Politics

US pledges $60 million to fight armed groups in the Sahel region

The US is pledging $60 million to support a new force to patrol the southwestern Sahara desert. The "G5 Sahel nations" - Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad - are combining forces to fight armed groups in the area.

Africa

Explosive device kills UN peacekeepers in Mali

Deadly attack takes place north of Kidal, the base of the international peacekeeping force in the West African nation.

Explosive device kills UN peacekeepers in Mali

Africa

Troops killed in ambush on joint Niger-US patrol

Five Nigerien and three US special forces killed in attack on joint patrol in southwest Niger, officials say.

Troops killed in ambush on joint Niger-US patrol

Europe

Dutch defence minister quits over Mali training deaths

Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert's defence ministry criticised for shortcomings in care for Dutch peacekeepers in Mali.

Dutch defence minister quits over Mali training deaths

Africa

Several UN peacekeepers killed in Mali explosion

Blast hits convoy travelling between towns of Anefis and Gao in northern Mali, in latest attack against MINUSMA members.

UN peacekeepers killed in Mali explosion

Africa

Several people killed in attacks on UN camps in Mali

Armed assailants killed seven people and injured seven others in an attack on UN peacekeeping headquarters in Timbuktu.

Several people killed in attacks on UN camps in Mali

Africa

Music helps unite West Africa's Taureg community

The Tuareg community in the West African country of Mali has been divided by years of conflict. Many are living in exile or as refugees.

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.