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Gunmen kill 14 civilians in northeast Mali village

BAMAKO Gunmen shot dead 14 civilians in an attack on a village in northeastern Mali, a local official said on Monday, amid a spate of killings by rival ethnic groups and jihadist militants that threatens to derail a presidential election later this month.


French hostage's son searches for mother in West African desert 05 Jul 2018

NIAMEY Sebastian Petronin sat slumped over a laptop watching a video of his mother, in a headscarf and looking frail and tearful, the latest proof the 72-year-old is alive nearly two years after she was kidnapped by jihadists and held in the Malian desert. | Video

Mali election officials end strike, easing fears for July 29 poll 04 Jul 2018

BAMAKO Election organisers in Mali have ended a two-week strike over working conditions, a union said on Wednesday, lifting a threat to a looming vote.

Mali election organisers extend strike indefinitely weeks before vote 04 Jul 2018

BAMAKO Election workers in Mali extended a strike on Tuesday, a union representative said, casting further doubt on an election this month meant to chart a way out of six years of political unrest and jihadist violence.


Firing fake pineapples, Pernod uses 'influencers' to drive sales 03 Jul 2018

LONDON/CANNES, France This spring, Pernod Ricard's Malibu Rum paid American singer Nick Jonas to host a competition in Vietnam that began with 33 Instagram stars battling to catch fake pineapples while flying off a giant waterslide into the sea.

Al Qaeda-linked group claims attack on French troops in Mali 02 Jul 2018

DAKAR An al Qaeda-linked Islamist group in Mali has claimed responsibility for an attack on French troops in the northern town of Gao, the U.S. SITE monitoring group said on Monday.

Mali car bomb attack kills four civilians, wounds four French soldiers 01 Jul 2018

BAMAKO An attack on a military patrol in northern Mali on Sunday killed four civilians and wounded 31 others, including four French soldiers, Mali's government and the French army said.

French army says civilians killed in Mali attack, assessing wounded 01 Jul 2018

PARIS France's military said a number of civilians had been killed in an attack in the northern Malian town of Gao and that it was assessing the state of a 30-strong French patrol that came under attack.


Islamist militants attack African military base in Mali, at least six dead 30 Jun 2018

BAMAKO Islamist militants armed with rockets and explosives raided the headquarters of an African military taskforce in central Mali, leaving at least six people dead on Friday, a spokesman for the force said.

Six soldiers killed in attack on G5 force headquarters in Mali - mayor 29 Jun 2018

PARIS At least six soldiers were killed in an attack on a compound housing the headquarters of the west African regional G5 Sahel task-force in central Mali, the mayor of the town of Mopti said on Friday.