UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council is heading to Mali and Burkina Faso for a first-hand look at the challenges their governments are facing in the hotspots for extremist attacks in...
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's army says heavily armed men have attacked a camp in central Mali, killing at least 23 soldiers.
The army said Monday the attack on Sunday, which is the most deadly...
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two Malian army vehicles hit explosive devices in the central Mopti region on Tuesday, killing at least six soldiers, the army said.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A preliminary hearing has again been pushed back for two Navy SEALs and two Marines charged in the slaying of an Army Green Beret while they were stationed in west...
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Authorities say nine soldiers serving with the regional G5 Sahel force have been killed in an attack in central Mali.
The Malian army said Friday that the nine died after...
Booby-trapped corpse explodes in Mali, killing 10
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A booby-trapped corpse exploded and killed 10 people this week during a burial in central Mali, and the United Nations says the perpetrators must be condemned.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister was stranded overnight in Mali after his plane was deemed unsafe to fly, the latest in a string of embarrassing breakdowns in the government...
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.
More than 1,200 killed in Mali last year, says report
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A political party in Mali that monitors security says more than 1,200 people died in violence last year.
Tiebile Drame, head of the Parena party, released the 2018 figures Thursday adding that among the dead were 697 civilians, 85 Malian soldiers and four soldiers from international forces.
The spokesman for Mali's Minister of Internal Security, Amadou Sangho, disputed the figures, saying they were exaggerated although many had died.
Burkina Faso forces kill 146 jihadists after village attack
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in counterterror operations in the northwest near the border with Mali, the army's commander general said.
The response came after armed men attacked Kain village in Yatenga province early Monday, killing 14 people, Gen. Moise Minoungou said on national television late Monday. The operations, including air support, also targeted Bahn in the north region and Bomboro in the Boucle du Mouhoun region.
2 UN peacekeepers killed in attack in central Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Two Sri Lankan peacekeepers with the United Nations force in Mali were killed Friday after their convoy struck an explosive device in the central Mopti region, the U.N. said.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' spokesman said six Sri Lankan peacekeepers were injured in the blast near the town of Douentza.
Mali al-Qaida branch claims responsibility for attack on UN
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — SITE Intelligence Group says Mali's al-Qaida branch claimed responsibility for an attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission that killed at least 10 peacekeepers and wounded at least 25 others Sunday in northern Mali's Kidal region.
Al-Qaida-linked jihadists kill 10 UN peacekeepers in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked jihadists carried out one of the deadliest attacks on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in months, killing 10 peacekeepers and wounding at least 25 in northern Mali, the U.N. said Sunday.
All of the peacekeepers killed in the assault on their camp in Aguelhoc were from Chad, the U.N. secretary-general's spokesman said in a statement. He strongly condemned the attack, saying it may constitute a war crime.
French military says airstrikes kill 15 extremists in Mali
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The French military says it has carried out airstrikes in central Mali that killed some 15 members of an unnamed extremist group that had been preparing an attack.
A statement on Saturday says the airstrikes were carried out on Jan. 10 in coordination with the West African nation's armed forces. The statement says the extremists had been planning an attack on a "symbolic institution" in the Dialoube region.
Gunmen attack villages in central Mali, kill 20 people
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The spokesman for a Tuareg group in Mali says gunmen have attacked two villages in the country's central Menaka region near the border with Niger, killing at least 20 people.
Mohamed Ag Albachar of the Azawad self-defense group, said Wednesday that armed men attacked two villages on Tuesday, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Menaka. The attackers killed 20 civilians, including elderly people, and some security personnel also died in the attack.
Death toll in Burkina Faso community clashes rises to 46
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's government says the death toll has jumped to 46 in community clashes earlier this week amid growing fears of extremism.
Spokesman Remis Dandjinou in a statement read on national television on Friday said the new toll remains provisional while the fighting is under investigation. He called the attempt to divide the country's people "despicable."
American Kennel Club adds a breed: the speedy, sleek Azawakh
NEW YORK (AP) — A fleet-footed hound that hails from West Africa is the latest dog in the American Kennel Club's pack of recognized breeds.
The club announced Wednesday that the Azawakh (AHZ'-ah-wahk) became the 193rd breed in its roster. That means Azawakhs can now compete in many dog shows, though they're not eligible for the prominent Westminster Kennel Club show until 2020.
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Attack on Mali village kills 37 in ethnic violence
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government said that armed men attacked a central village, killing 37 civilians, in what appeared to be ethnic violence.
State television broadcast a government announcement that men dressed as Dozo hunters attacked Kouloghon village early Tuesday.
The Fulani Association head Tabital Pulaaku said those killed were from the Fulani ethnic group and included the village chief.
Burkina Faso says 10 gendarmes killed in ambush near Mali
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's security minister says 10 gendarmes have been killed in an ambush after unidentified attackers set fire to a school near the border with Mali.
Clement Sawadogo says troops who arrived to reinforce the gendarmes in Sourou province early Thursday accidentally triggered an explosive device, injuring three members of the security forces.
The West African nation has seen increasing attacks by Islamic extremists since 2015.
Canada PM Justin Trudeau on surprise visit to forces in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise holiday visit to Mali this weekend to see troops on a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
According to the prime minister's press office, while in Mali Saturday Trudeau met with members of the 250-person brigade and awarded a medal to the commander of the Canadian Air Force stationed here.
He thanked the service members for their sacrifice in serving Canada far from their families during the holiday season.
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.
UNAIDS found in ‘crisis’ after sex harassment claims
GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts looking into allegations of sexual harassment at the U.N. agency that fights AIDS say it is plagued by "defective leadership," a culture of impunity, and a toxic working environment that cannot be changed unless its top official is replaced.
In a damning new report released Friday, the four experts cited a "vacuum of accountability" and said UNAIDS leaders had failed to prevent or properly respond to allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power.
Cameroon beats Mali to qualify for Women’s World Cup
CAPE COAST, Ghana (AP) — Cameroon became the third and final African team to qualify for next year's Women's World Cup by beating Mali 4-2 on Friday in the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations.
Cameroon joins Nigeria and South Africa at the World Cup in France in June and July. Nigeria, the defending African champion, and South Africa will meet in the Cup of Nations final on Saturday.
South Africa earns first trip to Women’s World Cup
South Africa earned its first trip to the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 semifinal victory over Mali in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Accra, Ghana.
Forward Thembi Kgatlana, who also plays for the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League, scored in the 31st minute to put South Africa out in front before Lebohang Ramalepe's goal sealed it with 10 minutes left. It was Kgatlana's fifth goal of the tournament.
French says its forces kill at least 30 extremists in Mali
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France's anti-terrorism forces in Mali have killed at least 30 al-Qaida-linked extremists in central Mali, including the possible death of a chief jihadi leader, France's armed forces ministry said Friday.
The ministry said in a statement that the attack overnight Thursday into Friday combined air strikes, Reaper drones, helicopter assaults and ground engagement by French soldiers.
Mali’s central region faces unprecedented violence: Report
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali faces unprecedented violence in its central region where extremists, armed groups and the military are committing abuses as fighters linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group move in from the north, international rights groups said Wednesday.
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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.
2 Navy SEALs and 2 Marines charged in Green Beret’s death
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two U.S. Navy SEALs and two Marines have been charged in the strangulation death of an Army Green Beret while the service members were stationed in the African country of Mali last year, the Navy said on Thursday.
Charging documents describe a situation in which some of the nation's most elite military personnel — including two members of the famed SEAL Team Six — broke into a Green Beret's bedroom while he was sleeping, bound him with duct tape and put him into a choke hold.
Attacks in Mali kill 2 UN peacekeepers, wound more than 12
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The United Nations mission in Mali says armed men attacked a U.N. camp outside of Timbuktu killing at least two peacekeepers and wounding at least a dozen others.
U.N. Mali mission spokeswoman Myriam Dessables said men in heavily armed vehicles drove up to the camp in the town of Ber, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Timbuktu on Saturday. She said all the peacekeepers affected are from Burkina Faso.
Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's military said that it will recall its commander leading a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background.
Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said Saturday that it will comply with the U.N. request even though it doesn't believe Col. Kalana Amunupure is guilty of any human rights abuses in the last stages of Sri Lanka's civil war.
UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave the troubled West African nation was made "based on recently received information." He gave no details.
UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has asked the government of Sri Lanka to immediately repatriate the commander of the country's 200-person contingent in the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave was made "based on recently received information." He gave no details.
Mattis vows no cut in military support for France in Mali
PARIS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the U.S. will not reduce its support for the French-led military operations against insurgents in Mali.
"We have no intention of cutting back one bit on that support," said Mattis.
Speaking alongside Mattis at a press conference in Paris, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said the Pentagon chief reassured her that any changes in U.S. operations or forces in Africa would not affect support provided to France.
7 Mali soldiers, driver killed after vehicles hit explosives
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's defense minister says seven soldiers and a driver were killed after two military vehicles hit explosive devices.
The minister said in a statement Thursday that the vehicles hit the explosives on Wednesday between Bambaramaoude and Douentza.
Also Thursday, the minister of security and civilian protection reported that the death toll from attacks on a nomadic community that began Tuesday night had risen from 12 to 27.
Armed men kill 12 civilians in Mali near Niger border
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Tuareg leader says armed men on motorcycles have attacked a nomadic community near Mali's border with Niger, killing at least 12 civilians.
Moussa Ag Acharatoumane, secretary-general for the Tuareg self-defense group, said Wednesday the attack targeted men in the Iboghilitane community about 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Menaka.
The violence risks setting off a new cycle of intercommunal clashes in the Menaka region where 100 civilians have already been killed this year.
Children rights charity wins $1 million humanitarian prize
MILAN (AP) — An international children rights charity based in Switzerland has been awarded the 2018 Balzan Prize for humanitarian achievement.
The Balzan Foundation announced Monday that Terre des Hommes will receive 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) for a project in the African nation of Mali to save infants during childbirth and help their mothers. The foundation said the project could be replicated on a larger scale in other countries.
US puts Mali al-Qaida affiliate on terrorism blacklist
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has put al-Qaida affiliate in the west African nation of Mali on its terrorism blacklist.
The State Department said Wednesday it had added Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, or JNIM, to its list of foreign terrorist organizations. The step freezes any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars American from doing business with it or providing the group with any material support.
Mali President Keita sworn in to a second 5-year term
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been sworn in to a new five-year term in the presence of former rebels and several other personalities although the opposition continues to dispute his election win.
Keita, 73, was inaugurated Tuesday following his August 20 election victory, which was later confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
France proposes sanctions against Mali peace deal spoilers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France says it has proposed that members of armed groups in Mali who are delaying implementation of a 2015 peace agreement should be put on a U.N. sanctions blacklist.
France's deputy U.N. ambassador Anne Gueguen told the Security Council on Thursday that the time for warnings is over and France has submitted the names of individuals — whom she did not identify — to the U.N. Security Council committee set up last year to deal with Mali sanctions.
Mali constitutional court upholds election results
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term.
The court said Keita received 67 percent of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received more than 32 percent.
There was a 34 percent voter turnout, the constitutional court said, with more than 2.7 million Malians having voted despite threats by extremist groups.
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.
Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A prominent Moroccan feminist activist has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order, in what her association called an attempt to quash its campaigning for abortion access and LGBT rights.
An online campaign was launched soon after Ibtissam Lachgar's arrest Friday in Rabat, demanding her release.
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.
In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso's rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone.
And they had a message, deputy mayor Moustapha Sawadogo said: "All officials should leave the Sahel or face death."
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.
11 killed in central Mali amid suspicions over extremists
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Residents say a community militia has killed at least 11 ethnic Fulani people near a market in Mali's volatile central region.
Idrissa Bamoye Maiga, a resident in Sofara, said Friday that a number of Fulani people came to the local market to sell their cattle on Tuesday and were gunned down by members of the Dozo militia.
Other residents confirmed the attack. The violence comes days before Mali's runoff presidential election on Sunday.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's constitutional court has released the final results of the July 29 presidential election on Wednesday, confirming that the West African nation will vote in a second round on Sunday between the incumbent president and main opposition leader.
The court says President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita received 41.7 percent of the vote, while Soumaila Cisse received 17.7 percent.