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  1. 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
  2. News - World - MALI

    French troops begin withdrawal from Timbuktu

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 11:55am by Associated Press in Timbuku

    ... Associated Press in Timbuku French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu on Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, ... a military operation in Mali on January 11 to help the Malian government restore control. Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaida had imposed severe rule in northern Mali then started pushing toward ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1145942/french-troops-begin-withdrawal-timbuktu
  3. News - World - MALI

    French, Malian troops push north as African defence chiefs meet

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 05:04pm by Agence France-Presse in Bamako

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bamako French and Malian troops pushed north towards the key Islamist strongholds in northern Mali, as west African defence chiefs gathered in Ivory Coast Saturday ... the Economic Community of West African States has pledged more than 4,500 soldiers to help Mali retake its Islamist-occupied north, their deployment has been delayed by financing and logistical ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1136661/french-malian-troops-push-north-african-defence-chiefs-meet
  4. News - World - MALI

    Looting mars liberation as French and Malian troops secure Timbuktu

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Agencies in Timbuktu, Mali Residents pillage Arab-owned shops after French-led forces take city from Islamists Joint forces move into Timbuktu Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops yesterday in Mali's fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged more than US$455 million for a French-led drive to rout the radicals from the north. Life ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1138745/looting-mars-liberation-french-and-malian-troops-secure-timbuktu
  5. News - World - MALI

    Islamists set fire to library housing ancient manuscripts

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Sevare, Mali Insurgents torch library with thousands of artefacts in 'devastating blow' to world heritage Islamists set fire to ancient manuscripts Islamist ... of sub-Saharan Africa's medieval history. "It's true. They have burned them,"Cisse said in a phone interview from Mali's capital, Bamako. "They also burned down several ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1138291/islamists-set-fire-library-housing-ancient-manuscripts
  6. News - World - ALGERIA

    Hostages die in Algerian desert rescue attempt

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... military operation in neighbouring Mali, has unfolded into one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades. An Algerian security source said 25 foreign hostages had escaped alive. ... storming the gas pumping station. The attackers have demanded an end to the French military campaign in Mali, where hundreds of French paratroopers and marines are launching a ground offensive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1130619/hostages-die-algerian-desert-rescue-attempt
  7. News - World - ALGERIA

    Algerian army frees 650 hostages, including 70 foreigners

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 02:03pm by Reuters and AFP

    ... taken the site as retaliation for French intervention against Islamists in neighbouring Mali. The crisis represents a serious escalation of unrest in North Africa, where French forces have been in Mali since last week to fight an Islamist takeover of the north, and strikes a heavy blow to Algeria’s vital oil industry, just recovering from years of civil war. Fourteen Japanese were among ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1130910/anxiety-mounts-over-deadly-hostage-raid-algeria
  8. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    European hostages safe, says al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Another was kidnapped last year in Mali, near the Mauritanian border, but Saturday's statement did not appear to refer to either of these. AQIM did confirm that one French hostage, Philippe Verdon, who was kidnapped in Hombori in northern Mali in November 2011, had been killed in March in response to the French military intervention in the north of Mali. The hostages referred ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1267360/european-hostages-safe-says-al-qaeda-islamic-maghreb
  9. News - World

    Briefs, January 5, 2013

    Posted Jan 05th 2013, 12:00am by VARIOUS

    ... reservations made by Awlaqi. AFP   Islamists renege on peace pledge in Mali NOUAKCHOTT- Armed Islamist group Ansar Dine has revoked a pledge to end hostilities in northern Mali made at peace talks in Algeria last month. The negotiations are being led by Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, West Africa's chief mediator for the crisis in Mali, where Islamists are occupying the north ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1120085/briefs-january-5-2013
  10. News - World - MALI: ANALYSIS

    From flagship democracy to Islamist battleground

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Dakar From flagship democracy to Islamist battleground In 2012 Mali went from a stable democracy to a country facing a war with jihadists occupying more than half its territory, backed by Western powers who fear the arid zone may become a new haven for terrorism. While considered one of west Africa's flagship democracies, the tinder for Mali ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1103862/flagship-democracy-islamist-battleground

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