Mali

Suspected al Qaeda-linked militants decapitate Tuareg man in Mali

BAMAKO - Suspected al Qaeda-linked militants in northern Mali have decapitated a Tuareg hostage seized last week for purportedly acting as an informer for French forces in the region, a Malian security source said on Wednesday.

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Cause of Air Algerie July crash in Mali still unknown 20 Sep 2014

BAMAKO/PARIS - Investigators studying the sudden plunge of an Air Algerie plane from an altitude of more than 30,000 feet onto Malian scrubland in July still do not have an explanation, they said on Saturday.

Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali 20 Sep 2014

N'DJAMENA - Chad's government accused the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali 19 Sep 2014

N'DJAMENA - Chad's government accused the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

U.N. says five peacekeepers killed, three wounded in Mali blast 18 Sep 2014

DAKAR - The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday.

Hollande says France doesn't pay ransoms for hostages 18 Sep 2014

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed on Thursday that Paris did not pay ransoms or exchange prisoners for the release of its citizens that are held hostage overseas.

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Mali says signed accords with China for projects worth $11 billion 16 Sep 2014

BAMAKO - Mali has signed a string of agreements with China totalling about $11 billion (6.8 billion pounds), most of it intended to finance two major railway projects linking the land-locked country to the coast, Mali's presidency said.

Mali landmine kills U.N. peacekeeper, wounds four others 14 Sep 2014

BAMAKO - A landmine explosion hit a vehicle carrying U.N. peacekeepers from Chad on patrol in northeastern Mali on Sunday, killing one and seriously wounding four others, the U.N. mission in Mali said.

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U.S. banks on strong Iraq coalition, but allies are hesitant 13 Sep 2014

PARIS - The United States says it is "comfortable" it can forge an international coalition to fight Islamic State, but with Western and Middle Eastern allies hesitant, it risks finding itself out on a limb.

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China offers $50 million to Mali in midst of IMF talks 12 Sep 2014

BAMAKO - China has extended 26 billion CFA francs ($51 million / £31.5 million) in funding to Mali, the West African country said on Friday, as it negotiates a programme with the International Monetary Fund.