Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attack on U.N. base in Mali


BAMAKO Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for Friday's deadly attack on a U.N. police base in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu, a statement monitored by the SITE Intelligence group showed on Saturday.

Al Qaeda group claims kidnapping of Australians in Burkina Faso

CAIRO The militant group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of two Australians near Burkina Faso's border with Mali on Jan. 15, according to an audio statement on Friday.

World, Africa, Australia 05 Feb 2016

U.N. police base in Mali's Timbuktu retaken from Islamist militants

BAMAKO Malian troops backed by U.N. helicopters stormed a U.N. police base in the city of Timbuktu and recaptured it from suspected Islamist militants who had seized it hours before on Friday, the United Nations said.

World, 05 Feb 2016

Four soldiers killed in two separate attacks in northern Mali

BAMAKO Four Malian soldiers were killed on Thursday, the army said, in two separate attacks in the country's desert north where an Islamist insurgency has re-erupted in recent months.

World, 28 Jan 2016

German parliament approves more soldiers for Mali, Iraq

BERLIN The German parliament approved government plans on Thursday to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, boosting its presence in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country which is beset by Islamist militant violence.

World, Africa, 28 Jan 2016

Al Qaeda group releases video of Swiss hostage: monitor

DAKAR Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of a Swiss nun who had been kidnapped in northern Mali nearly three weeks ago in the first claim of responsibility for the hostage-taking, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

World, Africa, 26 Jan 2016

Senegal interrogates 900 people in counter-terrorism operation

DAKAR Senegal said on Tuesday it had interrogated some 900 people over a three-day period as part of efforts to prevent attacks by Islamist militants following a series of strikes in the region.

World, Africa 26 Jan 2016

Witness testifies in U.S. about 2000 murder of diplomat in Niger

(This version of the story corrects fifth paragraph of Monday's story to say witness Moumouni Karimou is from Niger, not Nigeria)

U.S., World, Africa, 26 Jan 2016

Mali government, rebels urge progress on implementing peace deal

ALGIERS Mali called for the swift implementation of a peace agreement with Tuareg-led rebels during talks on Monday seen as vital for preventing a resurgence of Islamist militant attacks in the vast West African nation.

World, United Nations, Africa, 18 Jan 2016

Burkina Faso and Mali to coordinate forces after deadly attacks

OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to work together to counter the growing threat of Islamic militants in West Africa by sharing intelligence and conducting joint security patrols following two deadly and well-coordinated attacks in the region.

World, Africa, 17 Jan 2016