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DR Congo unrest: Children freed from militia, says UN

<b>The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says that 82 children - some as young as eight - have been rescued from an armed group.</b><p>Monusco says the children, including 13 girls, had been forcibly recruited in the past six months by the Mai Mai Bakata Katanga militia.<p>The group is active in …

Mali's new President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sworn in

<b>Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been sworn in as Mali's new president at the Supreme Court in the capital, Bamako.</b><p>Before he took his oath of office, transitional leader Dioncounda Traore handed over power at a ceremony inside the presidential palace.<p>Mr Keita, a former prime minister, won last month's …

Mali country profile

<b>Once home to several pre-colonial empires, the landlocked, arid West African country of Mali is one of the largest on the continent. For centuries, its northern city of Timbuktu was a key regional trading post and centre of Islamic culture.</b><p>But this prominence has long since faded.<p>After independence …

Jihadist claims responsibility for attack on UN in Mali

Bamako (AFP) - A Malian jihadist close to the al-Qaeda-linked militia MUJAO on Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed nine UN …

Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com.

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UN Pledges Continued Support for Mali Peace

The U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said on Saturday at the High-level meeting on the Malian political process, that the situation in Mali is …

UN says 5 peacekeepers killed, 3 wounded in Mali blast | Reuters

DAKAR (Reuters) - The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday.<p>The attack brings the number of U.N. peacekeepers killed in the country this …

DRC: Just this once, Joseph Kabila should listen to his opposition

Congolese President Joseph Kabila may or may not have decided to fiddle with his country’s constitution, but opposition groups aren’t waiting for him …

Congo expels critical female journalist

Abuja, Nigeria, September 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Congolese authorities' decision to expel a freelance journalist …

Congo's Kabila promotes general accused of selling arms to rebels

KINSHASA, Sept 19 (Reuters) - President Joseph Kabila has named to a top army post a general accused by U.N. experts of selling weapons to rebel …

Africa

DR Congo: Ban says recommitment to peace framework critical to addressing root cause of conflict

“In recent months, there has been progress on several commitments under the Framework. The capacity of armed groups to attack civilians in eastern …

Africa

Suspected al Qaeda-linked militants decapitate Tuareg man in Mali | Reuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda-linked militants in northern Mali have decapitated a Tuareg hostage seized last week for purportedly acting as an informer for French forces in the region, a Malian security source said on Wednesday.<p>Residents of the town of Zouera, some 80 km (50 miles) north …

Mali says signed accords with China for projects worth $11 billion | Reuters

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali has signed a string of agreements with China totaling about $11 billion, most of it intended to finance two major railway projects linking the land-locked country to the coast, Mali’s presidency said.<p>Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and China's Premier Li Keqiang (R) …

DRC: Renewed Violence in Baraka, South Kivu

Renewed fighting erupted in the beginning of November in Baraka, South Kivu Province, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In Baraka, MSF is …