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Mali arrests leader of Islamist group linked to deadly attack on troops

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BAMAKO Malian forces arrested a regional leader of Islamist group Ansar Dine in central Mali on Tuesday, after it claimed an attack in the region that killed 17 soldiers, the army spokesman said.

Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram

DIFFA, Niger "You'll all be able to go home soon. Boko Haram is nearly finished," Niger's Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told a crowd of refugees seated quietly on dusty, sun-baked flats.

World, Africa, Jul 25 2016

Up to 20 dead as northern Mali fighting threatens peace deal

BAMAKO Up to 20 people were killed and at least 40 others wounded, according to health workers, in two days of fighting in northern Mali between Tuareg rebels and pro-government militia threatening a shaky year-old peace deal.

World, Africa, United Nations Jul 22 2016

Up to 20 dead, around 40 wounded in northern Mali fighting

BAMAKO Up to 20 people were killed and about 40 others were wounded in the northern Mali town of Kidal during two days of fighting between Tuareg rebels and pro-government militia fighters, health workers said on Friday.

World, Africa, Jul 22 2016

Fighting erupts over northern Mali town of Kidal

BAMAKO Fighting broke out in the town of Kidal in Mali's desert north on Thursday between pro-government militia and a Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition, town residents and the United Nations said.

World, Africa, United Nations Jul 21 2016

Mali extends state of emergency by 10 days as Islamist violence surges

BAMAKO Mali extended a state of emergency for 10 days on Wednesday, the council of ministers said, after a spate of attacks by armed groups killed dozens and destabilized the vast desert country.

World, Africa, Jul 20 2016

France says three soldiers died in accident on Libya intelligence mission

PARIS/BENGHAZI, Libya Three French soldiers were killed in a helicopter accident during an intelligence-gathering mission in Libya, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday.

World, Libya, Jul 20 2016

Surge in violence hits aid delivery to millions in Mali: agencies

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A surge in violence in northern Mali and a spike in attacks on aid workers are hindering the delivery of food, water and healthcare to millions of people, aid agencies said on Wednesday.

World, United Nations, Africa, Jul 20 2016

Islamist militants kill 17 soldiers in attack on Mali army base

BAMAKO Islamist militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and wounded 35 when they attacked an army base in the center of the country, firing on troop positions, burning buildings and pillaging shops, the government said.

World, Africa Jul 19 2016

Islamist militant group Ansar Dine claims Mali attack

BAMAKO Islamist militant group Ansar Dine claimed responsibility for an attack on an army base in central Mali on Tuesday that killed at least 12 soldiers, according to a social media posting monitored by the SITE Intelligence Group.

World, Africa, Jul 19 2016