Suspected Islamist fighters in Mali kill two children, abduct 10

BAMAKO - Suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali on Saturday, capping a week of violence in the West African country's desert north, a senior Malian military official said.

In Mali's desert French troops hunt al Qaeda well by well

NORTH OF TIMBUKTU Mali - If the French army and its allies are to keep al Qaeda at bay in the desert of northern Mali they must stop them seizing the biggest prizes in the sea of white sand - the wells.

World, Africa, 21 Nov 2014

Mali, rebels start third round of peace talks

ALGIERS - Mali began a third round of peace negotiations with mostly Tuareg rebel groups in Algiers on Thursday aimed at ending decades of uprisings in the north, with the government calling for a swift conclusion of a deal.

World, Africa, 20 Nov 2014

Niger sends helicopters to Mali border after militant attack

NIAMEY - Niger sent army helicopters to its western border with Mali on Wednesday to repel unidentified militants who crossed over to attack the town of Bani-Bangou, residents and military sources said.

World, Africa, 19 Nov 2014

French, Dutch hostages held by Qaeda appeal in video

PARIS - Al Qaeda's north African arm, AQIM, has issued a video of a French national and a Dutch national they are holding hostage in which the two men urge their respective governments to negotiate for their release.

World, Africa, 17 Nov 2014

Airbus profits rise but A400M problems resurface

PARIS - Airbus Group posted stronger-than-expected nine-month earnings on Friday, muted by a resurgence of potentially costly delays for Europe's A400M troop carrier.

Aerospace & Defense, 14 Nov 2014

Mali quarantines dozens as second Ebola outbreak spreads in country

BAMAKO - More than 90 people including U.N. peacekeepers were quarantined across Mali's capital on Wednesday after a 25-year-old nurse died of Ebola having treated a Guinea man who succumbed with Ebola-like symptoms that were not recognized. | Video

Health, Africa, 12 Nov 2014

About 20 injured UN troops in quarantined Mali Ebola clinic

BAMAKO - The private clinic in Mali that was quarantined on Tuesday after a nurse who worked there died of Ebola is treating about 20 U.N. peacekeepers for injuries sustained while serving in the north of the country, the U.N. mission said on Wednesday.

Health, Africa, 12 Nov 2014

Chad's Deby plays for high stakes in Boko Haram talks

N'DJAMENA - Chad's President Idriss Deby, a wily survivor of rebellions, is looking to bolster his powerbroker role in the Sahel and his nation's own security by backing peace talks between neighbor Nigeria's government and Islamist Boko Haram insurgents.

Africa, World 03 Nov 2014

WHO says currently no Ebola cases in Mali, 39 contacts sought

GENEVA - Thirty-nine people who traveled on buses with a toddler who died from Ebola in Mali are still being sought for checks, although the country is believed to be free of the disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Health, Africa, 03 Nov 2014