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Mali's foot-dragging traps peace mission in unending conflict

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BAMAKO Last week, the offices of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the desert city of Gao in northern Mali were flattened by a truck bomb. On Tuesday, just five suspected Islamist militants succeeded in freeing 93 inmates from a jail in the town of Niono.

Suspected Islamist militants free 93 prisoners in central Mali 06 Dec 2016

BAMAKO Suspected Islamist militants freed 93 prisoners during an attack on a jail in the central Mali town of Niono early on Tuesday, officials said.

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Unpopular Hollande doomed by failure of jobs promise 01 Dec 2016

PARIS Francois Hollande staked his political fate on a promise to bring down unemployment, and it was his failure to turn around the economy that made him France's most unpopular president ever.

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Militants strike north Mali airports with suicide truck, rockets 30 Nov 2016

GAO, Mali Militants have struck two airports in northern Mali with an explosives-laden truck and rockets, residents and a security source said on Wednesday, in attacks that caused no victims but pointed to desert jihadists intensifying their insurgency.

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In Mali, waning fortunes of Fulani herders play into Islamist hands 21 Nov 2016

MOPTI, Mali For centuries, Fulani cattle herders and the farmers of central Mali -- both dependent on the Niger River for precious water -- have had a deal.

Mali ethnic militia group says it will lay down its arms 19 Nov 2016

BAMAKO A militia in central Mali that represents ethnic Peuhls said on Saturday it would lay down its arms in a boost for government attempts to bring peace to the country.

Ansar Dine claims attack on southern Mali town 08 Nov 2016

DAKAR Islamist militant group Ansar Dine has claimed responsibility for an attack on a town in southern Mali in which 21 prisoners were freed from jail, according to a social media posting monitored by the SITE Intelligence Group.

Gunmen kill five Niger soldiers as Mali insurgency spreads 08 Nov 2016

NIAMEY Heavily armed gunmen riding motor bikes and other vehicles raided a village and killed five soldiers in Niger near the border with Mali early on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, amid signs of a growing Islamist insurgency in the region.

Gunmen kill five Niger soldiers as Mali insurgency spreads 08 Nov 2016

NIAMEY Heavily armed gunmen riding motor bikes and other vehicles raided a village and killed five soldiers in Niger near the border with Mali early on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, amid signs of a growing Islamist insurgency in the region.

Gunmen free 21 prisoners in raid on southern Mali town 07 Nov 2016

BAMAKO Gunmen attacked a bank and a prison in the southern Mali town of Banamba in the early hours of Monday, freeing 21 prisoners and looting cash, a security ministry spokesman said.