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.

Mali armed groups, govt postpone talks

2013-01-09 09:04

Talks planned between the Malian government and two armed groups from the country’s north have been postponed, officials say.

Ansar Dine: We're key to Mali peace talks

2012-12-06 13:35

Negotiators for Ansar Dine, one of three Islamist groups that control northern Mali, say military action to oust the extremists is futile and that they are key to peace talks, a report says.

Foreign jihadists pour into northern Mali

2012-10-22 09:17

Hundreds of jihadist fighters have poured into Mali to support the Islamists who have controlled the north for seven months, ahead of a threatened regional intervention to seize back power.

Islamists destroy saint's Mali tomb

2012-09-17 14:39

Islamists have destroyed the tomb of a Muslim saint in a northern Mali region under their control, two months after similar incidents brought widespread condemnation, sources say.

Cut terrorist ties, Mali rebels told

2012-08-08 11:04

The lead mediator in regional efforts to end unrest in Mali has told rebels there that they have to cut ties with "terrorist movements" like al-Qaeda before any peace talks could begin.

3 European hostages freed in Mali

2012-07-20 08:53

Three European aid workers released in Mali after being kidnapped by an al-Qaeda-linked group have been freed in exchange for three Islamists, a negotiator says.

Warlords 'keep child soldiers in slavery'

2012-07-11 08:58

More than 11 000 child soldiers were freed from military last year, but the UN belives hundreds of thousands around the world remain at the mercy of warlords like Thomas Lubanga.


Islamists flee French air strikes in Mali

2013-01-15 07:54

French air strikes have forced Islamist guerrillas to flee towns in northern Mali and Paris secured new international support for military action as the militants struck back, seizing a small western town.

Dozens of militants seen in Timbuktu

2012-12-14 07:44

Witnesses say that dozens of combatants loyal to an al-Qaeda-linked group in northern Mali have descended upon the fabled city of Timbuktu.

Mali rebels vow to respect national unity

2012-12-05 13:13

Mali government officials have met with two armed groups for the first time in a landmark encounter that saw the rebels pledge to respect the country’s territorial integrity and root out "terrorism".

Islamists kill 2 civilians in northern Mali

2012-10-05 13:55

Armed Islamists in northern Mali have attacked a vehicle and killed two civilians, a witness and local official says.

Mali interim PM to form unity govt

2012-08-13 09:46

Mali’s interim president, Dioncounda Traore, has reappointed his prime minister, calling upon him to name a new government of national unity to form a united front against Islamists in the north.

Mali's Traore says he 'trusts' army

2012-07-30 10:39

In his first address to the nation since returning from his two-month-long exile, Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore says he “fully trusts” the army to assure his security.

US slams Mali attacks as cultural 'assault'

2012-07-12 13:16

The US has expressed outrage at the destruction of ancient Muslim saints’ tombs by Islamists occupying northern Mali, calling the scourge an "assault" on African heritage.

Tombs at Timbuktu mosque destroyed

2012-07-10 16:30

The Islamists controlling northern Mali have destroyed two tombs at the ancient Djingareyber mud mosque in Timbuktu, an endangered world heritage site, witnesses say.

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