Three Mali Islamic extremist groups unite under al-Qaida: SITE

Mar 3, 2017

Three Mali Islamic extremist groups unite under al-Qaida: SITE

Three Islamic extremist factions in Mali announced that they have merged into one group and pledged allegiance to al-Qaida’s leader, according to a group that monitors jihadist websites. Leaders from Ansar Dine, al-Mourabitoun and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb made the official declaration in ...

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

Dec 26, 2016

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

A French-Swiss aid worker has been kidnapped in the city of Gao in northern Mali, and French and Malian authorities are working together to rescue her, the French foreign ministry said on Sunday. Sophie Petronin, who runs a nongovernmental organization that helps children suffering ...

Nov 25, 2016

Kidnapped Australian doctor becomes Burkina Faso citizen

An Australian surgeon kidnapped by jihadis nearly two years ago whose whereabouts remain unknown has been declared a citizen of the West African nation, an official decree announced Wednesday. “Arthur Kenneth Elliott, born 11 November 1934 in Perth, in Australia … a surgeon” has ...

UNESCO raises alarm over Malian earthen town, Uzbek monuments

Jul 14, 2016

UNESCO raises alarm over Malian earthen town, Uzbek monuments

The U.N.’s cultural agency on Wednesday added Mali’s legendary earthen buildings to its heritage-in-danger list, saying a lack of security was preventing conservation of the site, and also expressed concern over the impact that tourism is having on monuments in Uzbekistan. Mali’s old towns ...

Apr 22, 2016

Mali arrests alleged planner of deadly November hotel assault

Mali’s intelligence service says it has arrested a Mauritanian man behind a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in the capital, Bamako, last November. The General Directorate of State Security said in a statement late Thursday that the man, identified as Fawaz Ould Ahmeida, ...