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China to send more than 500 troops to Mali to contain Islamist militants

China has offered to send more than 500 soldiers to the UN force seeking to contain Islamist militants in Mali in what would be its biggest contribution to UN peacekeeping, diplomats said in New York.

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 8:58am

France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists

A French force of 1,000 soldiers in a major offensive has swept a valley thought to be a logistics base for Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists near the Malian city of Gao.

9 Apr 2013 - 12:58pm

Talking points

EU instructors join Mali mission

2 Apr 2013 - 3:43am

French leader vows to restore Mali sovereignty soon

Mali’s sovereignty over almost all of its territory will be restored within “a few days”, French President Francois Hollande promised as French troops prepare to pull out.

The announcement came as Paris scrambled Wednesday to verify a claim by Al-Qaeda’s north African branch that it had executed a French hostage in retaliation for France’s military intervention in Mali.

21 Mar 2013 - 3:30pm

'Uncatchable' terror leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar reportedly killed in Mali

The death of one of the world's most wanted jihadists would be a major blow to al-Qaeda in the region and to Islamist rebels already forced to flee towns they had seized in northern Mali by an offensive by French and African troops.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

French in tough fight in northern Mali

France’s defence minister says French troops are involved in “very violent fighting” in the mountains of northern Mali, and that it’s too early to talk about a quick pullout from the West African country despite the growing cost of the intervention.

26 Feb 2013 - 6:18pm

Macabre exhibit at Gao city hall of defeated Islamist fighters body parts

Mobile phones in hand, they wanted to record the defeat of the militants who attacked the city before rigging themselves with explosives and holing themselves up in the town hall. They died in a hail of Malian army gunfire.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:17am

New violence breaks out in Mali

Fresh fighting erupted yesterday in northern Mali between ethnic Tuareg and an unidentified armed group, security sources said, the latest violence in the wake of a French-led campaign that drove radical Islamist fighters from major cities.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:25am

More Islamist attacks feared in Mali

Russia revealed on Wednesday it was supplying guns to Mali’s government, as French troops defused a massive bomb in the north of the country, the latest bid by Islamist rebels to strike back.

14 Feb 2013 - 3:04pm

France bombs Islamist hideout as Mali insurgency deepens

France has bombed an Islamist rebel hideout in northern Mali’s largest city, intensifying a security lock-down against guerilla attacks as the French-led campaign entered its second month.

Witnesses said a French attack helicopter destroyed the central police station in Gao in a pre-dawn assault on Monday.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:09pm