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