Two Malian soldiers killed at checkpoint in Timbuktu

BAMAKO - Two Malian soldiers were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint on the outskirts of Timbuktu, military sources said, fuelling concern at simmering violence following a breakdown in a peace accord.


Insight - Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north 31 Aug 2015

GAO - The United Nations has deployed 10,000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1 billion (£650 million) into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the reemergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

Burkina Faso says unidentified gunmen attack police post 24 Aug 2015

OUAGADOUGOU - Unidentified gunmen attacked a police post in northern Burkina Faso, a police statement said on Monday, underscoring the dangers of growing violence in Mali for neighbouring countries.

Mali separatists to suspend participation in peace talks 24 Aug 2015

BAMAKO - Separatists in northern Mali will suspend their participation in peace talks until fighting with pro-government militia stops, the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) said in a statement on Monday.


Mali separatists reject U.N. exclusion zone around northern towns 19 Aug 2015

BAMAKO - Separatists in Mali told U.N. peacekeepers on Wednesday to remove a security zone set up around northern towns to forestall further violence with pro-government militias that has undermined a peace accord.

Mali's Islamist conflict spreads as new militant group emerges 19 Aug 2015

BAMAKO/SEVARE - Imam Elhadji Sekou Ba was one of the few people in his village of Barkerou who dared to speak out against the rise of Islamist militants in central Mali, denouncing in his sermons the young men taking up arms in the name of religion.

U.N. deploys troops around northern Mali town after clashes 19 Aug 2015

BAMAKO - Mali's U.N. peacekeeping mission deployed troops around a northern separatist stronghold on Tuesday, seeking to prevent an escalation of clashes between rebels and pro-government militias that threaten to torpedo a peace deal.

Militia in northern Mali battles Tuaregs in threat to peace talks 17 Aug 2015

BAMAKO - A pro-government militia in Mali said on Monday it had killed 20 separatists in three days of fighting that the U.N. peacekeeping mission said undermined efforts to pacify the northern region of the country.

Mali pro-government militia says 20 separatists killed in fresh fighting 17 Aug 2015

BAMAKO - A pro-government militia in Mali has killed 20 separatists in three days of fighting that is undermining attempts to pacify the northern region, the secretary general of the pro-government Gatia militia, Fahad Ag Almahamoud, said on Monday.

Mali separatists trade blame with pro-government militia over clash 16 Aug 2015

BAMAKO - Separatists in Mali accused a pro-government militia on Sunday of breaching a two-month-old ceasefire, leading to a fierce exchange of fire, but the militia said the separatists were the aggressors.