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French troops foil terrorist attack in Mali

French troops have foiled a terrorist attack in northern Mali, neutralizing a depot of 15 mortar shells, the French army said Wednesday.

Five West African states to set up Sahel anti-terror force

Five West African countries have agreed to form an anti-terrorism force to jointly fight jihadist militants in the Sahel region.

Mortar attack kills UN peacekeeper in northern Mali

 A United Nations peacekeeper was killed during a mortar attack in northern Mali, the interim chief of the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said Tuesday.

Suicide car bombing kills 60 at Malian military camp

A suicide car bombing killed 47 people at a military camp in the northern Malian city of Gao on Wednesday, government spokesman Mountaga Tall said.

Africa-France summit opens in Mali amidst strong security

French and African foreign ministers opened a summit in Mali on Friday to strengthen their cooperation on economic and security issues.

Germany to boost troops in Mali, extend anti-Islamic State mission

Germany is planning a major boost to the number of troops it deploys in the crisis-hit West African state of Mali and to extend its involvement in the international fight against the Islamic State extremist group in northern Iraq.

French woman abducted in northern Mali

A French woman, the head of a non-government organization, has been abducted in Gao, in northern Mali, the French Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

Twelve Burkinabe soldiers killed near Malian border

Twelve Burkinabe soldiers were killed in an attack on their army post near the Malian border on Friday, Burkina Faso's president Roch Kabore said.

Merkel pledges 17 million euros in aid to Niger to curb migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Monday in Niger for the second leg of a three-day Africa tour, during which she has stressed the need for more security and better living conditions on the continent to slow migration to Europe.

Merkel pledges German support for Mali's troubled north

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday pledged support for the stabilization and development of Mali, where Islamist groups are operating in the north of the country.

Merkel pushes for better investment in Africa to slow migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for better conditions for private investment in African countries in order to combat the economic causes of migration.

22 killed in attack on refugee camp in Niger

Twenty-two soldiers have been killed in an attack on a camp of Malian refugees in Niger, the government said Friday.

Islamist handed 9-year sentence for war crime of Timbuktu destruction

The International Criminal Court has sentenced a former Islamist militant leader to nine years in prison for overseeing the destruction of the World Heritage Site of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali.

Radical Islamist begs forgiveness for destroying Timbuktu monuments

A radical Islamist asked for forgiveness Monday after pleading guilty to wrecking centuries-old mausoleums in the Malian city of Timbuktu, in an unprecedented war crimes case.

Trial over destruction of Timbuktu mausoleums to be first of its kind

The destruction of several ancient mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu by rebel groups in 2012 caused worldwide outcry. Now, the suspected planner - an Islamist insurgent - will stand trial for war crimes at The Hague.

Mali arrests terrorist leader behind deadly attack on military

Malian special forces have arrested one of the leaders of Islamist terrorist group Ansar Dine, responsible for a recent attack that killed 17 soldiers, a government official said Wednesday.

UN Security Council strengthens Mali mission adding 2,500 troops

The UN Security Council authorized the deployment of 2,000 additional peacekeepers and almost 500 new police troops to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali on Wednesday in response to the country's volatile security situation.

Under the unforgiving desert sun: The battle against Mali’s Islamists

Riddled with terrorists groups, northern Mali is the United Nation’s most dangerous operation in Africa. A UN peacekeeping force is tasked with preventing attacks and identifying dangerous militant networks.

Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for attacks on UN in Mali

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Wednesday claimed responsibility for killing four United Nations staff members and injuring dozens during attacks on two UN sites in Mali.

Five UN peacekeepers killed in attack in Mali

An attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali killed five soldiers from Togo, the United Nations said Sunday.

Two French soldiers die from injuries after blast in Mali

Two French soldiers died from injuries they sustained in a blast that killed one of their colleagues during an anti-terrorism operation in Mali, the Elysee palace and Defence Ministry said Wednesday.

Five UN peacekeepers killed in Mali as militants attack UN base

At least five UN peacekeepers were killed on Friday morning when suspected Islamic militants fired rockets at a military camp.

Two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali as militants attack military camp

At least two UN peacekeepers were killed on Friday morning when suspected Islamic militants fired rockets at a military camp.