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The first round of voting in Mali's presidential election has given outgoing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita a conclusive lead over his rival - but unresolved anger and finger-pointing over the results have highlighted some of the country's divisions.
Voters in Mali will be asked to go to the polls in local elections across the vast Sahel nation in November, despite the threat of attacks by armed Islamists.
The International Red Cross says three of its workers are being held in northeastern Mali by an unidentified group.
A soldier in the Chadian contingent of the UN's peacekeeping force in northern Mali has killed his own commander and an army doctor.
The UN's mission chief in Mali has paid tribute to seven Guinean peacekeepers killed in a jihadist attack on their base last week.
The United Nations peacekeeping chief in Mali is to be replaced after just one year in the role amid criticism of the country's peace process.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is one of the deadliest missions in the history of the UN blue helmets.
Mali's UN peacekeeping mission has deployed troops around a northern separatist stronghold seeking to prevent an escalation of clashes.
Pro-government militias have withdrawn from a flashpoint town in northern Mali, removing a key obstacle to a long-delayed UN-backed peace deal.
The UN peacekeeping chief in Mali has expressed confidence that holdout rebels will sign a contentious deal to bring stability in the conflict-hit nation before the looming deadline, the mission says.
Swedish peacekeepers serving with the UN's Mali mission have killed a man attempting to mount a suicide attack in the central city of Timbuktu.
The UN says five Chadian peacekeepers have been killed and three others wounded during an ambush in northeastern Mali, raising concern over the rising body count of its mission in the country.
Two UN peacekeepers have been shot dead and a third slightly wounded by one of their colleagues in northern Mali, less than three weeks after a similar incident.
Malian jihadists and security forces alike have committed appalling abuses against civilians in the last year, rights groups have said, as Islamist groups make new inroads into the west African country.
A customs officer and two civilians have been killed in an attack by suspected jihadists in northern Mali.
Former Tuareg rebels in northern Mali and rival pro-government armed groups say they have sealed a peace deal to end hostilities after days of talks.
Three months after the completion of a peace deal to end decades of conflict in northern Mali, stability remains an elusive dream undermined by tribal rivalries and internecine power struggles.
Suspected Islamist militants have attacked a hotel in central Mali used by UN staff, killing at least three people and exchanging fire with troops near the building. Among those in the hotel, were three South Africans.
Three United Nations troops were injured when a convoy including the head of peacekeeping in Mali triggered landmines in the country's restive north.
A driver has been killed in an ambush on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, the third deadly assault on the mission in less than a week.
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