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Israel opposes French peace drive, wants direct talks with Palestinians


JERUSALEM Israel formally expressed its opposition on Thursday to a French-proposed peace initiative, reaffirming its position that only direct talks with the Palestinians can resolve the decades-old conflict.


Malian national gets 25 years in prison over murder of U.S. diplomat 26 Apr 2016

NEW YORK A Malian national with ties to militant groups was sentenced to 25 years in a U.S. prison on Tuesday after admitting to having conspired to kill an American diplomat during a 2000 carjacking in Niger, prosecutors said.


Mali jet crash report urges better training, systems 22 Apr 2016

BAMAKO Investigators into the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people in 2014 have called for expanded anti-icing protection and better procedures and training after the pilots lost control while trying to avoid a storm.

Mali reports arrest of Islamist suspected of series of attacks 22 Apr 2016

BAMAKO Authorities in Mali said on Friday they had arrested a member of a group linked to al Qaeda that has claimed responsibility for attacks that killed dozens in Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

Red Cross workers freed after being held prisoner in Mali 22 Apr 2016

DAKAR Three Red Cross workers have been freed unharmed after being held prisoner for several days in northern Mali, the humanitarian organisation said on Friday.

Three Red Cross officials missing in northern Mali 18 Apr 2016

DAKAR Three officials with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been missing since Saturday in northern Mali, a spokesman for the organization said on Monday.

At least one dead in protest in north Mali against French forces 18 Apr 2016

BAMAKO Demonstrators stormed an airport runway in northern Mali on Monday to protest against arrests by French forces of people suspected of links to Islamist militants who operate in the region, local officials and witnesses said.


Mali arrests third man in connection with Ivory Coast beach attack 17 Apr 2016

BAMAKO Authorities in Mali have arrested a third man believed to be linked to last month's deadly al Qaeda attack on a beach resort in neighbouring Ivory Coast, military officials said on Sunday.


Mali bids final farewell to renowned photographer Malick Sidibe 16 Apr 2016

BAMAKO Mali bid a final farewell on Saturday to Malick Sidibe, an award-winning photographer considered a national treasure for his unique studio portraits and candid black-and-white depictions of popular culture in his West African homeland.

Mali has made 2,000 arrests under state of emergency, minister says 15 Apr 2016

BAMAKO Malian security forces have made some 2,000 arrests since November, when a state of emergency was introduced after an al Qaeda attack on a luxury hotel, the West African nation's security minister told Reuters on Friday.