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Oil boom and terror fears fuel African defence spending spree

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African countries have hiked defence spending in the last two years in response to growing insurgency, threats to stability and economic development and the...

Party signals end to Mali’s consensus politics

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Mali's main political party signalled the end of the West African country's rare system of consensus-based politics by declaring that it would...

“Flintlock 10” military exercise for Sahel begins in Mali

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An official ceremony announced the international military exercises dubbed "Flintlock 10" to be supervised in the Malian capital city, Bamako by United...

Mali can serve as example to Africa on halting HIV

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Senior United Nations officials on a joint mission to Mali have lauded the country for its progress in expanding HIV prevention, treatment,...

Al Qaeda releases Frenchman in prisoner swap

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Al Qaeda's North African wing released French hostage Pierre Camatte, Mali's government said yesterday, in an apparent prisoner swap that has angered...

Mauritania recalls ambassador to Mali in al Qaeda row

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Mauritania has temporarily recalled its ambassador to its northwest African neighbour Mali in a row about Mali releasing a Mauritanian Islamist from...

Qaeda extends deadline for French hostage: Kouchner

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Al Qaeda's North African wing has extended a deadline for the life of a French hostage it is holding, the group poses...

Overlooked report links al-Qaeda to Latin America-Africa drugs route

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A US official is warning that Latin American narcotics rebels have teamed up with al-Qaeda elements in Saharan Africa and now pose...

Mali seeks contact with captors of Spanish hostages

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Mali believes three Spanish aid workers who went missing in Mauritania last month are being held on its territory by al Qaeda's...

Mali plans to send military experts to Somalia.

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The African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) says the government of Mali is considering sending military experts to the headquarters of...

Spanish and French hostages well: Al Qaeda web

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Al Qaeda's wing in North Africa said three Spanish hostages and a Frenchman they are holding were in good health and being...

France asks its citizens to leave Mali

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France asked its citizens to leave northern and eastern Mali immediately because of an increased militant threat after a Frenchman was kidnapped...

Mali probes wreckage of suspected Boeing 727 drugs plane

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Malian authorities have launched an investigation into whether a Boeing 727 cargo plane, thought to have been carrying a large amount of...

Niger to lift security alert in north on rebel deal

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Niger's government will lift a security alert that has been in place in the country's north for more than two years after...

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