Africa

Deadly suicide blast sets back Mali peace efforts

Dozens dead in car-bomb attack at camp housing government soldiers and rival armed groups in northern city of Gao.

War & Conflict

French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

No claims of responsibility of the abduction of a female employee who worked with a children's NGO.

Mali

Mali holds long-delayed polls amid security fears

One candidate is kidnapped and ballot boxes torched in elections two years overdue and denounced by the opposition.

Special series

Shadow War in the Sahara

'War on terror' or competition for natural resources? A look at the US and French military presence in Africa.

Niger

American aid worker abducted in Niger

Hostage driven off towards Mali by armed men who raided his house near the capital Niamey and killed his two guards.

Niger

Attack on Niger refugee camp kills 22 soldiers

Prime Minister says death toll expected to rise after unknown assailants attack camp for refugees who fled Mali unrest.

War & Conflict

Mali fighter jailed for nine years for Timbuktu attacks

Former rebel Ahmad al-Mahdi, first to be convicted of cultural destruction as war crime, gets nine years in prison.

War & Conflict

Mali regains control of central town from armed group

Unidentified gunmen kidnap a local official and leave Boni town they briefly held.

Mali

'I seek the pardon of all the people of Timbuktu'

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi pleads guilty to charges of destroying ancient cultural artefacts in Timbuktu.

Mali

Mali extends state of emergency

After a series of deadly attacks, Mali politicians agree to extend the country's state of emergency by eight months.

Africa

On the road with Niger's peacekeepers in Mali

Along a route littered with dangers, Niger's peacekeepers visit Tuareg villages and remember lost colleagues.

Mali

Mali: Up to 20 dead as fighting threatens peace deal

Pro-government militia and Tuareg rebels clash in northern town of Kidal, raising fears for a fraying peace agreement.

Mali

Peace deal under threat as fighting erupts in Mali

Pro-government militia and Tuareg rebels clash in northern town of Kidal, raising fears for a fraying peace agreement.

Mali

Armed groups kill 17 soldiers at Mali base

Another 35 troops were wounded in what the government says was a "coordinated terrorist attack".

War & Conflict

Two Dutch UN troops killed in Mali training accident

"Accidental explosion of a shell" caused the deaths of two peacekeepers during a training exercise in Kidal.