali region of Kidal has forced 17 400 people from their homes, undermining limited progress in stability, the UN humanitarian operations director says.

UN: Unmanned drones to be deployed in Mali

2014-06-19 10:25

The UN peacekeeping force in Mali will be getting unmanned drones to help protect civilians and the UN troops in the volatile north, the peacekeeping chief says.

Mali rebels sign truce

2014-06-10 19:50

Three northern Mali rebel groups have signed an accord in Algiers promising peace talks.

Mali officer arrested over coup bid

2014-06-06 18:09

A Malian army officer has been arrested for an attempted coup, a day after his family reported he had been kidnapped.

UN urges Mali to implement ceasefire

2014-05-29 12:08

The UN Security Council has urged Mali to implement fully a ceasefire between government and armed rebel groups following fresh fighting in the northern desert town of Kidal.

Libya militia stole US weapons in raid

2014-05-28 07:43

Militia fighters have stolen hundreds of American-supplied automatic weapons and other equipment in a raid on a Libyan base where the US was training local forces.

Mali in crisis

2014-05-23 09:56

Mali is in crisis after losing two northern towns including the rebel bastion of Kidal to Tuareg separatists, in a humiliating defeat that forced the government to call for an "immediate ceasefire".

Mali leader urges ceasefire

2014-05-22 08:49

Mali’s president has called for a ceasefire in the restive north of the country and ordered three days of mourning as Tuareg rebels claimed they captured more than a key desert bastion after slaying several soldiers.

UN calls for end to Mali violence

2014-05-21 11:07

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate end to violence in northern Mali after more than 30 people were killed in fighting between rebels and the army in a flashpoint town.

Rebels free hostages seized in northern Mali

2014-05-20 07:39

Tuareg rebels have released 32 civil servants taken hostage in a deadly siege at government offices in northern Mali, the UN’s MINUSMA peacekeeping force says.

Mali at war with terrorists, says PM

2014-05-19 11:19

Mali’s PM has warned the country is "at war" with terrorists in the northern city of Kidal, after clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead.

36 dead, about 30 hostages in Mali clashes

2014-05-18 20:24

Fighting between government soldiers and Tuareg rebels in the northern Malian city of Kidal has left at least 36 dead and almost as many civil servants hostage.

Peacekeepers hurt in Mali land mine blast

2014-05-13 12:53

Three UN peacekeepers have been injured after their vehicle hit a landmine in the northern Malian town of Kidal, a spokesperson for the UN mission says.

Mali needs to pull itself together

2014-04-29 22:09

Mali's new prime minister has painted an unflattering picture of his own country and announced an ambitious plan to unite the nation.

Mali remains 'free' of deadly Ebola epidemic

2014-04-16 09:25

Mali says it is clear of the Ebola epidemic suspected to be behind at least 130 deaths this year in Guinea and Liberia.

Aid groups on emergency footing against Ebola

2014-04-11 10:38

International aid organisations have launched a series of emergency measures across west Africa in a bid to contain one of the worst ever outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus.

Failed rocket attack in northern Mali

2014-04-07 19:09

Militants have fired rockets at a school and a French army camp in the northern Malian city of Kidal, without managing to hit their targets, military sources say.

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