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ECOWAS goes the sanctions route against Guinea and Mali

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West Africa's main regional bloc imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest response yet to...

Germany worried about Mali plan for Russian mercenaries

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Germany joined France on Wednesday in expressing concern about an agreement between Mali's military rulers and a Russian security company that would bring Russian...

Deal allowing Russian mercenaries into Mali is close – sources

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A deal is close that would allow Russian mercenaries into Mali, extending Russian influence over security affairs in West Africa and triggering opposition from...

Mali’s progress toward elections insufficient, says West African bloc

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West Africa’s main regional bloc said on Tuesday it was concerned Mali’s transitional government has not made sufficient progress toward organising elections in February,...

ISS: Abductions – the hidden face of Mali’s crisis

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The problem isn’t new, but it is growing at an alarming rate and claiming new types of victims. More people have been abducted in Mali...

Mali attempts to lift US sanctions blocking import of C295

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The Malian government has asked the United States to lift restrictions preventing the arrival of a new C295 military transport aircraft. The Malian Minister of...

Mali’s former interim president and PM released from house arrest

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Mali's former interim president Bah Ndaw and prime minister Moctar Ouane have been released from house arrest by the authorities who ousted them in...

Mali’s former prime minister arrested over corruption claims

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Mali's former prime minister Boubeye Maiga was arrested on Thursday for his role in the purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of...

Death toll from Burkina Faso attack rises to 80

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The death toll from an attack on civilians and the military in northern Burkina Faso has risen to 80 people, the government said in...

Attack in central Mali kills 15 soldiers, military says

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Fifteen soldiers were killed and a number of others wounded in an ambush on a military convoy in central Mali on Thursday, the armed...

At least 51 killed in Mali village raids, district official says

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At least 51 people were killed when Islamist militants raided three villages in central Mali near the border with Niger, a district administrator said...

Armed men kill 14 in latest west Niger village attack

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Armed men on motorbikes killed 14 people in a part of western Niger where Islamist militants have repeatedly massacred civilians this year, the Interior...

Man accused of attempted assassination of Mali president dies in custody

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A man accused of attempting to stab Mali's interim President Assimi Goita last week has died in hospital while in the custody of security...

French army says it has killed two ‘terrorists’ in Mali

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The French army has killed two members of the EIGS "terrorist" group, which France says has links to Islamic State, in Mali, French armed...

French Mirage 2000 jet crashes in northern Mali, military says

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A French Mirage 2000 jet fighter crashed in northern Mali on Tuesday due to a technical problem, the French military said. The two pilots involved...

Mali leader says he was unharmed in ‘isolated action’ knife attack

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Interim Mali President Assimi Goita, a special forces colonel who orchestrated two coups in the last year, said he escaped unharmed after an assailant...

Three Chinese, two Mauritanians kidnapped from construction site in northern Mali

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Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were abducted from a construction site in northern Mali on Saturday when gunmen raided the site for equipment...

UN Security Council asked to authorise more troops for Mali mission

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the Security Council to authorise additional troops for the peacekeeping mission in Mali in response to rising...

Spanish NH90s arrive in Mali

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The Spanish Army has sent its first NH90 helicopter to Mali as part of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. Personnel from the...

ISS: Going for gold in western Mali threatens human security

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Uncontrolled artisanal gold mining in Kayes is damaging the environment and fuelling trafficking and local conflicts. Mali’s artisanal gold mining sector regularly uses chemicals and...

Mali seeks international warrant for son of ex-President Keita, legal sources...

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Malian authorities have sought an international arrest warrant for the son of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, two legal sources in Mali said on...

Mali says four soldiers killed in ambush by suspected militants

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Four soldiers were killed when their patrol was ambushed by suspected militants in central Mali on Sunday, the army said in a statement The region...

Nineteen civilians killed in western Niger, mayor says

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Armed assailants killed 19 villagers in western Niger near the border with Mali, where Islamist militants have increasingly targeted civilians this year, the mayor...

Burkina Faso opposition to hold silent protests over bloodshed

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Opposition groups will hold silent protests across Burkina Faso next month against a surge of mostly Islamist militant violence they say the government is...

ISS: Instability is decimating Mali’s cultural heritage

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Without a single prosecution, the illegal trade in artefacts is causing a catastrophic loss for the country. Mali is a country rich in heritage and...

Suicide bomber wounds French troops in central Mali

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A suicide bomber in a car attacked a French reconnaissance mission in central Mali on Monday, wounding six of the soldiers and four residents,...

Mali transitional government restores ousted Camara as defence minister

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Mali's transitional government announced on Friday it had restored Colonel Sadio Camara as defence minister, after his removal from office was one of the...

Mali coup leader Goita sworn in as interim president and appoints...

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Assimi Goita, the Malian colonel who has overthrown two presidents in the past nine months, said he would oversee a transition toward democratic elections...

Pressuring junta, France suspends joint military operations with Malian forces

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France said on Thursday it was suspending its joint military operations with local troops in Mali as part of efforts to pressure the military...

African Union suspends Mali after military coup and threatens sanctions

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The African Union has suspended Mali's membership in response to last week's military coup and threatened sanctions if a civilian-led government is not restored,...

West African bloc suspends Mali over coup, but no new sanctions

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West African regional bloc ECOWAS on Sunday suspended Mali's membership in response to last week's coup and said authorities must stick to a timetable...

ISS: A new coup derails Mali’s transition

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A cabinet reshuffle exposes the military’s stranglehold and shatters the facade of a civilian-led process. Nine months after the 18 August 2020 coup that removed...

Detained Malian leaders freed

Mali's ousted interim leaders are free after they were detained by the army and resigned, a military representative said, as another questioned the feasibility...

Top Malians resign

Mali's interim president and prime minister resigned on Wednesday, two days after they were arrested by the military, an aide to the vice president...

Another German Heron for Mali

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The German government has approved the deployment of another Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the United Nations mission in Mali, which will bring...

Military detain Mali’s president, prime minister and defence minister

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Military officers in Mali detained the president, prime minister and defence minister of the interim government on Monday, deepening political chaos just months after...

Why Mali is in turmoil again

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Mali plunged back into crisis on Monday when military officers detained the interim president, prime minister and defence minister, derailing a transition back to...

French journo kidnapped in Mali

French Foreign Affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed a French journalist who disappeared last month in Mali’s northern city Gao was probably been taken...

Spanish NH90s ready for Mali deployment

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Spain will later this year send NH90 helicopters to Mali where they will support the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. It will...

French journalist kidnapped in northern Mali appears in video

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A journalist who disappeared last month in Mali’s northern city of Gao appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing to authorities to do everything...

German government agrees to expand military mission in Mali

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The German government on Wednesday approved plans to expand the country's military training mission in Mali, a government source said. Up to 600 troops will...

Malians to vote next February

Mali will hold legislative and presidential elections on February 27 next year to restore a democratic government after last year's military coup, the transitional...

Leader of Mali’s rebel alliance CMA dies from gunshot wounds

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The leader of Mali’s Tuareg-led rebel alliance has died from gunshot wounds sustained in an attack by unidentified gunmen outside his home on Tuesday,...

ISS: Women at the heart of Boko Haram and katiba Macina

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Whether voluntary or forced, women play a central role in the operations of violent extremist groups. Women play complex and nuanced roles in violent extremism...

British Long Range Reconnaissance Group Completes Deterrence Operation in Mali

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British troops have returned from a successful month-long operation to conducting deep reconnaissance and deterring terrorist groups in Mali. The Long Range Recce Group (Mali)...

First-ever West Africa Joint Operations exercise a good step towards prosecuting...

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The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security held the first-ever West Africa Joint Operations regional exercise on 29 March 2021. The exercise was aimed at connecting...

UN says four peacekeepers killed in north Mali attack

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The United Nations mission in Mali said on Friday that four peacekeepers were killed and several others injured in an attack on its base...

France faces rising calls to investigate Mali air strike

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France faced mounting calls from rights groups on Thursday to open an investigation into an air strike by its forces in Mali that a...

ISS: How Western Mali could become a gold mine for terrorists

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A flourishing gold mining economy in Kayes offers violent extremist groups an opportunity to expand their membership and reach. On 9 April 2020, al-Qaeda-affiliated groups...

French air strike killed 19 civilians at Mali wedding party, UN...

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A French air strike in January killed 19 civilians and three armed men at a wedding in the remote desert of central Mali, United...