Mali's former rebels agree to join peace conference

2017-03-28 16:08

Former rebels in Mali have reversed a decision to boycott a national reconciliation conference after receiving assurances from the government, a spokesperson says.

3 soldiers dead as armed men attack northern Mali army base

2017-03-26 07:01

Local officials in Mali say three soldiers have been killed and four others injured in an attack by armed men on a military post in the country's north.

116 million African children to get polio vaccines: WHO

2017-03-24 20:33

The World Health Organization says 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent.

Abducted French national is 'in Sudan': Chad minister

2017-03-24 18:31

A French national abducted from southeastern Chad is in neighbouring Sudan, a Chadian minister has said. .

French national abducted in Chad: French military source

2017-03-23 19:04

A French national has been abducted in the central African nation of Chad, a French military source has said.

Top commander in powerful Malian militia slain

2017-03-18 07:12

A top commander serving in one of Mali's powerful pro-government militia has been murdered in the country's northeast, sources say, with two suspects in custody.

Kenya becomes latest African nation to ban plastic bags

2017-03-15 19:47

Kenya's government is banning the manufacture and import of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging.

Steps to peace falter in Timbuktu as militias squabble

2017-03-06 21:12

Tensions between armed groups who encircled Mali's fabled Timbuktu have prevented the head of a new regional body from taking charge in the former rebel-held city despite government assurances he would start work on Monday.

Niger declares emergency in areas flanking restive Mali

2017-03-04 13:00

Niger has declared a state of emergency in several western areas flanking Mali after a spate of deadly attacks blamed on jihadists from its restive neighbour.

Interim authorities installed in Mali's former rebel bastions

2017-03-03 08:30

Interim authorities for Mali's troubled northern regions of Gao and Menaka have been installed in a step toward improving security enough to allow local elections in former rebel strongholds.


Mali peace conference hit by boycott

2017-03-27 18:51

Former rebels and Mali's opposition parties have boycotted a national summit enshrined in the country's 2015 peace deal, laying bare divisions with the government and armed groups it relies on for security.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Egypt, Mali

2017-03-25 07:14

Zimbabwean opposition parties are on the verge of forming a formidable coalition ahead of next years presidential election, and Egyptian long time autocratic Hosni Mubarak has been released from jail.

Burkina Faso forces kill key jihadist, arrest others

2017-03-24 19:31

Burkina Faso's government says its military forces have killed a key jihadist and arrested 18 others in the country's north, close to the West African nation's border with Mali.

10 dead, 14 injured in central Mali ethnic clashes

2017-03-24 08:53

At least 10 people have died in violent clashes between two ethnic groups in central Mali, a security ministry source says, as tensions grow over land use and food scarcity in the region.

Security in Mali 'worrying': UN peacekeeping mission

2017-03-19 09:22

The security situation in Mali "remains worrying" despite recent troop deployments and some progress on the country's peace accord, the head of the UN's peacekeeping force says.

Mali doctors' strike paralyses hospitals

2017-03-15 22:06

A nearly week-long strike over pay in Mali's public hospitals has brought services in major cities to a near standstill.

Jihadist alliance claims Mali attack that killed 11 soldiers

2017-03-10 21:48

A jihadist alliance uniting Malian insurgents loyal to Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 11 soldiers close to Mali's border with Burkina Faso, its first such attack.

11 Malian soldiers killed in attack on border base

2017-03-06 06:05

At least 11 soldiers have been killed in Mali in an attack on an army base near the border with Burkina Faso, as rival armed factions surrounded the flashpoint city of Timbuktu.

3 Islamic extremist groups in Mali merge, pledge to al-Qaeda

2017-03-03 14:47

Three prominent Islamic extremist groups in Mali have announced they have merged into one and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda's leader, according to an organisation that monitors jihadist websites.

Long-delayed interim authority installed in north Mali

2017-03-01 19:38

An interim authority for Mali's troubled northern Kidal region, a stronghold of the former Tuareg rebellion, was finally installed on Tuesday, the first step toward improving security enough to allow local elections.

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