Mali, Ivorian troops hunt jihadis

2015-07-01 22:57

Malian soldiers backed by Ivorian and United Nations troops searched for jihadists at the site of an attack near its southern border.

West African leaders urge power liberalisation

2015-07-01 21:05

Five West African leaders have urged regional governments to liberalise the region's electricity sector to overcome insufficient power capacities.

Mali calls for calm after jihadist attack

2015-06-29 18:00

Mali's government has appealed for calm after jihadists ransacked a town near the Ivory Coast border in the second attack in the south in less than three weeks.

Two Mali soldiers killed in jihadist attack

2015-06-28 07:50

Two Malian soldiers have died in a jihadist attack on the southwestern town of Nara, on the Mauritania border, with four Islamist fighters also killed, security sources and witnesses say.

Gunmen attack western Mali town in pre-dawn raid

2015-06-27 14:30

Gunmen have attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania, a town resident and senior military sources say.

Mali asks UN to take on drug traffickers fuelling conflict

2015-06-24 07:36

Mali has asked the UN to take on drug traffickers and roll out an emergency aid package after a peace deal was signed to end violence in the north.

Mali hostages, including SA man, plead for release in video

2015-06-23 07:49

Two hostages, including an SA man, kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in north Mali more than three years ago have asked their governments to help secure their release in a rare video.

Mali's rebel alliance signs peace deal

2015-06-20 22:36

An alliance of Tuareg-led rebels and the Malian government have signed a peace deal which is meant to draw a line under a 2012 uprising.

Mali militias exit flashpoint ahead of deal

2015-06-19 16:43

Pro-government militias have withdrawn from a flashpoint town in northern Mali, removing a key obstacle to a long-delayed UN-backed peace deal.

Mali leader hails Zim’s ‘successful’ land reforms

2015-06-18 16:18

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has hailed Zimbabwe’s land reforms, saying he is amazed by the "success stories' of the country’s land programme.


Ivory Coast reinforces border security

2015-07-01 22:00

Ivory Coast has reinforced security along its northern frontier after recent attacks just across the border in Mali blamed on Islamist insurgents.

World's poorest get access to water, but not toilets

2015-06-30 23:21

The poor's lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the UN says.

Gunmen attack village in southern Mali

2015-06-28 17:07

Armed men have attacked a village in the southern Mali region of Sikasso close to the border with Ivory Coast, defence ministry spokesperson Colonel Diaran Kone has told Reuters.

11 dead in suspected Islamist attack on Mali town

2015-06-27 20:00

Suspected Islamist fighters have attacked a town in western Mali near the border with neighbouring Mauritania, leaving up to 11 people dead, an army nurse says.

McGown family happy to see son alive

2015-06-26 05:34

The father of kidnapped South African Stephen McGown says he is happy to see his son in good health, and even still in possession of his watch and wedding ring.

Al-Qaeda hostage was planning to start a family

2015-06-23 14:41

The family of a South African man kidnapped by al-Qaeda in Mali more than three years ago is struggling to cope in the wake of his capture.

SA hostage seen on Qaeda video

2015-06-22 23:29

A private Mauritanian news agency has obtained a video showing a South African and a Swede who were kidnapped in Mali in 2011 and are being held by Al-Qaeda.

Tuareg rebels prepare to sign peace deal

2015-06-20 19:14

Mali's Tuareg-led rebel alliance is preparing to sign a landmark deal to end years of unrest in a nation wracked by ethnic divisions.

Mali close to peace deal after militia leaves key town

2015-06-19 09:33

Mali’s warring factions look close to signing a landmark peace deal to end years of unrest after pro-government militia leaders agreed to evacuate a flashpoint town and the government dropped arrest warrants for several rebels.

Mali force 'not equipped to deal with jihadists'

2015-06-18 08:42

The commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has told the Security Council that his force is not geared to operate in an environment where troops face attacks from hostile jihadists groups and others.

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