Africa

South African held in Mali released by al-Qaeda

Stephen McGowan was the longest-held of a group of four foreigners taken hostage by armed group in Timbuktu in 2011.

South African held in Mali released by al-Qaeda

Politics

Malians march against planned constitution vote

Referendum to decide on extra powers for President Keita, creation of new regions and recognition for Tuareg homeland.

Malians march against constitution referendum

Africa

W African, French leaders set up 5,000-strong force

New force, meant to be operational soon, will be deployed in the region along with a 12,000-strong UN mission in Mali.

Inside Story

Will 5,000 more troops protect the Sahel?

France and five African countries to deploy 5,000 more troops to confront the threat from armed groups.

Africa

France's Macron visits Mali to boost new regional security force

The leaders of five countries in north Africa are meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Mali to discuss the deployment of a new African force to fight 'terrorism' in the Sahel region.

Africa

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

French president meets West African leaders to support new 5,000-strong force to fight armed groups in the region.

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

Africa

Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali freed after six years

Johan Gustafsson was abducted in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in November 2011 along with a South African and a Dutch.

Johan Gustafsson, Swede held by al-Qaeda in Mali, freed

Inside Story

What can be done to stop cultural genocide?

The landmark al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been destroyed in Iraq.

Africa

Deadly raid targets tourist resort in Mali's Bamako

At least two people killed and dozens of guests rescued after attack by armed men on luxury complex on city's outskirts.

Africa

Soldiers killed in attack on Mali military camp

Five soldiers killed, eight wounded in an attack in northern region, which is frequently attacked by armed fighters.

Soldiers killed in attack on Mali military camp

Africa

Three UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

More than 100 soldiers have died in recent months in Mali, making it the most deadly United Nations mission to date.

Three UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Africa

Tennis in Africa: Two sisters in Mali are dreaming big

Africa has never had a tennis grand slam singles champion. Kevin Curren was the last African finalist at a major and that was more than 30 years ago. But two young players in Mali are hoping to change that.

Africa

Emmanuel Macron visits French troops in northern Mali

Macron and his Malian counterpart discussed the fight against armed groups in the West African country.

Politics

Mali president vows to keep fighting 'terrorist groups'

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita praises the role of French troops in West African country beset by violence and ethnic strife.

Mali's Keita vows to keep fighting 'terrorist groups'

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