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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...

Jihadists on motorbikes kill 32 in Mali village

At least 32 civilians were killed in central Mali when unidentified armed men on motorbikes attacked ethnic Dogon farming villages on Wednesday, local authorities said.The attackers targeted four villages in Mopti region, which has seen dozens of tit-for-tat ethnic...

Mali opposition propose reform to curb president’s powers

Opponents of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Wednesday sought an end to political crisis rocking the country, by proposing reforms to neuter his authority and hand executive power to a prime minister, abandoning a demand for his resignation.Mali...

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)...

France launches coalition to fight jihadi violence in the Sahel

France launched a coalition of West African and European allies on Friday to fight jihadi militants in the Sahel region, hoping more political cooperation and special forces troops would boost a military effort that has so far failed to...

Malian migrants hampered by Covid-19 border closures back home

Scores of Malians seeking to reach Europe through the desert, who had been stranded for nearly 3 months in Niger by COVID-19-related border closures have returned home.Earlier this week, the International Organization for Migration was finally able to repatriate...

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...
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