Tuaregs celebrate culture in Niger Sahara festival

2018-03-14 14:36

Tuaregs in northern Niger are hoping to draw tourists back to the region by putting their traditional dances, music poetry and camel races on display.

Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north

2015-08-31 15:01

The UN has deployed 10 000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1bn into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the re-emergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

Mali rebels pull out of peace accord

2015-08-24 07:28

Tuareg rebels in northern Mali say they are pulling out of an international committee set to monitor a peace accord between them and pro-government forces in the restive region.

Pro-govt fighters chase separatists from Mali village

2015-08-18 08:59

Government-allied militia forces have chased Tuareg separatists from a village in Mali's troubled north, after days of fighting, the United Nations mission says.

11 soldiers killed in attack on Mali camp

2015-08-04 07:47

Eleven soldiers have been killed in a “terrorist” attack on their camp in northern Mali’s Timbuktu region, a government statement says, an assault claimed by al-Qaeda’s front group in the region.

Mali rebels sign initial peace deal, doubts remain

2015-05-14 17:41

Mali’s Tuareg-led rebels have signed up to a preliminary peace agreement with the government as a step to ending decades of separatist fighting.

Tuaregs fire on UN peacekeepers outside Timbuktu

2015-04-28 16:33

Northern Tuareg rebels have shot at UN peacekeepers in Mali outside the town of Timbuktu amid growing tensions that threaten a fragile peace process, the country’s UN mission says.

Boko Haram under scrutiny over foreign fighters claim

2014-09-11 15:09

Cameroon's claims that two Tuareg fighters were among the dead when troops bombarded Boko Haram position have sparked fresh interest in the group’s links to the wider jihad network.

500 000 kids in Mali at risk of malnutrition

2014-06-20 08:58

Nearly 500 000 children under the age of five in Mali are at risk of acute malnutrition and 1.5 million people don’t have enough to eat, the director of the UN humanitarian operations says.

UN urges Mali to implement ceasefire

2014-05-29 12:08

The UN Security Council has urged Mali to implement fully a ceasefire between government and armed rebel groups following fresh fighting in the northern desert town of Kidal.


Five dead in jihadist attack in central Mali

2017-04-09 11:03

A Tuareg-led group in Mali says five of its fighters have been killed in an attack blamed on jihadists, a week after a national peace summit called for talks with militants in the country's north.

Mali loyalist forces refuse to leave occupied northern town

2015-08-27 11:17

Pro-government militias in northern Mali have refused to pull out of a town they occupied last week, as renewed tensions with Tuareg rebels threaten to torpedo a crucial peace deal in the restive region.

UN declares security zone around Mali town after clashes

2015-08-18 10:13

The UN peacekeepers say they would establish a 20km "security zone" around the town of Kidal in restive northern Mali following deadly clashes between a pro-government group and Tuareg rebels.

Mali groups clash again ahead of talks in Niger

2015-08-17 17:03

Tuareg rebels in northern Mali have attacked the position of a pro-government militia, in fighting that is undermining government attempts to pacify the region, sources say.

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 peace deal threatened as army, rebels clash

2015-04-30 10:48

Armed insurgents have exchanged fire with soldiers in Mali, plunging peace negotiations into disarray in the first clash this year between government forces and the main Tuareg rebel alliance.

At least 7 dead in north Mali clashes

2014-10-17 10:48

At least seven people have been killed in clashes between rival armed Tuareg groups and their allies in northern Mali, several sources say.

At least 20 killed in Mali rebel clashes

2014-07-12 14:10

At least 20 people have been killed during violent clashes between two Tuareg rebel groups in northern Mali, the military says.

Conditions 'ripe' for peace in northern Mali

2014-06-17 07:42

Armed groups from northern Mali are ready to launch peace talks with Bamako to put an end to the instability plaguing the region, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra says.

Mali's defence minister replaced

2014-05-28 12:54

Mali's defence minister has resigned, less than a week after an embarrassing defeat of army forces by Tuareg separatist rebels who seized several northern towns.

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