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Mali government says it has thwarted countercoup attempt

May. 16, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Malian government headed by a two-time coup leader announced late Monday that security forces had thwarted a countercoup attempt that it said was supported by an unnamed Western government. The announcement was the latest turmoil to unfold in Mali, where...

Mexicans recreate 1862 Cinco de Mayo victory over French

May. 05, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents in Mexico City marched, danced and fired blanks from muskets Thursday to mark the 160th anniversary of the 1862 victory over French troops in the nearby city of Puebla. Known as the Battle of Puebla, the victory gave rise to the Cinco de Mayo, a holiday...

France's victorious Macron boosts weapons, stakes in Ukraine

Apr. 26, 2022 02:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — When Vladimir Putin congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his re-election as France's president and wished him “success in your activities,” the Russian leader probably was being more polite than sincere. As he embarks on a second term, with the intention of keeping...

At Gallipoli battlefields, travelers remember fallen Anzacs

Apr. 25, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

CANAKKALE, Turkey (AP) — Travelers from Australia and New Zealand joined Turkish and other nations’ dignitaries at the former World War I battlefields at Gallipoli for a solemn service at dawn Monday to remember troops killed during an unsuccessful British-led campaign that aimed to take the...

Remains of 17 French WWI soldiers buried at Gallipoli

Apr. 24, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

CANAKKALE, Turkey (AP) — The remains of 17 missing French soldiers who fought in the World War I Battle of Gallipoli were on Sunday handed over to French military officials and put to rest alongside other fallen comrades more than a century after their deaths. The remains were...

French accuse Russian mercenaries of staging burials in Mali

Apr. 22, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The French military has released videos appearing to show Russian mercenaries burying bodies near an army base in northern Mali, which it says is part of a smear campaign against the French who handed the base to Malian forces earlier this week. ...

French forces kill long-time extremist in Mali amid pullout

Mar. 07, 2022 13:42 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French forces in Mali have killed a long-time al-Qaida official active in Algeria and Libya, French military authorities said Monday. France's army chief of staff said in a statement that Algerian Yahia Djouadi, who went by the name Abou Ammar al Jazairi, was killed...

Malian army reports 27 soldiers dead in attack on camp

Mar. 04, 2022 16:42 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic extremists attacked a military camp in central Mali on Friday, killing at least 27 soldiers and seriously wounding nearly two dozen others in the deadliest attack this year, the state broadcaster said. ORTM reported that the assault happened near the...