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Islamist rebel apologises for wrecking Timbuktu shrines in landmark trial


AMSTERDAM A former Islamist rebel admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict and apologised at the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court on Monday - its first case to focus on cultural destruction as a war crime.

Mali authorities release radio host after protests 19 Aug 2016

BAMAKO Mali authorities on Thursday released a prominent talk show radio host from prison after his arrest sparked protests in the capital Bamako in which one person was shot dead and others wounded.

One dead in protest in Mali capital over arrest of talk show host 17 Aug 2016

BAMAKO One person was shot dead in Mali's capital on Wednesday and others were wounded as police opened fire to disperse a protest over the arrest of a talk show host who is a critic of the government, three Malian rights groups said in a statement.

Mali aims to save $50 million by striking 13,000 'ghost' workers off payroll 14 Aug 2016

BAMAKO Mali, one of the world's poorest countries, has identified 13,000 fictitious workers on the state payroll who had cost a total of 30 billion CFA francs ($50 million/£39.4 million), according to the information minister.

Five Malian soldiers found drowned after Islamist attack 10 Aug 2016

BAMAKO Five Malian soldiers have been found drowned in central Mali, days after they went missing during clashes with militants, army officials said on Wednesday.

One U.N. peacekeeper killed, four wounded in north Mali mine attack 07 Aug 2016

BAMAKO A United Nations peacekeeper was killed and four others wounded on Sunday when their vehicle hit a mine in Mali's restive north, the U.N. mission (MINUSMA) said.


Ivory Coast jails two soldiers for 10 years for al Qaeda ties 05 Aug 2016

ABIDJAN Two soldiers in Ivory Coast have been jailed for 10 years for associating with, and failing to denounce, suspected members of an al Qaeda cell which killed 19 people at a beach resort town in March, the military prosecutor said.


Germany says French emissions report shows abnormalities at Renault, others 03 Aug 2016

BERLIN German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Wednesday he had received a French report on emissions levels of Renault and other carmakers, and that it showed abnormalities similar to those in German investigations.


Randgold's flagship Mali mine on track to beat production guidance 27 Jul 2016

BAMAKO Randgold Resources' Loulo-Gounkoto gold mining complex in Mali is currently on track to beat its 2016 production guidance, CEO Mark Bristow told reporters late on Wednesday.


Mali arrests leader of Islamist group linked to deadly attack on troops 27 Jul 2016

BAMAKO Malian forces arrested a regional leader of Islamist group Ansar Dine in central Mali on Tuesday, after it claimed an attack in the region that killed 17 soldiers, the army spokesman said.