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 ...

May 24, 2013

Chinese troops may join U.N. Mali force

China has offered to send more than 500 soldiers to the U.N. force seeking to contain Islamist militants in Mali in what would be its biggest contribution to U.N. peacekeeping in history. The move could be a bid to overcome tensions with the West ...

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Mar 2, 2013

Top al-Qaida leader 'killed' in Mali

Al-Qaida's top commander in Mali is reportedly killed, signaling a significant blow to the Islamist insurgents battling a French-led intervention in the African country.

France drives Mali Islamists from last city

Feb 4, 2013

France drives Mali Islamists from last city

France said it carried out major airstrikes Sunday near Kidal, the last bastion of armed extremists chased from Mali’s desert north in a lightning French-led offensive, after a whirlwind visit by President Francois Hollande. An army spokesman said 30 warplanes had bombed training and ...

Timbuktu gives French-led force hero's welcome

Jan 30, 2013

Timbuktu gives French-led force hero's welcome

French-led forces received a hero’s welcome as they entered Mali’s fabled desert city of Timbuktu but not before fleeing Islamists torched a building housing priceless ancient manuscripts. Residents of the ancient city on the edge of the Sahara desert erupted in joy as French ...

Jan 23, 2013

The mess in Mali

French President Francois Hollande has sent French forces to stop an Islamic insurgency from taking over the West African nation of Mali. It is a bold step for Mr. Hollande, who faces rising discontent at home as well as fear that the intervention could ...

Jan 17, 2013

Cracks appear in political support

Cracks in France’s united front behind military action in Mali appeared Wednesday as concern grew over the expanding operation and the reluctance of other Western powers to commit troops. Opposition leader Jean-Francois Cope called the intervention “just and necessary” in a parliamentary debate that ...