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  1. News - World - ALGERIA

    Clinton arrives in Algeria for Mali talks

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 05:03pm by Agence France-Presse in Algiers

    ... Agence France-Presse in Algiers US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived on Monday in Algeria to discuss with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika the crisis in neighbouring Mali, large swathes of which have been overrun by Islamists. Washington has launched a diplomatic offensive to secure Algeria’s vital backing for a military intervention in Mali, where al-Qaeda in the Islamic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1072496/clinton-arrives-algeria-mali-talks
  2. News - China - ANALYSIS

    China's growing peacekeeping commitment to UN shows shift in foreign policy

    Posted May 30th 2014, 03:57am by Minnie Chan

    ... security profile with peacekeeping missions From declining to join peacekeeping operations in the 1970s and '80s to sending combat forces for the first time to war-torn Mali this year, ... and transportation experts, police and medical staff to operations, which have so far been mostly confined to Africa. But sending combat troops to Mali, in West Africa, indicated a major shift ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1521454/chinas-growing-peacekeeping-commitment-un-shows-shift-foreign-policy
  3. News - World - MALI

    West African leaders agree to send troops to Mali's occupied north

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am by Associated Press in Lagos, Nigeria

    ... nations have agreed to send 3,300 troops to help Mali wrest back control of its northern half, which was seized by al-Qaeda-linked fighters more than six months ago, according to an official ... of West African States, or Ecowas. They were joined by military experts from the United Nations, Europe as well as ministers from Algeria, Mali's neighbour to the north which has previously ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1080983/west-african-leaders-agree-send-troops-malis-occupied-north
  4. News - World - MALI

    Mali's famous culture under threat as Islamists ban music

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

    ... all the fingers he uses to play his guitar." The gang took guitars, amplifiers, microphones and a drum kit from the house, doused them with petrol and set them ablaze. In northern Mali ... A Mali without music? No … I mean … give me another one!" And yet that is the reality dawning on this once joy-filled land. International observers claim the leaders of the three armed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1069630/malis-famous-culture-under-threat-islamists-ban-music
  5. News - China - CRIME

    Japanese politician, 70, denies charges in China after being caught with 3kg of crystal meth

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 12:40pm by Mimi Lau

    ... man, Aly Yattabare, 35, from Mali, handed Sakuragi a suitcase containing women's platform shoes, which Sakuragi was supposed to take to Japan and pass on to a third party, the indictment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1580762/japanese-politician-stands-trial-guangzhou-after-being-caught-3kg-crystal
  6. News - World - AVIATION

    'We have only seen body parts', says delegation member at the site of Air Algerie crash

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by AFP

    ... in the Gossi area, about 100 kilometres from Gao, northern Mali's main city, on Friday afternoon. "Debris was scattered over an area of 500 metres which is due to the fact that the plane hit ... Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said around 180 French and Malian forces had arrived at the crash site, as had 40 Dutch soldiers from the MINUSMA United Nations stabilisation force in Mali. The black ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559989/we-have-only-seen-body-parts-says-delegation-member-site-air-algerie
  7. News - World - AVIATION

    Families of flight MH17 victims could wait years for compensation

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 11:37pm by AP

    ... disappeared as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing; and the crash of Air Algerie flight 5017 in Mali – could be waiting years for compensation from the airlines and their insurers. Under the Montreal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581015/families-flight-mh17-victims-could-wait-years-compensation
  8. News - World - MALI

    Radical Islamists launch attack on Malian city of Gao

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:18pm by Associated Press

    ... of northern Mali’s towns from control by the extremists. Reached by telephone, Gao Mayor Sadou Diallo said the Islamic fighters launched their attack inside the Quatrieme Quartier, or Fourth District, ... invaded northern Mali a year ago. MUJAO was among the most brutal, amputating the limbs of so many accused thieves that the public place where they meted out their version of justice became known ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1198597/radical-islamists-launch-attack-malian-city-gao
  9. News - World - MALI

    France confirms death of al-Qaeda leader Abou Zeid

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:04pm by Associated Press in Paris

    ... on northern Mali. But it is far from the defining blow against a wily enemy that can go underground and regroup to renew itself. Even the fearsome Abou Zeid is replaceable. A top commander of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abou Zeid had been in the crosshairs of the French military and their African partners since they moved in to Mali in January to rout radicals seen as a threat to northwest Africa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1198588/france-confirms-death-al-qaeda-leader-abou-zeid
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:00am

    ... Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... EU instructors join Mali mission Efforts to combat Islamic extremism in Mali escalate as European Union instructors arrive in the strife-torn African state to work with local troops. A total of 23 EU nations are taking part in the 550-strong EU mission, including 200 trainers and a protection force of 150, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1204989/talking-points

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