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Kidnaps, airstrip attack hit aid operations in northern Mali, agencies say | Reuters

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The kidnapping of three Red Cross staff and damage to an airstrip by violent protesters in northern Mali have hindered humanitarian operations in a region which has been slowly stabilising, aid agencies said on Thursday.<p>The arid region is the focus of a …

French soldier killed by landmine in northern Mali

<b>A French soldier has died during a military operation in northern Mali, the French presidency says.</b><p>The man was killed by a landmine while travelling in an armoured vehicle, the Elysee Palace says (in French).<p>The defence ministry said a convoy of vehicles was heading north from Gao to the town of …

Two French soldiers die in Mali after vehicle hits mine | News Home | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Two French soldiers have died in Mali after their heavy armored vehicle hit a land mine, taking the number of people killed in the incident to three, French President Francois Hollande’s office said on Wednesday.<p>One soldier was announced dead on Tuesday after the vehicle struck an …

Mali captures militant Islamist leader on Mauritanian border | Reuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Authorities in Mali have arrested a man considered to be one of the main Islamist insurgent leaders operating in the south of the country, a hub for the expansion of militancy in West Africa, defense and intelligence sources said on Thursday.<p>The intelligence services had …

Mali Situation UNHCR Regional Update, December 2015 – February 2016

Security incidents and inter-communal clashes in Mali continue to trigger population displacement in the region, leading to a slight increase in the …

UN 'alarm' at spreading Mali insecurity: report

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Insecurity is spreading in Mali, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned, expressing alarm at the myriad …

Mali arrests 21 after attack on EU military training mission | Reuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Authorities in Mali have arrested 21 people in connection with an attack on the headquarters of an EU military training operation there, a senior police official said on Wednesday.<p>Malian security officials evacuate people near the site of an attack on a hotel in Bamako that had …

Gunmen attack EU mission in Mali capital; 1 attacker dead

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen launched an attack Monday evening on the European Union military training mission's headquarters in the Malian capital, …

Al Qaeda, seeking to reassert itself, sets sights on West Africa and foreign visitors

Al Qaedaand its allies have a new strategy for spreading fear in West Africa.<p>Once focused on taking hostages for ransom and striking military targets in the desert, the terrorist network has been sending small groups of nimble gunmen to attack hotels, resorts and other soft targets where Westerners …

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Debate over 'zero-tolerance' policy intensifies<p>Kim Jong-un makes state visit to China<p>Crisis at the border<p>US, South Korea suspend joint military …

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Chadian UN peacekeeper in Mali held for killing own commander

<b>The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali has launched an inquiry after a Chadian soldier opened fire inside a UN base, killing his own commander and a doctor in the unit.</b><p>The suspect, who was reportedly unhappy with working conditions, was arrested after Thursday's killings at the base in the northern …

Germany to send 650 troops to help fight jihadists in Mali

The German President Joachim Gauck is in Mali.<p>Among the issues discussed is security, to combat the jihadist threats in Mali, Germany has decided to …

Suspected militants kill 3 in mortar attack on U.N. base in Mali

By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra<p>BAMAKO (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants attacked a U.N. base in the northern Mali town of Kidal with …

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attack on U.N. base in Mali | News Home | Reuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for Friday’s deadly attack on a U.N. police base in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu, a statement monitored by the SITE Intelligence group showed on Saturday.<p>Malian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint at the entrance …