Tribal chief of Mali's Tuaregs dies amid stalled peace talks

DAKAR - The chief of the most powerful Tuareg tribe in northern Mali died on Thursday, signaling a change of leadership as Tuareg separatists are locked in peace talks with the government.

Threatened African nations urge western action on Libya crisis

DAKAR - African leaders on Tuesday urged western nations to act to resolve the crisis in Libya which has sent shock waves across the vast arid Sahel band and threatened to destabilize fragile regional governments.

World, Africa, Libya 16 Dec 2014

France urges African nations to take charge of their security

DAKAR - France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent.

U.N. Sahel envoy says Libya turmoil could destabilize neighbors

DAKAR - The United Nations special envoy to the Sahel region said on Monday talks to resolve a crisis in Libya had stalled and warned several countries in the region risked being destabilized unless it was resolved quickly.

World, United Nations, Libya, 15 Dec 2014

Mali freed four militants in exchange for French hostage: minister

DAKAR - Mali freed four Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda in north Africa in exchange for the release of Serge Lazarevic, a French national who was being held by the group, Mali's justice minister said on Friday.

World, Africa, 12 Dec 2014

French forces in Mali kill Islamist on U.S. wanted list

PARIS - French forces in northern Mali have killed a senior commander of the al Mourabitoun Islamist group who was wanted by the United States, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

World, Africa, 11 Dec 2014

France's last hostage returns home celebrating freedom

VILLACOUBLAY, France - France's last hostage abroad returned home on Wednesday after three years in captivity and was welcomed by President Francois Hollande who warned citizens not to travel to high-risk zones. | Video

World, France, 10 Dec 2014

Last French hostage freed by Al Qaeda's north African arm

PARIS/NIAMEY - (This story corrects location of press conference in paragraph 3 to presidency)

World, 10 Dec 2014

Mali and rebels fail to reach deal in third round of talks

BAMAKO - A third round of talks between the Malian government and mostly Tuareg rebel groups, held in Algiers, broke up on Thursday without an agreement, officials for both sides said, although mediators remained optimistic about a future deal.

World, 27 Nov 2014

Two Malian soldiers killed in landmine explosion

BAMAKO - Two soldiers died and nine were injured when a government minister's convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a colonel in the Malian army said.

World, Africa, 25 Nov 2014