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, ...

U.N. war crimes court gets Timbuktu monuments case

Feb 28, 2016

U.N. war crimes court gets Timbuktu monuments case

Prosecutors on Tuesday will unveil charges against an alleged al-Qaida-linked Islamist accused of destroying monuments at the fabled city of Timbuktu in an unprecedented case before the world’s only permanent war crimes court. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi will be the first jihadi to appear before ...

'Timbuktu' reflects on Malian lives touched by radical Islam

Dec 30, 2015

'Timbuktu' reflects on Malian lives touched by radical Islam

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It’s common for local distributors to resort to some dubious tactics when promoting foreign films in Japan: Worthy arthouse flicks are routinely saddled with tawdry Japanese titles, or slushy trailers more befitting of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Yet there’s something particularly unfortunate about the ...