Mediators set May 15 deadline to sign Mali peace deal

BAMAKO - International mediators in the conflict in northern Mali increased pressure on Tuareg-led separatists on Sunday to sign up to a U.N.-brokered peace deal by announcing a signing ceremony for May 15.


Islamist group claims attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Mali 18 Apr 2015

BAMAKO - A group headed by former al Qaeda fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility for a suicide raid on U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali in which at least three people were killed.

At least three killed, peacekeepers injured in Mali suicide attack - U.N. 15 Apr 2015

BAMAKO - At least three civilians were killed and nine United Nations peacekeepers seriously injured in a suicide attack on Wednesday at a U.N. base in town of Ansongo in northern Mali, a spokesman for the peacekeeping mission said.

Two Mali soldiers killed, others injured in landmine explosion 12 Apr 2015

BAMAKO - Two Malian soldiers were killed and others were wounded on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine in the centre of the West African nation, a defence ministry official said.


Mali rebels refuse to initial peace accord in current form 10 Apr 2015

BAMAKO - Mali's rebel coalition said on Friday it was not ready to give preliminary approval to a United Nations-backed peace proposal a day after the government announced that it would.


Mali says rebels to initial peace deal, prompting Tuareg denial 09 Apr 2015

BAMAKO/DAKAR - Mali announced on Thursday that northern rebels would give preliminary approval to a U.N.-brokered peace proposal next week but a northern Tuareg separatist group said it was not ready to back a deal.

France cancels $71 million of debt owed by Mali 09 Apr 2015

BAMAKO - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced on Thursday that Paris had cancelled 43 billion CFA francs (48.25 million pounds) worth of debt owed by Mali.


Freed Dutch Al Qaeda captive describes three-year desert ordeal 09 Apr 2015

AMSTERDAM - A Dutchman freed from captivity in Mali by French soldiers this week described his struggle to remain mentally and physically well during the three and a half years he spent sleeping outside in the desert as an Al Qaeda hostage.


Dutch hostage arrives in Mali capital, reunited with wife 07 Apr 2015

BAMAKO - A Dutch man freed in a French commando raid on al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in northern Mali arrived in the capital on Tuesday where he was reunited with his wife after more than three years in captivity.

French commandos free Dutch hostage from al Qaeda in Mali 06 Apr 2015

PARIS - French commandos freed a Dutch hostage from an al Qaeda-linked group in Mali on Monday, more than three years after he was taken captive while on holiday with his wife, French and Dutch officials said.