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Accidental shot fired by Hollande's bodyguard raises security doubts - Le Monde

PARIS - New questions surfaced about the personal security of French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday as Le Monde daily reported an incident in which a bodyguard accidentally fired a bullet in the Elysee Palace.

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Northern rebels say captured 19 Mali soldiers 23 May 2015

BAMAKO - A Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition said on Saturday it was holding prisoner 19 Malian government soldiers captured in clashes a day earlier, amid growing violence in the north that threatens to derail U.N.-brokered peace efforts.

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U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali 23 May 2015

BAMAKO - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. | Video

U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali 23 May 2015

BAMAKO - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia.

At least six civilians killed in northern Mali fighting - sources 21 May 2015

BAMAKO - At least six civilians, including one aid worker, were killed in northern Mali on Thursday amid clashes between separatist rebels and pro-government militia, rebels and a local source said.

Pro-government forces fight separatists near Mali flashpoint town 21 May 2015

BAMAKO - Pro-government militias clashed on Thursday with northern Mali separatist rebels near the flashpoint town of Menaka, scene of repeated violations of a ceasefire agreement.

France says killed two Islamist chiefs in Sahel region 20 May 2015

PARIS - French special forces operating in Africa's Sahel region have killed two senior Islamist militant commanders, a defence ministry statement said on Wednesday.

Gunman attacks U.N. vehicles, residence in Mali capital 20 May 2015

BAMAKO - An unidentified gunman on Wednesday shot at United Nations vehicles in Mali's capital Bamako and targeted a house where U.N. staff were staying, wounding a guard, the world body said.

French, local forces kill three gunmen in northern Niger raid 18 May 2015

PARIS - French and Niger forces killed three gunmen in a convoy carrying drugs and heavy weapons in Niger close to the Libyan border, the French army said on Monday, as its troops step up efforts to stop militants crisscrossing the Sahel-Sahara region.

Three government soldiers killed in Mali rebel attack - sources 18 May 2015

BAMAKO - At least three Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in a dawn raid by rebels south of the desert town of Timbuktu, officials said, despite a partial signing of a peace deal last week.