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Mali's re-elected Keita sworn in as peacekeeeper wounded

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:08 PM

His re-election comes despite fierce criticism of failures to tackle jihadist violence and ethnic tensions that have rocked the poor Sahel state

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Counting under way after Mali's violence-marred poll

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Candidates and authorities praise the first round of voting on Sunday, July 29, relieved that the violence caused no casualties

ELECTIONS. Malians watch newspapers in a street of Bamako on July 30, 2018 a day after conutry's presidential election. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Mali votes in key election for violence-hit Sahel

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:41 PM

His record on security has been a dominant theme, with opponents, including several former ministers, accusing him of incompetence

VOTE. Malian outgoing president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018 during the first round of Malian presidential election, a key electoral test for the fragile Sahel state, battling a wave of ethnic violence and jihadism. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

32 Fulani civilians killed in Mali attack – local group

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Armed Dozo hunters, linked to the Dogon ethnic group, are suspected of ambushing the isolated village of Koumaga in the Mopti region on Saturday, killing dozens of Fulani herders, including children

Migrant 'Spiderman' who saved child praised by France's Macron

May 29, 2018 - 8:23 AM

But several aid groups accuse President Emmanuel Macron of 'political exploitation,' 'hypocrisy,' and covering up a harsh policy towards migrants

'SPIDERMAN.' French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May, 28, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Peacekeeper shot dead in northern Mali – UN

Apr 07, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Mali is one of the most dangerous UN missions, with more than 150 peacekeepers killed since 2013

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Troops killed in attack on U.S.-Niger patrol

Oct 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The attack marks the first US combat casualties in Niger, where Washington provides training and security assistance

3 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) 5 other soldiers are seriously wounded after their vehicle hit an explosive device

United Nations to vote on Mali sanctions regime

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:44 PM

The move is backed by Mali s government which earlier told the council that repeated ceasefire violations by jihadists threatened to derail a 2015 peace agreement ending years of fighting with the insurgents in the north

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

At a time when terrorism is striking everywhere in the world we cannot let the Sahel region become a new haven for terrorist organizations from the entire world French ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre tells the council

FRANCOIS DELATTRE. France's Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre arrives for a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on May 16, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:41 AM

The assault on the Kangaba Le Campement resort comes after a similar strike less than two years ago on a luxury hotel in Bamako

CAPITAL. This file photo taken on March 21, 2017 shows the N'golonina district and Niger river in the Malian capital Bamako. Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

5 Mali soldiers killed in attack on military camp

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:24 PM

UPDATED All the camp s military material was ransacked adds a local official

Al-Qaeda-linked group claims deadly UN base attack

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The Group to Support Islam and Muslims also known as Jamaat Nusrat al Islam wal Muslimeen in Arabic is a fusion of 3 Malian groups with previous Al Qaeda links formed in March

French Open player banned after attempting to kiss reporter against her will

May 31, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Maxime Hamou is banned from the Roland Garros site after grabbing a TV reporter around the neck and attempting to kiss her against her will

BANNED. "If it hadn't been live on air, I would have punched him," reporter Maly Thomas said of the unwanted advance. Screenshot from YouTube

Macron in Mali's restive north for morale-boosting visit

May 19, 2017 - 11:40 AM

President Emmanuel Macron will address French soldiers stationed in the city of Gao in Mali s deeply troubled north

IN MALI. In this file photo, then French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron looks on prior to a debate organized by the French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, between the eleven candidates for the French presidential election, on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis near Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP

Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack

Jan 28, 2017 - 12:16 PM

The attack was planned for the France Africa summit on January 13 and 14 but stringent security measures forced the suspects to delay their plans

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. In this file photo, some 30 African leaders and French President Francois Hollande gather for an Africa-France summit to discuss the jihadist threat, challenges to governance and the migrant crisis. File photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Gambian crisis takes center stage at Mali summit

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has made clear he will not stand aside until the country s Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the results of last month s polls

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and France's President Francois Hollande (C) pose with African leaders for a family picture at the start of the Africa-France summit in Bamako on January 14, 2017. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Africa, France battling same threat, Hollande says in Mali

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The terrorists who attack our land who commit acts on our soil are allied with those who are in the Levant in Iraq and Syria but here as well in the Sahel says French President Francois Hollande

'SAME FIGHT.' French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech to the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali on January 13, 2017. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Search for French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:13 PM

UPDATED Aid worker Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday December 24 France s foreign ministry says

Malian jihadist begs forgiveness for Timbuktu attacks

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi pleads guilty to destroying centuries old sites in Timbuktu

epa05506541 Suspected Islamist militant Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi appears at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, 22 August 2016, at the start of his trial on charges of involvement in the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu. Prosecutors allege that Al Mahdi was a member of an al Qaida-linked occupying force that destroyed most of Timbuktu's World Heritage-listed mausoleums in 2012. EPA/PATRICK POST / POOL

14 killed in Mali land dispute – local official

Jun 26, 2016 - 6:26 PM

A land dispute between villagers from Koussouma and Mougna has been ongoing for two years

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4 UN Mali mission staff killed in attack

Jun 01, 2016 - 9:34 PM

The last month alone sees 3 attacks on members of the mission known as MINUSMA fueling concern over its future with 65 killed in under 3 years

5 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

May 30, 2016 - 12:04 AM

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali condemns the attack as an odious act of terror

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP

Report blames deadly Air Algerie crash on pilot errors

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:06 PM

The final report on a 2014 Air Algerie airliner crash that killed 116 people says the accident was largely due to the pilots failing to activate the plane s anti icing system

AFTERMATH. A French soldier and a journalist look at debris of the Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. Photo by Sia Kambou / AFP

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

Malian jihadist accused of war crimes for Timbuktu attack

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi is the first person to face a war crimes charge for an attack on a cultural monument

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows a still from a video of Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu. The trial of a Malian jihadist charged with war crimes for ordering the 2012 destruction of 14 mausoleums of Muslim saints resumes in March 2016 at the International Criminal Court (ICC). / AFP / STR

Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Timbuktu founded in the 11th century was one of the great centers of Islamic learning in the world a center of civilization at a time when Europe was in the dark ages

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

6 UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

Feb 13, 2016 - 10:32 AM

The latest attacks highlight the vulnerability of Mali s sprawling arid north where UN troops and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who seized vast swathes of territory in 2012

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP

Al-Qaeda claims attack on UN military camp in Timbuktu

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The attack comes 3 months after a similar strike on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and one month after a raid on a top hotel in Burkina Faso

Mali hotel reopens after deadly Islamist siege

Dec 15, 2015 - 11:35 PM

Gunmen took guests and staff hostage at the 190 room Radisson Blu in Bamako on November 20 in a siege that left 20 people dead most of them foreigners

TROOPS. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015. AFP Photo / Habibou Kouyate

Three dead in rocket attack on UN base in north Mali

Nov 29, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A senior Ansar Dine Defenders of the Faith figure Hamadou Ag Khallini says the attack was in response to the violation of our lands by the enemies of Islam

The empathy divide: Are we desensitized to certain tragedies?

Nov 26, 2015 - 8:11 AM

Where do we get the license to call one country s deaths senseless and another s set of deaths typical?

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Mali and neighbors in mourning as siege hotel yields clues

Nov 23, 2015 - 2:31 PM

A Malian security source says authorities are actively pursuing at least 3 people over the attack

UNDER CONTROL. Security forces surround the Radisson Hotel during a hostage situation, Bamako, Mali November 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Obama to host ASEAN leaders next year

Nov 22, 2015 - 4:20 PM

UPDATED Obama says he invited ASEAN leaders to the US as he denies Middle East turmoil is distracting him from focusing on Asia

US President Barack Obama (L) and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (R)during the 3rd ASEAN – United States of America Summit at the Conference Hall 1 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, November 21, 2015.Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau

6 Russians killed in Mali hotel attack – foreign ministry

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED Five of the slain Russians are believed to have come from the central Ulyanovsk region

TROOPS. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20. Photo by Habibou Kouyate/AFP

Mali hunts suspects after deadly hotel siege

Nov 21, 2015 - 5:40 PM

2nd UPDATE The assault is claimed by the Al Qaeda affiliate Al Murabitoun group led by notorious one eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar

MALI HOTEL SEIGE. Members of special forces stand guard in front of the entrance of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20 after the assault of security forces. Photo by Habibou Kouyate/AFP

Obama, Xi condemn hostage siege in Mali

Nov 21, 2015 - 4:24 PM

US President Barack Obama calls the attack appalling while Chinese President Xi Jinping strongly condemns the siege in Mali

MALI ATTACK. An injured hostage is carried by security forces from the Radisson Hotel, Bamako, Mali, on November 20, 2015. Photo by EPA

Mali in mourning after at least 27 killed in hotel attack

Nov 21, 2015 - 2:50 PM

The Malian government declares a 10 day nationwide state of emergency from midnight on Friday November 20 over the assault and called three days of mourning for the victims

ASSAULT OF SECURITY FORCES. Officers evacuate bodies of victims from the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20 after the assault of security forces. Photo by Habibou Kouyate/AFP

At ASEAN, Najib hits global terror, beheading in PH

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:08 PM

The Malaysian Prime Minister mentions the bombings and shootings in Paris and Beirut the attack on a plane full of Russians in Egypt the Mali hostage taking and the murder by the Abu Sayyaf of a Malaysian hostage

'SHOCKING EVIL.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak condemns global terror attacks as he opens the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, November 21. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

UN, EU move to toughen anti-ISIS fight after Paris attacks

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Russia joins Western powers in backing the French drafted text that authorizes countries to take all necessary measures to fight ISIS and other extremist groups linked to Al Qaeda

A WEEK AFTER. A man lights candles to make a Peace for Paris sign at Republique square to mark a week since the start of the terrorist attacks, in Paris, France, November 20, 2015. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

At least 27 dead in Mali hotel attack claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate

Nov 21, 2015 - 12:15 AM

5th UPDATE The Malian government declares a 10 day nationwide state of emergency Friday evening November 20 over the assault and calls 3 days of mourning for the victims

TROOPS. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015. AFP Photo / Habibou Kouyate

US special forces rescue six Americans from Mali hotel

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:33 PM

The US troops were from Special Operations Command Forward North and they had been working with West Africa personnel says Pentagon spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza

TROOPS. Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015. AFP Photo / Habibou Kouyate

Dua orang sandera 170 tamu dan karyawan hotel di Afrika

Nov 20, 2015 - 5:58 PM

Sekitar 140 tamu dan 30 karyawan Hotel Radisson di Bamako disandera

Two people holding 170 guests, staff hostage in Mali hotel – company

Nov 20, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Hotel group: As per our information two persons have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees

Three new arrests over deadly Mali hotel siege

Aug 13, 2015 - 9:09 PM

Mali s government reports the arrest of 7 people over the raid in Sevare

'Strong suspicion' Mali hotel gunmen linked to jihadists

Aug 11, 2015 - 1:48 PM

Investigators say they found phone numbers and addresses on the bodies of the terrorists which suggested they were affiliated with the Macina Liberation Front

BURNED DOWN. A photo taken on August 8, 2015 shows a burned vehicle in front of the Hotel Byblos in the central Malian town of Sevare, after gunmen stormed the hotel on August 7. Stringer/AFP