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  1. Sport - Soccer - AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

    Mali sends South Africa crashing in quarter-final shootout

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 01:36pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press Mali again showed incredible resilience to come from behind and knock the host team out of the Africa Cup of Nations in a penalty shootout for the second straight year, ... from last year when they surged past co-host Gabon and another partisan home crowd to make the last four. Inspirational Mali captain Seydou Keita equalised in regular time after Tokelo Rantie ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1142441/mali-sends-south-africa-crashing-quarter-final-shootout
  2. News - World - MALI

    Suicide bomber hits north Mali, troops clash in capital

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 09:32pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Gao A suicide bomber blew himself up in northern Mali on Friday as a dramatic turn towards guerrilla tactics by Islamists and an outbreak of fighting among soldiers in the capital show the war is far from won for the embattled nation. In Mali’s first ever suicide bombing, an attacker drove up to a group of Malian troops in Gao, the largest town in the north, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1146264/suicide-bomber-hits-north-mali-troops-clash-capital
  3. News - World - MALI

    France bombs Islamist targets in Mali after Hollande visit

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 02:09am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Timbuktu France said it carried out major air strikes on Sunday near Kidal, the last bastion of armed extremists chased from Mali’s desert north in a lightning ... occupied northern Mali for 10 months. Ecstatic crowds greeted Hollande, who called the trip the “most important day of my political life”, in the capital Bamako and the fabled city of Timbuktu, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1142869/france-bombs-islamist-targets-mali-after-hollande-visit
  4. News - World - AFRICAN UNION

    Mali crisis to dominate AU summit

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 05:25pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Addis Ababa Efforts to end conflict across Africa, especially in Mali, dominated the African Union summit opening on Sunday, with the 54-member bloc’s chief saying ... Meles Zenawi and Ghanaian President John Atta Mills, who died last year. The meeting is expected to focus on the war against Islamist militants in northern Mali, including the scaling-up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1137189/mali-crisis-dominate-au-summit
  5. News - World - BRITAIN

    Britain mulls sending hundreds of troops to Mali

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 11:28am by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London Britain is considering sending about 200 non-combat troops to help the military operation against Islamist militants in Mali, with a decision expected within days, media reports said Tuesday. This would likely include a small number deployed to Mali itself, as part of an EU training mission. A larger number would help train West African forces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1138469/britain-mulls-sending-hundreds-troops-mali
  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, the most populated town in Mali’s northern region, which is roughly the size of Texas, was announced by the French defence ministry and confirmed by Malian security sources. France said troops from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1137044/french-led-forces-take-control-key-north-mali-town-us-help-refuel
  7. News - World - MALI

    French president visits Mali to cheers of support

    Posted Feb 02nd 2013, 07:25pm by Associated Press in Timbuktu

    ... week, the retreating Islamic extremists set fire to a portion of the collection at the Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Learning and Islamic Research. It was their final blow, not just to Mali ... France’s long-term intentions. Mali’s military has proved to be no match for the better-armed Islamic extremists, who seized a territory equal in size to France last year, after the army simply ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1141988/french-president-visits-mali-cheers-support
  8. News - World - MALI

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

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Timbuktu Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops on Tuesday in Mali’s fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged over US$455 million ... people pillage. But it is true that weapons were found in some shops,” an officer said on condition of anonymity. International donors pledge $455 million for Mali African leaders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1138777/looting-timbuktu-donors-pledge-us455-million-mali
  9. News - World - AFRICA

    Breakaway group 'rejects terrorism' and is ready to end Mali conflict

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bamako Calls for investigation into reports of civilian executions and women being sexually abused Breakaway group ready to end Mali conflict One of the main Islamist groups occupying northern Mali split yesterday, with the breakaway faction saying it was ready for talks to end a two-week-old French-led offensive, amid growing concerns over rights ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1135540/breakaway-group-rejects-terrorism-and-ready-end-mali-conflict
  10. News - World - FRANCE

    France tightens security after Mali, Somalia action

    Posted Jan 13th 2013, 02:34pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris France has ordered tightened security in public buildings and transport following action against radical Islamists both in Mali and Somalia, President ... to free an intelligence agent which killed at least 19 people including two French soldiers, and also the deployment of French air power to help the army in Mali stop Islamist rebels from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1127048/france-tightens-security-after-mali-somalia-action

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