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French forces detain suspects in Mali U.N. attack

DAKAR - French forces have detained three men and seized a large cache of arms which they believe were linked to a recent rocket attack on a U.N. base in northern Mali in which a Senegalese peacekeeper was killed, the French military said on Sunday.

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U.N. urges Mali peace accord at Algiers talks 18 Oct 2014

ALGIERS - The United Nations peacekeeping chief on Saturday urged the Malian government to show a strong signal of its commitment to peace as negotiations with rebels restarted.

At least six killed in northern Mali ahead of peace talks 17 Oct 2014

BAMAKO - Clashes between armed groups and pro-government militias killed at least six people in northern Mali, Tuareg rebels said on Friday, stoking tensions ahead of a new round of peace talks later this month.

WHO to test Ebola preparedness in Ivory Coast and Mali 16 Oct 2014

GENEVA - The World Health Organization will send experts to test the Ebola-preparedness measures in Ivory Coast and Mali, the two countries at greatest risk of being the next to be affected by the epidemic, WHO's health security response chief Isabelle Nuttall said on Thursday.

WHO to test Ebola preparedness in Ivory Coast and Mali 16 Oct 2014

GENEVA - The World Health Organization will send teams of experts to test the Ebola-preparedness measures at Ivory Coast and Mali's borders with countries affected by the epidemic, WHO's health security response chief Isabelle Nuttall said on Thursday.

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U.N.'s Mali envoy to quit after being named Dutch foreign minister 14 Oct 2014

AMSTERDAM/DAKAR - The head of the United Nations' mission in Mali is to quit to take up a new job as the Netherlands' foreign minister, the Dutch government said on Tuesday, opening up a vacancy in the west African nation at a time of growing instability.

French forces launch raid in Niger against al Qaeda units 10 Oct 2014

PARIS - French forces destroyed a convoy in Niger transporting weapons from Libya to Mali and captured fighters linked to al Qaeda, the presidency said on Friday as France steps up efforts to stop militants crisscrossing the Sahel-Sahara region.

Mali health workers get experimental GSK vaccine in Ebola trials 10 Oct 2014

BAMAKO - Healthcare workers in Mali have been given an experimental Ebola vaccine as part of the first human trials of the shot in West Africa, where three nations are battling the worst outbreak on record.

Senegalese peacekeeper killed in rocket attack on northern Mali base 07 Oct 2014

BAMAKO - A Senegalese United Nations peacekeeper was killed on Tuesday when a joint French-U.N. military camp in the northern Malian town of Kidal was hit by rocket fire, the U.N. mission and Senegal's state television said.

Mali PM - France, U.N. must step up fight against Islamists in Mali 06 Oct 2014

PARIS - Mali's prime minister said on Monday Islamist militants had been given an opportunity to return to the north of the country after France redeployed troops across the region and urged French and U.N. forces to go on the attack to stop their resurgence.