Mali rebels attack city, take 30 hostages

May 19, 2014

Mali rebels attack city, take 30 hostages

Separatist Tuareg rebels launched an assault on the northern Mali city of Kidal over the weekend, killing eight soldiers, storming government buildings and taking 30 hostages in a “declaration of war” on the government, officials said Sunday. The attack was apparently prompted by a ...

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Apr 7, 2014

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Mali’s new prime minister was in talks on Sunday to appoint a government to lead the West African nation’s postwar recovery after the surprise resignation of his predecessor and the entire Cabinet. Former Planning Minister Moussa Mara, 39, was promoted to the premiership on ...

West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers

Apr 4, 2014

West Africa gears up to fight Ebola, killer fevers

Several west African countries geared up on Friday to tackle killer hemorraghic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed more than 80 lives in Guinea and is suspected of having emerged in Mali, after Liberia and Sierra Leone. The health minister in Mali, one of ...

Mar 24, 2014

Islamist group calls for Hollande assassination

A jihadist group repeated its calls for French President Francois Hollande’s assassination in revenge for the European nation’s recent interventions in Africa, terrorist monitoring group SITE said Sunday. The al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a militant Islamist web site with ties to al-Qaida, says it ...

U.N. slices food aid as funds fall $1 billion short

Feb 3, 2014

U.N. slices food aid as funds fall $1 billion short

The U.N. World Food Program said Monday it is scaling back projects in a number of countries as it confronts a $1 billion funding shortfall, with costs mounting for missions such as Syria. Its director, Ertharin Cousin, was in Australia on Monday as part ...

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

Jan 22, 2014

France to beef up military presence in restive Africa

France will broaden its military presence in Africa’s turbulent Sahel region with specialized new outposts to better fight the terrorism threat from extremist groups such as al-Qaida, the defense minister said Tuesday. Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview that France is moving toward ...

Al-Qaida, the penny-pinching multinational

Dec 31, 2013

Al-Qaida, the penny-pinching multinational

by Rukmini Callimachi

The convoy of cars bearing the black al-Qaida flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed. Mohamed Djitteye rushed to lock his till and cowered behind the counter. He was dumbfounded when ...

Dec 31, 2013

Receipts show daily details of al-Qaida branch

More than 100 receipts and invoices were retrieved from a building occupied by al-Qaida’s North African branch in Timbuktu. A large share of the receipts enumerate day-to-day grocery expenses. The al-Qaida fighters made frequent trips to the hardware store to buy everything from bags ...

China-born contestant running in Malian poll

Nov 17, 2013

China-born contestant running in Malian poll

Unassuming and affable, election candidate Astan Coulibaly would be unremarkable on the campaign trail in Mali, except that as a Chinese she has been hailed as an embodiment of racial harmony in the fractured West African nation. The 54-year-old, born Yu Hong Wei in ...

Nov 7, 2013

Al-Qaida says it killed French reporters in Mali

Al-Qaida’s branch in North Africa claimed credit Wednesday for slaying two French radio journalists who were abducted in northern Mali over the weekend, according to a statement published online. It was an admission of responsibility for a kidnapping that experts said didn’t fit the ...

At least 35 arrested in Mali over French journalists' murders

Nov 6, 2013

At least 35 arrested in Mali over French journalists' murders

At least 35 suspects have been arrested in 48 hours as the hunt intensifies for the killers of two French journalists shot dead in Mali’s rebel-infested north, sources in the west African nation said. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and ...

Mali arrests suspects in journalists' murder

Nov 4, 2013

Mali arrests suspects in journalists' murder

Around a dozen suspects have been arrested over the killing of two French journalists in Mali, a police source in the north of the country said on Monday. Radio France Internationale reporter Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and sound technician Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and ...