Death toll from central Mali massacre up to 134, says UN
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The death toll from a massacre in a central Malian village rose to 134 dead, the U.N. said, as new video emerged Sunday showing victims strewn on the ground amid the burning...
EU training mission comes under attack in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The European Union training mission that is working to boost the Malian military says one of its centers has come under attack.
Suspected jihadists kill 42 in Mali’s nomadic Tuareg camps
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected jihadists on motorcycles have killed at least 42 people during a series of attacks on Tuareg nomadic camps in Mali, local leaders said Thursday.
African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May.
Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's opposition leader on Friday rejected the announcement that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the winner of a presidential runoff in this West African nation, saying he would be filing a fraud complaint to the Constitutional Court.
Soumaila Cisse held a news conference to declare that, according to results from his party, Cisse instead won the runoff with 51.75 percent of the vote to Keita's 48.25 percent.
Mali’s president wins runoff vote with more than 67 percent
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a second five-year term in the turbulent West African nation with more than 67 percent of the vote in a runoff election, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said Thursday.
Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malians voted Sunday in a runoff presidential election to determine if incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will remain in office in this sprawling West African nation threatened by rising extremist violence. He faced off against opposition leader Soumaila Cisse.
Sunday's polls had low turnout by closing amid attacks and threats of violence by Islamic extremists.
Extremist threat could deter voters in Mali’s second round
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's first round of voting last month saw electoral agents killed and voting materials destroyed by extremists linked to al-Qaida. Now on Sunday the country will go for round two.
Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita faces off against Soumaila Cisse, who also challenged him in a runoff in 2013.
Nearly 43 percent of voters made it to the polls on July 29 amid rising insecurity in the West African nation, while officials called the vote otherwise well-conducted.
Mali votes in presidential election amid insecurity
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Thousands of Malians voted in presidential elections Sunday in the capital, but others struggled in parts of the country's north where some ballot boxes were burned and in the central region where voters feared threats by extremist groups.
Polls closed Sunday and officials began counting the votes. Results are expected within the week. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent in the first round, Malians will vote in a second round on Aug. 12.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's voters have been warned: Months before Sunday's presidential election, the local branch of al-Qaida issued a statement telling people in this increasingly volatile West African nation to stay away from the polls.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based port operator DP World says it has signed a deal with Mali to build a 1,000-hectare, or 2,470-acre, large logistics hub outside of Bamako.
The global port operator, majority owned by the Dubai government in the United Arab Emirates, said on Wednesday the first phase of the project would include a $50 million container depot and container freight station.
Construction is to start in 2019 and take 18 months.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An organizer says 16 people have been injured in clashes between Mali's security forces and opposition supporters during a prohibited march ahead of elections.
Cheick Diallo says the injured include two candidates for president in the July 29 election, Igor Diarra and Aliou Diallo. This is the first such clash ahead of the West African nation's vote in which President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is running again.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general on Tuesday arrived in Mali to visit the world's deadliest U.N. peacekeeping mission and call for peace, saying the West African nation is "living in a key moment" with elections just two months away.
"This is a solidarity visit with the Malian people," Antonio Guterres said after landing in the capital, Bamako. "Our forces are working here in difficult conditions."
Al-Qaida-linked group claims deadly attack on Mali official
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked extremists are claiming responsibility for a deadly attack on the convoy of a high-ranking judicial official in central Mali.
Tuesday's attack targeted the president of Mali's High Court, who was not harmed. But the Malian army says his driver and five other soldiers who responded to the attack were killed.
Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic militants came on motorcycles toting rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing four American service members after shattering the windows of the unarmored U.S. trucks.
In this remote corner of Niger where the Americans and their local counterparts had been meeting with community leaders, residents say the men who came to kill that day had never been seen there before.
Pope gives prestigious red hats to 5 new cardinals
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave the Catholic church five new cardinals Wednesday, somberly instructing them to act as servants and not "princes" in a world where innocents are dying from wars and terrorism, slavery persists and refugee camps often are living hells.
ROME (AP) — An ailing Mali archbishop facing allegations of financial impropriety assured the Vatican on Tuesday he plans to show up at St. Peter's Basilica to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Bamako Archbishop Jean Zerbo "has confirmed his presence" at the Wednesday ceremony where Zerbo and four other churchmen will be elevated to cardinal's rank.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities in Mali say one woman is still missing three days after Islamic extremists attacked a resort area near the capital.
Police said Wednesday that the woman is a dual French-Gabonese national. Five people, including a man of French-Gabonese citizenship, already have been confirmed dead.
Authorities continue their investigation into the men blamed for Sunday's attack on the Campement Kangaba, a spot popular with foreigners.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked Islamic militant group said Monday it staged an attack the previous day on a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners, killing five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country wracked by mounting extremism.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Latest on the attack by Islamic extremists on a resort outside Mali's capital, Bamako. (all times local):
An al-Qaida-linked Islamic militant group has said it staged Sunday's attack on a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners, killing five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country wracked by mounting extremism.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese military says one of its soldiers on a European Union training mission in Mali has died in what it calls a terrorist attack.
The military says in a statement the attack occurred Sunday at the Hotel Le Campement Kangaba, in the outskirts of Bamako, the West African country's capital.
The statement Monday said the hotel was an approved rest and recreation location for soldiers on duty with the EU mission.
Gunmen attack resort in Mali’s capital, killing 2
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Jihadis attacked a hotel resort Sunday in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. More than 30 people managed to escape though at least two people were killed, authorities said.
Moussa Ag Infahi, director of the national police, told The Associated Press that three of the assailants had been killed while a fourth escaped.
A look at major extremist attacks in West Africa
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A look at major attacks in West Africa by Islamic extremists in recent years:
MARCH 2016: An assault along the beach in Ivory Coast's resort town Grand Bassam left at least 19 dead. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack, identifying the three attackers as members of al-Mourabitoun and Sahara units.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali says at least one person has been killed and nine wounded in an attack on its camp near the airport in the northern city of Timbuktu.
Spokeswoman Radhia Achouri said Wednesday that six rockets were fired at the camp. She said eight Liberians and one Swede were wounded, but the identity of the person killed was not yet known. Four of the wounded are in serious condition and are being evacuated to the capital, Bamako.
Gambia crisis central focus of France, Africa leader summit
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gambia's political crisis took center stage on Saturday at a summit in Mali, where leaders said they hope that Gambia's longtime leader will step down peacefully when the president-elect is to take office next week.
More than 30 African heads of state, and the French president, met in Bamako, Mali to discuss the fight against extremism, France's role on the continent and government challenges.
Islamic extremists attack near Mali capital, no dead
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An official in Malia says that Islamic extremists attacked a town about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of Bamako, the closest attack to the capital since March.
Amadou Sangho, spokesman for the interior security ministry, said Monday that no one was killed in the attack by assailants who entered and escaped Banamba in three vehicles Sunday.
Germany’s Merkel in Mali to strengthen development, ties
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Germany wants to strengthen its cooperation with Mali to improve development in the West African country's unstable north to help fight against extremism, assure the implementation of a peace accord and stem migration to Europe.
Mali releases radio host whose arrest caused deadly protest
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities in Mali have released a radio host whose arrest caused violent protests in the capital that killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen others.
Yelimadi Konate, a rapper and friend of the radio host, said Friday that Mohamed Youssouf Bathily had been released Thursday but that a judicial process will continue.
Violent protests in Mali’s capital kill 3, injure several
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Protests in Mali's capital against the arrest of a popular activist radio host have turned violent, leaving at least three people dead and several injured.
These are the first major protests in Bamako since a military coup in 2012.
Dozens took to the streets in Hamdallaye neighborhood Wednesday in support of radio personality Ras Bath.
Mali arrests jihadist head of group that killed 17
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Mali intelligence official says authorities have arrested a jihadist leader whose group claimed responsibility for an attack on an army base in central Mali that killed at least 17 soldiers.
Modibo Naman Traore, spokesman for Malian intelligence, said Wednesday that Mahmoud Barry, known as Cheikh Yahya, was arrested near the Wagadou forest on Tuesday. He said Yahya has since been taken to Bamako, the capital.