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French National Front leader Le Pen says her father should no longer speak for the party

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PARIS - Marine Le Pen said on Sunday she no longer wanted her father to speak on behalf of the French far-right National Front party that he founded and she leads, a day before he may be sanctioned by the party for his comments about World War Two.

Separatist rebels attack army in northern Malian town

BAMAKO - Tuareg separatist rebels attacked Malian army positions in the northern town of Dire on Saturday, as rising violence threatened to derail a U.N.-backed peace deal due to be signed this month.

World, United Nations, 02 May 2015

France's Hollande vows no mercy to soldiers if African child abuse proven

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS - President Francois Hollande vowed on Thursday to make an example of any French troops found guilty of child sex abuse in Central African Republic as an internal U.N. report suggested that French, Chadian and Equatorial Guinea troops were implicated.

World, Africa, United Nations 30 Apr 2015

Nine soldiers killed in rebel attack in Mali: defense ministry

BAMAKO - Nine Malian soldiers were killed in an attack by Tuareg separatist rebels on a town near the border with Mauritania, the defense ministry said on Thursday, further clouding prospects for a U.N.-brokered peace deal.

World, United Nations, Africa, 30 Apr 2015

Five soldiers killed in rebel attack in Mali: source

BAMAKO - At least five Malian soldiers were killed in an attack by Tuareg separatist rebels in a town near the border with Mauritania, a Malian military source said on Thursday, further clouding prospects for a U.N.-brokered peace deal.

World, United Nations, Africa, 30 Apr 2015

Some French soldiers in CAR abuse probe identified: source

PARIS - French authorities have identified some of their troops accused of sexually abusing children in Central African Republic while there on peacekeeping duties, a French judicial source said on Thursday.

World, Africa, 30 Apr 2015

'Guerrilla gardening' takes root in hunger-hit Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On the green banks of the Niger River in downtown Bamako alongside heavily guarded foreign hotels, a group of urban farmers busily weed and water vegetables on some of Mali's prime real-estate.

World, Africa, 29 Apr 2015

Three killed in attack in Mali after rebels vow action

BAMAKO - Two soldiers and a civilian were killed on Wednesday when gunmen attacked the village of Goundam in northern Mali, an army spokesman and local residents said, amid rising tensions after two days of clashes between pro- and anti-government militia.

World, United Nations, Africa, 29 Apr 2015

Mali peacemaking in danger after rebel attack near Timbuktu: U.N.

BAMAKO - Tuareg rebels shot at peacekeepers outside the city of Timbuktu in northern Mali on Tuesday in an attack that endangers the United Nations-brokered peace process, the U.N. mission in the West African country said.

World, United Nations, Africa, 28 Apr 2015

Mali pro-gov't militias seize northern town amid clashes

BAMAKO/DAKAR - Pro-government armed groups in Mali seized the northern town of Menaka from Tuareg separatists on Monday during fierce fighting, a spokesman for the group and a resident said.

World, Africa, United Nations 27 Apr 2015