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  1. News - World - MALI

    UN-backed France sends more troops to Mali

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agencies in Bamako UN-backed France sends more troops France is planning to deploy a total of 2,500 ground troops to Mali, more than three times the number sent so far to its former ... in the campaign against Islamist groups in northern Mali than previously indicated. "There will be a gradual build-up to a figure of 2,500," a source close to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1128798/un-backed-france-sends-more-troops-mali
  2. 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
  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 - 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
  5. News - World - MALI

    Islamists flee as French troops push north

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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bamako 'Total reconquest' of Mali under way as jihadists forced to retreat further towards Algeria Islamists flee as French troops push north French troops have consolidated gains in Mali's Islamist-held north as Paris said the aim was its "total reconquest". The French advance towards the jihadist strongholds came amid reports ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1133197/islamists-flee-french-troops-push-north
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. News - World - MALI

    Mali war escalates with French intervention

    Posted Jan 12th 2013, 11:10am by Associated Press in Bamako

    ... Associated Press in Bamako With Islamist militants controlling more than half of the northwest African nation of Mali and threatening the rest of government-held territory, France launched ... intervention in Mali. A Somali intelligence official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the case with the news media, said the raid in Bulomarer killed “several” al-Shabab ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1126257/mali-war-escalates-french-intervention
  10. 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

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