Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Jul 20, 2015

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Malian masons have rebuilt eight mausoleums destroyed by Islamist militants who took over the desert city of Timbuktu in 2012, the United Nations and Malian officials said. Invading Islamist fighters considered a local Sufi veneration for the tombs as idolatrous and hacked them to ...

Jun 21, 2015

Tuareg rebel group signs peace deal with Mali government

Mali’s main coalition of Tuareg separatist rebels signed a peace agreement with the government Saturday more than a month after other armed groups did so, though critics said the deal still fails to address the impunity now rampant in the north. An Associated Press ...

May 5, 2015

Jihadis dynamite Mali mausoleum proposed as world heritage site

Jihadis have destroyed a mausoleum in central Mali that had been submitted as a U.N. World Heritage site, leaving behind a warning that they will come after all those who don’t follow their strict version of Islam, a witness said Monday. The dynamite attack ...

Mar 7, 2015

Three Europeans shot dead in Mali restaurant

Three Europeans and two Malians were shot dead on Saturday in a busy restaurant in the Malian capital in what security sources described as a terrorist attack. At least one gunman entered La Terrasse in an area of Bamako popular with expatriates shortly after ...

Jan 20, 2015

Guinea to send up to 500 U.N. peacekeepers to Mali: president

Guinean President Alpha Conde said Monday his country would send some 500 troops to join a U.N. peacekeeping mission in strife-torn Mali. In an interview with AFP in Paris, Conde said a “battalion of (450 to 500) men is ready to leave in February” ...

Jan 19, 2015

Mali government declares country Ebola-free

Mali’s health minister declared the West African nation free of Ebola on Sunday following a 42-day period without a new case of the deadly virus. Mali recorded six deaths from Ebola, which, according to World Health Organization data, has killed more than 8,400 people ...

SDF welcome to join Mali peacekeeping mission: U.N. officer

Dec 14, 2014

SDF welcome to join Mali peacekeeping mission: U.N. officer

Sophie Solomon, the United Nations officer in charge of civilian-military coordination in Mali in western Africa, says the Self-Defense Forces would be more than welcome to join the U.N. peacekeeping operation in the conflict-riven country. “There is need for a lot of infrastructure” to ...

Dec 12, 2014

French army kills 'big fish' jihadist in northern Mali

The French army said Thursday it had killed a top jihadist commander in a military operation in northern Mali, describing it as a heavy blow to Islamists operating in West Africa. French forces in the northern Gao region carried out an operation alongside Malian ...

Dec 12, 2014

French forces in Mali kill Islamist on U.S. wanted list

French forces in northern Mali have killed a senior commander of the al Mourabitoun Islamist group who was wanted by the United States, a defencs ministry spokesman said on Thursday. The United States had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the ...

Last French hostage arrives home after three years

Dec 10, 2014

Last French hostage arrives home after three years

France’s last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrived home Wednesday after three years at the hands of Islamist militants, greeted by his family and French President Francois Hollande. The beaming 51-year-old, dressed casually in a blue hooded top, was welcomed warmly by Hollande at a ...