An Indian mother whose daughter was allegedly raped by her French father has asked France's foreign ministry to explain why their diplomats are providing support for him but not the little girl.Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 4:09am
French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels’ last bastion secured, France said on Tuesday it will begin withdrawing troops in March.6 Feb 2013 - 5:02pm
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, Hollande told Malians it was time for Africans to take the lead but that France would not abandon them.3 Feb 2013 - 1:36pm
French President Francois Hollande bathed in the cheers and accolades of the thousands of people of this embattled Timbuktu on Saturday, making a triumphant stop six days after French forces parachuted to liberate the fabled city from the radical Islamists occupying it.3 Feb 2013 - 12:08am
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.29 Jan 2013 - 11:38am
France should follow England's example when it comes to looking after their players and not overloading the schedule, French coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.
The 45-year-old, who spent over eight years coaching in England, said the lack of time allowed for top players to develop their skills had hindered and would continue to hinder the national side.29 Jan 2013 - 4:16am
The seizure of Gao, the most populated town in Mali’s northern region, was announced by the French defence ministry and confirmed by Malian security sources on Saturday.27 Jan 2013 - 10:27am
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 abuses by government troops.25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am
Air, road and rail traffic across much of Europe suffered major disruptions yesterday as heavy snow and freezing weather gripped the continent.22 Jan 2013 - 6:49am
West African leaders yesterday urged greater global involvement in Mali as they met to speed up the deployment of regional troops to support a French-backed offensive against an Islamist onslaught.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also attended the emergency summit, held in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan.20 Jan 2013 - 4:43am
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 colony, after it secured fresh UN backing for its military action.16 Jan 2013 - 4:30am
Islamist forces seized control of a town in a fresh attack in Mali's government-held south yesterday and vowed to strike "at the heart" of France as it waged a fourth day of air raids against them.
A local government official reported the jihadists had seized Diabaly, about 400 kilometres north of the capital Bamako.15 Jan 2013 - 5:21am
French troops underestimated the strength of Islamist rebels when they launched a failed bid to free an intelligence officer held hostage in Somalia, the French defence minister said.14 Jan 2013 - 6:09am
Just as its leaders were defining a new "hands-off" strategy for Africa, France has been thrust on to the front line of one of the continent's riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali.14 Jan 2013 - 6:37am
France has ordered tightened security in public buildings and transport following action against radical Islamists both in Mali and Somalia, President Francois Hollande said on Saturday.
Hollande said France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat, including “surveillance of our public buildings and our transport network”.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am