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Top US diplomat warns Russian group not to interfere in Mali

Nov. 20, 2021 12:51 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday warned a shadowy Russian company with connections to the Kremlin not to interfere in efforts aimed at restoring democracy in the West African nation of Mali. As he wrapped up a weeklong,...

EU eyes sanctions in Mali, and against Russian mercenaries

Nov. 15, 2021 13:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is planning to take action against anyone delaying Mali’s political transition and is drawing up a list of sanctions to impose on Russian mercenaries that Mali's government hired to fight extremists, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday. ...

Mali's Timbuktu fears jihadis as France reduces troops

Oct. 14, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — It’s been nine years since Islamic extremists in northern Mali arrested Zahra Abdou on charges of showing her hair and wearing an outfit they said was too tight. The al-Qaida-linked militants who had seized control of this fabled desert center...

Ambush attack in central Mali kills 9 soldiers, wounds 11

Oct. 07, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen ambushed Malian army troops in the West African country's central region, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding 11 others, an army statement said. Three army vehicles were destroyed after hitting explosive devices in the Mopti region...

France's Macron slams Malian PM's 'abandonment' remarks

Oct. 01, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “shocked” when Mali's prime minister described France's plans to reduce its troop commitment in the African country as an “abandonment." “These comments are unacceptable,” Macron said Thursday night in...

Top Russian diplomat defends mercenaries' presence in Mali

Sep. 25, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Saturday defended the Mali government's right to hire a private Russian military company to help fight terrorists, accusing French troops in the country of failing to get rid of them and scolding the European Union for...

Germany concerned by talk of Russian mercenary ops in Mali

Sep. 15, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government expressed concern Wednesday at reports on the possible deployment of Russian mercenaries in Mali. Germany has several hundred soldiers taking part in United Nations stabilization and European Union training missions in the West...