Mali

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

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.

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U.S. confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia strike 06 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated militants.

U.S. confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia strike 05 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Abdi Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al Qaeda-affiliated militants.

Tunisian police arrest suspected jihadists accused of planning attacks 05 Sep 2014

TUNIS - Tunisian police have arrested a dozen suspected Islamist militants said to be planning attacks as Tunisia prepares for the election that is supposed to complete a post-revolution transition to democracy.

Landmine kills four U.N. soldiers, wounds 15 in northern Mali 02 Sep 2014

BAMAKO - Four United Nations soldiers were killed on Tuesday and a further 15 were wounded when the convoy they were travelling in struck a landmine in an area of northern Mali where attacks are on the rise, a spokesman for the country's U.N. mission said.