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Up to 20 dead as northern Mali fighting threatens peace deal


BAMAKO Up to 20 people were killed and at least 40 others wounded, according to health workers, in two days of fighting in northern Mali between Tuareg rebels and pro-government militia threatening a shaky year-old peace deal.

Up to 20 dead, around 40 wounded in northern Mali fighting 22 Jul 2016

BAMAKO Up to 20 people were killed and about 40 others were wounded in the northern Mali town of Kidal during two days of fighting between Tuareg rebels and pro-government militia fighters, health workers said on Friday.

Fighting erupts over northern Mali town of Kidal 22 Jul 2016

BAMAKO Fighting broke out in the town of Kidal in Mali's desert north on Thursday between pro-government militia and a Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition, town residents and the United Nations said.

Mali extends state of emergency by 10 days as Islamist violence surges 21 Jul 2016

BAMAKO Mali extended a state of emergency for 10 days on Wednesday, the council of ministers said, after a spate of attacks by armed groups killed dozens and destabilised the vast desert country.


France says three soldiers died in accident on Libya intelligence mission 20 Jul 2016

PARIS/BENGHAZI, Libya Three French soldiers were killed in a helicopter accident during an intelligence-gathering mission in Libya, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

Islamist militants kill 17 soldiers in attack on Mali army base 20 Jul 2016

BAMAKO Islamist militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and wounded 35 when they attacked an army base in the centre of the country, firing on troop positions, burning buildings and pillaging shops, the government said.

Militant attack on Mali army base kills at least 12 soldiers - officials 19 Jul 2016

BAMAKO At least 12 soldiers died in an attack on Tuesday on an army base in central Mali, a deputy mayor and a security source told Reuters.

Peul ethnic militia claims attack on Mali army base 19 Jul 2016

BAMAKO A militia defending the Peul ethnic group claimed an attack on an army base and town in central Mali on Tuesday that enabled gunmen to briefly seize control of the base.

Mali's peace pact under strain, deepening jihadi threat 15 Jul 2016

GAO Violent protests that were met with deadly force in Mali this week are the latest sign a peace pact between rival ethnic groups risks unravelling, threatening to plunge the nation back into the chaos that made it a launchpad for jihadi attacks.

Ivory Coast arrests two soldiers for suspected links to al Qaeda 14 Jul 2016

ABIDJAN Two soldiers have been arrested in Ivory Coast accused of failing to denounce suspected members of an al Qaeda cell that killed 19 people in a March attack on a beach resort town, military officials said on Thursday.