Mali armed groups clash near Timbuktu - security sources

BAMAKO - Malian rebels fought pro-government militia in the northern village of Kano overnight, three security sources said, firing rockets and briefly kidnapping at least 20 people in the latest spike of violence between armed groups.

Chad army says kills 120 Boko Haram militants in Cameroon 31 Jan 2015

N'DJAMENA - Chadian forces have killed 120 militants from Boko Haram in a battle in the north of neighbouring Cameroon that began when the insurgents attacked its troops, the army said in a statement on Saturday, adding that three of its soldiers were killed.

United Nations to launch inquiry into deaths of Mali protesters 29 Jan 2015

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he would launch an inquiry into the deaths of three protesters in northern Mali, who witnesses said were killed when peacekeepers opened fired to disperse the demonstration.

Suicide attacks kill at least nine people in north Mali 28 Jan 2015

BAMAKO - A suicide bomb attack near the contested Malian town of Tabankort killed at least nine people overnight, Tuareg rebel sources said on Wednesday, as violence intensified in the desert north of the West African country.

At least three killed after U.N. troops in Mali fire at protest 27 Jan 2015

BAMAKO - United Nations peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao killed at least three people on Tuesday when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses said.

Top Malian army officer survives assassination attempt in capital - sources 26 Jan 2015

BAMAKO - One of Mali's most senior military officers survived an assassination attempt in the capital, Bamako, on Monday, three sources told Reuters.

Three Malian soldiers killed in clash with gunmen in north 25 Jan 2015

BAMAKO - Unidentified gunmen clashed with Malian security forces in the northern region of Timbuktu on Sunday, killing at least three soldiers, officials said.


Mali Tuareg rebels threaten to pull out of peace talks, suspend U.N. coordination 23 Jan 2015

RABAT - Tuareg separatist rebels on Friday threatened to pull out of peace talks and suspended coordination with the United Nations mission in northern Mali after seven of its fighters were killed in an attack by U.N. forces.

Hundreds protest in northern Mali town against U.N. strikes on rebels 21 Jan 2015

DAKAR - Hundreds of people protesting against air strikes on Tuareg rebels by United Nations peacekeepers in Mali occupied the airport in the northern town of Kidal on Wednesday, forcing U.N. troops to abandon positions there.

Dutch U.N. attack helicopters strike Mali rebels in north 20 Jan 2015

DAKAR - Dutch United Nations attack helicopters carried out air strikes on Tuareg rebel forces in northern Mali on Tuesday, the first such engagement by Dutch forces serving in the U.N. mission in Mali.