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Russia, Ukraine 'Damocles sword' hangs over French military deployment

PARIS France must curb its reliance on Russian and Ukrainian firms for its military support fleet to move troops and hardware to war zones, a parliamentary report on Tuesday showed.

Tuareg rebels say to boycott Mali peace conference 25 Mar 2017

BAMAKO Mali's main Tuareg separatist factions said on Saturday they would boycott talks with the government next week on implementing a nearly 2-year-old peace accord that has been riven by quarrelling.

Frenchman kidnapped near Chad border with Sudan's Darfur 23 Mar 2017

PARIS/N'DJAMENA A Frenchman was kidnapped in Chad in a remote region near the border with Sudan's Darfur region early on Thursday, France's foreign ministry said.

Al Qaeda branch rallies jihadists to join forces after Mali merger 17 Mar 2017

KINSHASA The merger of Mali's main jihadist groups earlier this month was endorsed on Friday by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), whose leader rallied other jihadist organisations to follow suit and "achieve unity".

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Exclusive: EDF tries new fixes in effort to restart nuclear reactors 15 Mar 2017

PARIS EDF is employing new techniques in a bid to restart four nuclear reactors that have been idled for months due to a series of glitches, a top executive at the French utility said.

Mali plans new Senate chamber in shake up of constitution 11 Mar 2017

BAMAKO Mali's government proposed a bill on Friday to establish a new Senate chamber as part of a shake up of its constitution designed to reinforce democracy in the West African country, according to a government statement.

Malian government, armed groups to return authorities to north 25 Feb 2017

GAO Armed groups in northern Mali have agreed on the return of interim authorities to towns there next week, a government statement said, overcoming a stumbling block in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal.

Militants kill 15 Niger soldiers in patrol ambush 23 Feb 2017

NIAMEY Militants ambushed an army patrol in Niger on Thursday, killing 15 soldiers and wounding 19, the Defense Ministry said, occurring in an area near the border with Mali where violent Islamists have been seeking to expand their reach.

Mali soldiers, armed groups hold first joint patrol in northern town 23 Feb 2017

GAO, Mali Malian soldiers staged their first joint patrol on Thursday with rival armed groups in the town of Gao, where Islamist militants killed over 77 people last month in the deadliest such attack in the country's history.

Germany wants surveillance airships for U.N. mission in Mali 22 Feb 2017

BERLIN The German military plans to beef up security for a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali by deploying a number of tethered aerostats - small airships with threat-tracking sensors - like those used by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, a spokeswoman for the armed forces said.