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  1. News - China - MALI

    Chinese troops bolster UN peacekeeping mission in Mali

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 12:37pm by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... Bamako said 245 Chinese troops would join a 150-strong contingent which has been stationed since December in Gao, the largest city in Mali’s northern desert and the target of sporadic Islamist ... but remain active, hiding out in the vast desert and committing sporadic attacks against foreign and Malian troops. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released in early January ...

  2. News - World - MALI

    Malians vote in watershed presidential run-off

    Posted Aug 11th 2013, 05:52pm by AFP

    ... in the wake of last year’s coup. Most polling stations opened on time at 8am, but several visited by AFP in Bamako were almost deserted after heavy rain fell on the capital. “The rain is trying ... is at stake.” The days leading up to the vote have been largely uneventful, with cities and towns deserted as Malians – over 90 per cent of whom are Muslim – stayed at home to celebrate the Eid festival ...

  3. News - World - MALI

    Mali's famous culture under threat as Islamists ban music

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:00am by GDN

    ... of extremism The pickup halted in Kidal, the far-flung Malian desert town that is home to members of the Grammy-winning band Tinariwen. Seven AK47-toting militiamen got out and marched to the family ... director of the Festival in the Desert, which has been taking place in and around Timbuktu and Kidal every January since 2001. "And that's what frightens me." Back in the 1990s, ...

  4. News - World - MALI

    Hollande says Mali terrorism forced back but 'not defeated yet'

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 12:15pm by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... against Islamist rebels in the country’s north. As troops worked to secure Kidal, the last bastion of radicals who occupied the vast desert north for 10 months before the French army’s surprise ... intervention has met little resistance, with many of the Islamists believed to have slipped into the desert hills around Kidal – likely taking seven French hostages with them, officials say. While ...

  5. News - World - MALI

    Looting in Timbuktu as donors pledge US$455 million for Mali

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 09:18pm by AFP

    ... for a French-led drive to rout the radicals from the north. Life in the ancient desert city freed from Islamist control on Monday started returning to normal as soldiers patrolled its dusty streets, ... out and hidden when the crisis began. Radical Islamists seized Timbuktu 10 months ago as they took control of Mali’s desert north in the chaos that followed a military coup last March. ...

  6. News - World - MALI

    French-led forces take control of key north Mali town, US to help refuel warplanes

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 10:14am by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... Mali’s vast desert north. France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the nation’s troops were also advancing on Timbuktu, another key northern town held by the insurgents. The seizure of Gao, ... near Timbuktu,” further west. A fabled caravan town on the edge of the Sahara desert, Timbuktu served as a centre of Islamic learning for centuries. “The objective is that the African ...

  7. News - World - MALI

    Islamists claim victory over Tuaregs in north Mali

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 03:14pm by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... desert north has been under the control of rebel groups since shortly after a March 22 coup. But the two other groups that have seized the region, AQIM and MUJAO are both made up mainly ... in the Kidal region it currently controls. The international community has become increasingly concerned at the actions of the Islamists groups in Mali’s massive desert north. They have imposed a harsh ...

  8. News - World - MALI

    International donor conference for war-torn Mali opens

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 03:56pm by AFP

    ... Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu from Islamists as part of an offensive against the radicals who have controlled the country’s vast desert north for 10 months. “We are all gathered here to express ...

  9. News - World - MALI

    Islamists flee as French troops push north

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... gained the upper hand in the vast desert north. "The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets [of resistance]," French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian ...

  10. News - World - MALI

    France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:39pm by Agence France-Presse in Gao

    ... pockets of resistance remain in Gao, as well as in the fabled desert city of Timbuktu. “We have defeated the jihadist groups further north in the Ifoghas (mountains). There are none ...




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