Conflict in Mali

Presidents: French military raid in northern Mali frees 5 aid workers kidnapped in February

PARIS - French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" — killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said. Working off intelligence tips, the French forces intercepted two pickup trucks carrying the hostage-takers and their captives north of the histori…

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  • Death toll in West Africa Ebola outbreak rises to 121; all Mali cases test negative The Canadian Press - Tue, 15 Apr, 2014

    DAKAR, Senegal - An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count.  … More »Death toll in West Africa Ebola outbreak rises to 121; all Mali cases test negative

    DAKAR, Senegal - An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some …

  • A woman walks past dried bushmeat near a road of the Yamoussoukro highway
    Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90 Reuters - Fri, 4 Apr, 2014

    Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading … More »Mali suspects first Ebola cases as regional death toll tops 90

    A woman walks past dried bushmeat near a road of the Yamoussoukro highway

    Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa. More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could …

  • Coup leader Captain Sanogo attends a ceremony as former parliament speaker Traore is sworn in as Mali's interim president in the captial Bamako
    Mali's former coup leader starts hunger strike over detention Reuters - Thu, 20 Mar, 2014

    The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos two years ago and allowed Islamists to seize its desert north has started a hunger strike to protest against … More »Mali's former coup leader starts hunger strike over detention

    Coup leader Captain Sanogo attends a ceremony as former parliament speaker Traore is sworn in as Mali's interim president in the captial Bamako

    The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos two years ago and allowed Islamists to seize its desert north has started a hunger strike to protest against the conditions of his detention, legal and military sources said on Thursday. General Amadou Sanogo was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping …

  • A traditional mud structure stands in Timbuktu
    Reconstruction of Timbuktu tombs begins in Mali Reuters - Fri, 14 Mar, 2014

    Malian masons on Friday began rebuilding mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu destroyed by Islamists during their occupation of the country's north, the United … More »Reconstruction of Timbuktu tombs begins in Mali

    A traditional mud structure stands in Timbuktu

    Malian masons on Friday began rebuilding mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu destroyed by Islamists during their occupation of the country's north, the United Nations said. The earthen tombs of saints, located in the UNESCO listed desert city, were destroyed in July 2012 by militants who considered the local Sufi …

  • Malian parliamentarians attend a speech given by European Council President Van Rompuy at the parliament building in Bamako
    Broken north undermines Keita's pledge of strong, united Mali Reuters - Wed, 12 Mar, 2014

    By Emma Farge BAMAKO (Reuters) - President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won power with a pledge to resurrect a "strong and united" Mali from the ashes of a war against Islamists … More »Broken north undermines Keita's pledge of strong, united Mali

    Malian parliamentarians attend a speech given by European Council President Van Rompuy at the parliament building in Bamako

    By Emma Farge BAMAKO (Reuters) - President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won power with a pledge to resurrect a "strong and united" Mali from the ashes of a war against Islamists militants yet six months later he has done little to heal the wounds of the conflict. Elected with a reputation as a strongman, Keita has focused on …

  • Mali arrests ex-defense minister over paratroopers' deaths Reuters - Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

    Authorities in Mali arrested former defense minister General Yamoussa Camara on Thursday in a fresh sign of the government's attempts to regain control of the army after … More »Mali arrests ex-defense minister over paratroopers' deaths

    Authorities in Mali arrested former defense minister General Yamoussa Camara on Thursday in a fresh sign of the government's attempts to regain control of the army after a coup in 2012 that plunged the country into chaos. Camara was charged with attempted murder over the deaths of 21 paratroopers who disappeared two years …

  • In this photo taken early Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, Malian singer Salif Keita, rear center, performs on stage at a music festival at Segou, Mali. Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)
    Mali music festival returns on Niger River after jihadist rule, French-led war The Canadian Press - Mon, 10 Feb, 2014

    SEGOU, Mali - Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated … More »Mali music festival returns on Niger River after jihadist rule, French-led war

    In this photo taken early Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, Malian singer Salif Keita, rear center, performs on stage at a music festival at Segou, Mali. Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

    SEGOU, Mali - Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music. Now Salif Keita and other top Malian performers are trying to revitalize the country's music …

  • Woman looks at burning houses in Bossangoa, north of the Central African Republic's capital Bangui
    Mali, Niger evacuate citizens from Central African Republic Reuters - Sat, 4 Jan, 2014

    By Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - African countries have started evacuating their citizens from the Central African Republic in recent days amid deteriorating … More »Mali, Niger evacuate citizens from Central African Republic

    Woman looks at burning houses in Bossangoa, north of the Central African Republic's capital Bangui

    By Paul-Marin Ngoupana BANGUI (Reuters) - African countries have started evacuating their citizens from the Central African Republic in recent days amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions and inter-religious violence. The clashes have killed more than 1,000 since December and the United Nations says 935,000 have been …

  • French forces kill 19 Islamist fighters in north Mali Reuters - Tue, 10 Dec, 2013

    French forces have killed 19 Islamist fighters during security operations in Mali's northern region of Timbuktu, a senior French officer in the West African nation said … More »French forces kill 19 Islamist fighters in north Mali

    French forces have killed 19 Islamist fighters during security operations in Mali's northern region of Timbuktu, a senior French officer in the West African nation said on Tuesday. Pockets of al Qaeda-linked fighters are still holding out across the north, nearly a year into a French offensive aimed at driving them from …

  • French President Hollande accompany Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali, as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris
    Mali, Tuaregs fault France on failing peace talks Reuters - Wed, 4 Dec, 2013

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Mali's government and Tuareg separatists both accused France on Wednesday of not doing enough to resolve the political crisis, underscoring … More »Mali, Tuaregs fault France on failing peace talks

    French President Hollande accompany Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of Mali, as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Mali's government and Tuareg separatists both accused France on Wednesday of not doing enough to resolve the political crisis, underscoring the difficulties Paris has in disengaging itself from its former colony. After winning adulation across Mali for a 5-month military offensive earlier …

  • A delegation of the ECOWAS observer mission monitor the counting of cast votes at a polling station in Bamako

    BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's three main political parties secured just 16 seats out of 147 available in the first round of a parliamentary election, provisional results showed on Wednesday. The election, which took place on Sunday amid low turnout and some voting abuses, was meant to complete the West African country's transition …

  • Mali's coup leader arrested, charged with kidnapping The Canadian Press - Wed, 27 Nov, 2013
    Malian military vehicles guards the vicinity of the house of Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo in Bamako, Mali, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013. Malian soldiers took Sanogo, the military strongman who led last year's coup from his home in the capital Wednesday to see a judge investigating allegations of killings by the junta leader, according to two officials briefed on the matter. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    BAMAKO, Mali - The military strongman who led last year's military coup in Mali was arrested Wednesday and charged with kidnapping, hours after he was forcibly escorted from his home in the capital by soldiers. The development indicates that the government of Mali's newly elected president is not afraid to stand up to …

  • French Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud salutes as he reviews the troops during a ceremony at the Mont Valerien memorial in Suresnes, outside of Paris

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - French troops should be allowed to hunt down al Qaeda-linked militants beyond Mali's borders, French army chief Admiral Edouard Guillaud said in a rare interview on Thursday. Nine months after they were scattered across the Sahara by a French military offensive, Islamists in Mali have named …

  • Coup leader Captain Sanogo attends a ceremony as former parliament speaker Traore is sworn in as Mali's interim president in the captial Bamako

    The leader of a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos last year has been summoned for questioning over six deaths during an army protest in September, the justice ministry said on Thursday, calling the incident a "mutiny". General Amadou Sanogo overthrew Mali's President Amandou Toumani Toure in March 2012 and al …

  • FILE - In this July 28, 2013 file photo, a French military convoy drives through a neighborhood of Kidal in northern Mali. Mali's military chief in Kidal said Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, that two journalists working for French radio station RFI have been kidnapped. RFI confirmed the kidnappings on its website, saying that journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were taken at 1 p.m. Saturday by armed men in Kidal and have not been heard from since. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

    By Adama Diarra and John Irish BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - Two French radio journalists were killed by gunmen in northern Mali on Saturday shortly after being abducted in the town of Kidal, French and Malian officials said. The French government confirmed that 58-year old Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, 51, both journalists …

 
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