Tribal chief of Mali's Tuaregs dies amid stalled peace talks

DAKAR - The chief of the most powerful Tuareg tribe in northern Mali died on Thursday, signalling a change of leadership as Tuareg separatists are locked in peace talks with the government.

Threatened African nations urge western action on Libya crisis 16 Dec 2014

DAKAR - African leaders on Tuesday urged western nations to act to resolve the crisis in Libya which has sent shock waves across the vast arid Sahel band and threatened to destabilise fragile regional governments.


France urges African nations to take charge of their security 15 Dec 2014

DAKAR - France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent.

U.N. Sahel envoy says Libya turmoil could destabilise neighbours 15 Dec 2014

DAKAR - The United Nations special envoy to the Sahel region said on Monday talks to resolve a crisis in Libya had stalled and warned several countries in the region risked being destabilised unless it was resolved quickly.


Mali freed four militants in exchange for French hostage - minister 12 Dec 2014

DAKAR - Mali freed four Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda in north Africa in exchange for the release of Serge Lazarevic, a French national who was being held by the group, Mali's justice minister said on Friday.

EU resumes aid to Mali, halted over suspected irregularities 12 Dec 2014

BAMAKO - The European Union has resumed aid to Mali which it suspended in June due to suspected irregularities in government spending, including the purchase of a $40 million (25 million pounds) presidential jet, the Malian government announced on Friday.

French forces in Mali kill Islamist on U.S. wanted list 11 Dec 2014

PARIS - French forces in northern Mali have killed a senior commander of the al Mourabitoun Islamist group who was wanted by the United States, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday.


France's last hostage returns home celebrating freedom 10 Dec 2014

VILLACOUBLAY, France - France's last hostage abroad returned home on Wednesday after three years in captivity and was welcomed by President Francois Hollande who warned citizens not to travel to high-risk zones. | Video


Last French hostage freed by Al Qaeda's north African arm 10 Dec 2014

PARIS/NIAMEY - (This December 9th 2014 story was refiled to correct the location of the press conference in paragraph 3 to presidency)

Mali and rebels fail to reach deal in third round of talks 27 Nov 2014

BAMAKO - A third round of talks between the Malian government and mostly Tuareg rebel groups, held in Algiers, broke up on Thursday without an agreement, officials for both sides said, although mediators remained optimistic about a future deal.