West African girls show the way in Senegal tech battle

2017-05-22 18:59

West African schoolgirls, some not yet teenagers, have taken a starring role at an engineering competition in Senegal, busting stereotypes with robotics expertise and innovative projects for their communities.

Macron calls for support in fighting extremism

2017-05-20 07:25

On his first official trip outside Europe, new French President Emmanuel Macron has highlighted his determination to crush extremism.

Why France's new president is visiting Mali

2017-05-19 13:21

France's new president has chosen the wet African country of mali as his first official visit outside Europe. The question is why?

UN to deploy 'rapid intervention force' in central Mali

2017-05-18 10:00

A rapid intervention force of Senegalese troops will soon be deployed in central Mali, which has seen an increase in jihadist attacks and communal violence since 2015, the new UN peacekeeping chief says.

Couple stoned to death in north Mali by 'Islamists': local official

2017-05-17 21:08

An unmarried couple were stoned to death in public in northeast Mali by Islamists, the first such known occurrence since 2012, local officials have told AFP.

Red Cross employees abducted in Mali freed

2017-05-16 21:05

Four Malian Red Cross employees, kidnapped Sunday in the country's restive centre, have been released, a local official told AFP.

Four Red Cross employees kidnapped in central Mali

2017-05-15 21:03

Four Malian Red Cross employees have been kidnapped in the country's restive centre, the organisation has said, while a local official said negotiations were underway for their release.

Shelling at UN camp in Mali kills one, wounds 9

2017-05-04 08:38

Shelling and rocket fire on a UN camp in the troubled Malian city of Timbuktu killed one person and wounded nine peacekeepers, the United Nations mission in the country has said.

Eight Malian soldiers killed in central Mali attack

2017-05-02 21:30

Eight Malian soldiers were killed Tuesday by armed assailants in a central area of the country that is regularly targeted by jihadist groups, a Malian military source has told AFP.

Mali extends state of emergency by 6 months

2017-04-29 20:20

Mali has extended a state of emergency by six months until October 31 as the west African nation battles a jihadist insurgency.


Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Bashir, Mali

2017-05-20 10:00

A video showing president Mugabe struggling to climb a small staircase a has gone viral, and Omar al-Bashir will not join an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia with Donald Trump.

Macron visits French troops in Mali's restive north

2017-05-19 16:34

President Emmanuel Macron has visited French troops fighting jihadists in conflict-torn Mali and urged faster progress on a peace accord signed in 2015.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, DRC, Malawi

2017-05-19 08:15

Zimbabwe is set to build a new university in honour of president Mugabe, and SA has deported at least 300 Malawian citizens, who had been living illegally in the country.

'Islamists' stone couple to death in north Mali: official

2017-05-18 08:28

An unmarried couple was stoned to death in public in northeast Mali by "Islamists", local officials say, the first such incident since jihadist groups were driven out of the region.

SA hostage in Mali marks 2000 days in captivity

2017-05-17 19:35

More than five years after her son had been captured by a rebel group in Mali, Stephen McGown’s ailing mother wants him freed before she takes her last breath, Gift of the Givers says.

UN: Sexual violence increasingly used as 'terrorism' tactic

2017-05-16 15:01

A top UN official says sexual violence is increasingly being used as "a tactic of terrorism" from Iraq, Syria and Yemen to Somalia, Nigeria and Mali.

UN peacekeeper killed in Mali identified as Liberian

2017-05-05 20:00

A UN peacekeeper killed in a rocket and mortar attack claimed by a powerful jihadist alliance in Mali has been identified by the United Nations as a Liberian soldier.

Nine Malian soldiers killed in central Mali attack

2017-05-03 06:00

Nine Malian soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an area regularly targeted by jihadist groups, as the commander of France's counter-terrorism force for the region says an operation on the Burkina Faso border is ongoing.

Around 20 jihadists killed or captured in Mali's north

2017-05-01 13:28

French soldiers killed or captured about 20 jihadists in Mali's restive north where a French soldier was killed on April 5, the French chief of staff has said.

Morocco, US stage joint military exercise

2017-04-23 11:17

Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1 300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco, the American embassy and military officials have said.

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