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Two UN Peacekeepers Killed in Mali

The United Nations says two U.N. peacekeepers from Sri Lanka were killed when their convoy hit a land mine in the West African nation of Mali. A spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said six other Sri Lankan peacekeepers were injured in Friday’s blast, which took place in Mali’s central Mopti region,

Eight UN Peacekeepers killed in attack in Mali

At least eight United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several others wounded in an attack in northern Mali, according to the UN Mission. Sunday's attack targeted the UN peacekeepers camp in Aguelhoc, 200km north of Mali's Kidal region towards the border with Algeria, a UN official told AP news agency on condition

Six Suspected Jihadists Killed in French Airstrike in Mali

At least six suspected members of a jihadist group were killed overnight in a French airstrike in southeastern Mali, a French military spokesman said Thursday. A surveillance drone followed eight "members of an armed terrorist group" as they crossed the border on motorcycles from Niger into Mali, Colonel Patrik Steiger said. A

UN Reports ‘Alarming’ Trends in Drug Trafficking in Africa

The U.N. drugs and crime chief said Wednesday that his office is registering “new, alarming trends” in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability of country’s to govern as well as security, economic growth and public health. Yuri Fedotov told the Security Council that criminal networks

Armed men kill over 40 civilians in northern Mali

Armed men on motorbikes killed more than 40 Tuareg civilians this week in northern Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are common, an official said on Thursday. The violence compounds an already dire security situation in the desert region used by armed groups to launch attacks in Mali and neighbouring

Spread of Jihadism turns Mali into deadliest region

A mix of jihadist violence, communal conflict and suspected army abuse have rendered central Mali the country’s deadliest region as the influence of Islamist insurgents and separatist rebels in the north is spreading, according to a human-rights group. Mali’s government has been struggling to restore state authority in the north and

Mali’s keita re-elected president in landslide victory

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term after winning a landslide victory in a runoff ballot, according to official figures Thursday. The elections have been closely watched abroad, as Mali is a linchpin state in the jihadist insurgency raging in the Sahel. Keita, 73, picked up 67.17

Mali: presidential election results postponed to Thursday

Results for the runoff vote in Mali’s presidential elections have been postponed from Wednesday to Thursday for logistical reasons, a senior official said. The results had been expected to be given on Wednesday at 1730 GMT. But an aide to the minister for territorial administration Mohamed Ag Erlaf, said the results

Malians go to polls marred by security crisis

Malians vote on Sunday in a crucial election runoff that has been marred by allegations of fraud and a tense security situation. The presidential runoff is likely to see Ibrahim Boubacar Keita return to office despite criticism of his handling of the country's security crisis and allegations of election fraud. It is

Mauritanian general to take over Sahel anti-terror force

Mauritania's deputy chief of staff General Hanena Ould Sidi will take charge of the five-nation "G5 Sahel" force following a series of deadly jihadist rebel attacks, official sources said. The decision to remove Malian commander General Didier Dacko from the post was reached July 2 at a G5 meeting of Mauritania,

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