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Malian rebel accused of Timbuktu war crimes refuses to enter plea

Mali Islamist rebel leader accused of masterminding the “persecution” of Timbuktu residents and the destruction of the city’s holy grounds refused to enter a plea Tuesday as his lawyers argued he was not mentally fit to stand trial.Prosecutors at...

Mali authorities free detained protest leaders

Authorities in Mali have released a number of opposition leaders in a move to appease a protest movement calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, reports Radio France International.Lawyer Alifa Habib Kone said three of his clients...

UN, EU criticize Mali government for lethal force against protests

The United Nations and the European Union have condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, and urged it to release detained opposition leaders.FILE PHOTO: Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar...

UN Security Council extends peacekeeping force in Mali

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday to extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali for a year and called for a long-term and detailed plan for it to hand over security responsibilities and leave the...

Dozens of Malian troops killed or missing in jihadist attack

Dozens of Malian soldiers were either killed or missing after some jihadists ambushed their convoy in central Mali, military sources said on Monday.About a dozen vehicles came under attack on Sunday at Bouka Were, about 100 kilometres (60 miles)...

3 UN peacekeepers killed, 4 wounded in Mali attacks

The United Nations said 3 peacekeepers from Chad were killed and four others seriously injured Sunday in attacks against a U.N. convoy in northern Mali using improvised explosive devices.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attacks...

French soldier dies from jihadist attack in Mali

A soldier from France's Foreign Legion has died from wounds sustained during in an operation against jihadists in Mali, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.The death brings to 42 the number of soldiers killed from France's operation in the...

Presumed Fulani attack kills at least a dozen in central Mali region

At least twelve people have been killed in an attack on several villages in central Mali, a local official said Thursday, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn country.Gunmen on motorbikes struck several villages near the town of...

Mali holds runoff poll, despite coronavirus and jihadist threats

Mali on Sunday embarked the final round of a legislative election that aims to revive public faith in the country's embattled institutions despite a bloody jihadist conflict and looming viral pandemic.The election has been repeatedly delayed, and the first...

Chad says wont join regional operations against Boko Haram again

Chad’s army will no longer participate in military operations beyond its borders, President Idriss Deby said on Friday, a potential blow to international efforts to defeat Islamist militants in the conflict-hit Sahel and Lake Chad region.Deby spoke during a...
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Malian rebel accused of Timbuktu war crimes refuses to enter plea

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