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Mali confirms arrest of key jihadist near Timbuktu

BAMAKO Malian and French troops have arrested a close associate of a preacher whose jihadist group has claimed dozens of attacks against Western and Malian targets, Mali's security minister said on Sunday.

Bodies of eight slain soldiers found in northern Mali 17 Jul 2017

BAMAKO The bodies of eight Malian soldiers killed in an ambush by suspected Islamist fighters last week have been discovered in the West African nation's desert north, a local lawmaker and army officer said on Monday.

Tuareg separatists seize north Mali town in battle 12 Jul 2017

BAMAKO Tuareg separatists have seized a town in Mali's desert north from a pro-government ethnic Tuareg militia after days of fighting, the separatists and a local legislator close to the government side said on Wednesday.

10 Mali soldiers missing after ambush by suspected Islamists 10 Jul 2017

BAMAKO About 10 Malian soldiers were missing following an ambush by suspected Islamist militants in the West African nation's desert north, the army said on Monday.


French and West African presidents launch Sahel force 02 Jul 2017

BAMAKO African powers launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel on Sunday, which French President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn despite its current budget shortfall.

Militant video purports to show westerners held in Mali 02 Jul 2017

CAIRO Islamist militants operating in Mali released a video purporting to show six western hostages, ahead of a regional security summit in the West African country attended by France's president on Sunday.


Heading to Sahel, France's Macron scrambles for exit strategy 30 Jun 2017

PARIS/DAKAR President Emmanuel Macron heads to Mali on Sunday to throw France's weight behind a new West African military force he hopes will lay the basis for an exit strategy for its own troops; but its prospects for success look slim.


Migrants disillusioned with French asylum process return to Calais 30 Jun 2017

CALAIS, France Somali teenager Abdulaziz Ahmad hunkered down in the sand dunes outside Calais, once again plotting how to reach Britain, eight months after French government bulldozers cleared a sprawling migrants' camp in the northern port town. | Video


France's Macron makes suggestions to Algeria to unblock Mali impasse 29 Jun 2017

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron contacted his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday over finding ways to restart a stalled peace process for Mali, said a source from Macron's camp.


Pope tells new cardinals: be humble, help poor, fight injustice 28 Jun 2017

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis elevated five senior clerics from outside Italy and the Vatican to the top rank of cardinal on Wednesday, urging them to be humble and not forget refugees and victims of war, terrorism and injustice.