Italy wins G-7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture

World Apr 2, 2017

Italy wins G-7 backing for U.N. peacekeeping force for culture

The Group of Seven committed on Friday to pursuing the creation of a U.N. peacekeeping force to protect World Heritage sites from destruction in conflict and combating the trafficking of plundered treasures. Destroying antiquities at heritage sites like the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and ...

French-Swiss aid worker abducted in Malian city of Gao

World 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 from ...

At least 19 dead after Islamists seize hotel in Mali capital

World Nov 21, 2015

At least 19 dead after Islamists seize hotel in Mali capital

Islamist militants killed 19 people in an attack on a top hotel in the capital of Mali on Friday before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced the death toll and said seven people ...

World Aug 4, 2015

11 Malian soldiers killed when Islamists raid their Timbuktu base

Suspected Islamist militants killed 11 soldiers in an attack on a Malian army base near the desert city of Timbuktu on Monday, the government said. Residents said Islamist fighters carried out the predawn attack on Gourma Rharous base, which followed an ambush on Saturday on ...

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

World 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 pieces. ...

World / Science & Health 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 in ...