Mali

Northern rebels say captured 19 Mali soldiers

BAMAKO - A Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition said on Saturday it was holding prisoner 19 Malian government soldiers captured in clashes a day earlier, amid growing violence in the north that threatens to derail U.N.-brokered peace efforts.

U.N. investigates reports of executions, abuses in Mali

BAMAKO - The United Nations said on Friday it was investigating reports of serious human rights abuses, including the execution of civilians, in northern Mali following clashes this week between northern Tuareg separatist rebels and pro-government militia. | Video

World, United Nations, Africa, 22 May 2015

France says killed two Islamist chiefs in Sahel region

PARIS - French special forces operating in Africa's Sahel region have killed two senior Islamist militant commanders, a defense ministry statement said on Wednesday.

World, Africa, 20 May 2015

Gunman attacks U.N. vehicles, residence in Mali capital

BAMAKO - An unidentified gunman on Wednesday shot at United Nations vehicles in Mali's capital Bamako and targeted a house where U.N. staff were staying, wounding a guard, the world body said.

World, Africa, United Nations 20 May 2015

Three government soldiers killed in Mali rebel attack -sources

BAMAKO - At least three Malian soldiers were killed on Monday in a dawn raid by rebels south of the desert town of Timbuktu, officials said, despite a partial signing of a peace deal last week.

World, United Nations, 18 May 2015

Sahara Islamist leader Belmokhtar dismisses Islamic State pledge: report

NOUAKCHOTT - Veteran Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar has rejected a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State by the co-founder of his al-Mourabitoun Islamist group, revealing a rift in one of the Sahara's most dangerous militant groups.

World, 17 May 2015

Sixty-year-old French jihadist gets eight-year jail sentence

PARIS - A sixty-year-old Frenchman was sentenced to eight years in jail by a Paris court on Friday for taking part in operations by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Northern Mali.

World, Africa, 15 May 2015

Separatists march against Mali peace deal, hours before signing

BAMAKO - Demonstrators protesting against a peace deal between Mali's government and separatists hurled stones at U.N. peacekeepers in a northern rebel stronghold on Friday, hours before it was due to be signed, witnesses said.

World, Africa, 15 May 2015

Mali rebels sign initial deal, see more work for final accord

ALGIERS - Mali's Tuareg-led rebels signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government on Thursday as a gesture of "good faith" to end decades of separatist fighting, but wanted more guarantees before signing a final accord.

World, Africa, United Nations 14 May 2015

Sahara's al-Mourabitoun pledges allegiance to Islamic State: report

BAMAKO - The Sahara-based al-Mourabitoun Islamist group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, the Mauritanian news website Alakhbar said, citing a recording it had received from a spokesman for al-Mourabitoun.

World, Africa, 14 May 2015