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33 villagers killed in attacks in central Mali this week

Jul. 3, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Armed men who identified themselves as jihadists attacked farming villages in Mali’s central Mopti region this week, killing at least 33 people and wounding at least five, local officials said Friday. The attackers arrived on motorcycles Wednesday, killing men who were returning...

The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Court could end claims Nestle, Cargill abetted child labor

Jul. 2, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider ending a lawsuit that claims Nestle and Cargill facilitated the use of child slave labor on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, a case that could further limit access to U.S. courts by victims of human rights abuses abroad. The justices said Thursday they will...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

In this photo taken Friday, May 22, 2020, a Malian soldier in the capital Bamako, in Timbuktu, Mali, carries samples from patients in Timbuktu to a military plane flying them to be tested for the coronavirus. COVID-19 has made its way to Timbuktu, a town whose name has long been synonymous around the world with remoteness. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

COVID-19 cases mount at the ends of the Earth in Timbuktu

Jul. 1, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Harandane Toure started taking malaria pills when he first spiked a fever but as the days passed his illness only worsened. Doctors ultimately told him he was among the hundreds now infected with the coronavirus in this town long fabled for being inaccessible from the rest of the...

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, is welcomed by Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, right, upon arrival at Nouakchott Oumtounsy International Airport Tuesday June 30, 2020, in Nouakchott, to attend a G5 Sahel summit. Leaders from the five countries of West Africa's Sahel region, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott on Tuesday to discuss military operations against Islamic extremists in the region, as jihadist attacks mount. The five African countries, known as the G5, have formed a joint military force that is working with France, which has thousands of troops to battle the extremists in the Sahel, the region south of the Sahara Desert. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

French, Spanish and African leaders meet to combat extremism

Jun. 30, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Leaders from the five countries of West Africa’s Sahel region — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger — on Tuesday called for intensifying counter-terrorism operations supported by the French military that have already seen successes in the recent months...

FILE - In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's resignation take to the streets in the capital Bamako, Mali.  The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Monday, June 29, to extend the mandate of the 15,600-strong  U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali for a year and called for a long-term road map with benchmarks and conditions for the force to hand over security responsibilities and leave the West African nation. Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted mutinous soldiers to overthrow the president of a decade. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed, File)

Security Council extends peacekeeping force in Mali for year

Jun. 30, 2020 1:48 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — 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 West African nation. The resolution adopted by the...

UN rights chief urges Mali to probe abuse by security forces

Jun. 26, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Friday that 580 civilians have been killed in central Mali this year amid worsening inter-communal violence, faulting security forces for rights violations and saying radical groups like the regional wings of al-Qaida and Islamic State are fanning and...

Police fire tear gas at protest against Mali's president

Jun. 19, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Police fired tear gas at protesters demanding President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's resignation Friday as tens of thousands took to the streets for the second time this month in Mali's capital. The ongoing unrest underscored the mounting opposition to Keita, who has led the West African...

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Review: Oumou Sangaré's 'Acoustic' shows passion, commitment

Jun. 18, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

Oumou Sangaré, “Acoustic” (No Format!) Even if you don’t understand a word, it’s clear that Mali’s Oumou Sangaré is not singing about anything slight or frivolous. “Acoustic” is mostly a reinterpretation of “Mogoya,” the 2017 album that...

Differences on peace progress in Mali amid terrorist acts

Jun. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Belgium on Thursday criticized signatories to Mali’s 2015 peace agreement for failing to implement it while the U.N. secretary-general, France and others reported progress in the past year. The opposing views at a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting...