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Islamic State claims Niger killings of French aid workers

Sep. 17, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing six French aid workers, their driver and a local guide in a wildlife park in Niger last month. The Islamic State group said in its al-Naba newsletter published Thursday that a security detachment carried out a “blitz...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, outside a conference in Bamako, Mali, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. (AP Photo)

Mali junta says working to meet regional bloc's demands

Sep. 16, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's junta said Wednesday it was working to respond to the renewed demands made by West Africa's regional bloc that the country's military leaders announce a new civilian transitional government within a week's time. Questions remained, though, about whether the junta would still try...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, as they demonstrate to show support for the junta in the capital Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Placard at left in French reads

West African leaders ease election deadlines for Mali junta

Sep. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ABURI, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders on Tuesday appeared to give in to the military junta's timeline for holding new elections in Mali, signaling that they would now accept an 18-month delay after earlier saying that democracy had to be restored to Mali within a year. The announcement came as the...

FILE - In this Feb. 1984 file photo, Mali's President Moussa Traore is photographed during a visit to Bonn, Germany. Mali's former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at age 83, according to his son Idrissa Traore on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Herman J. Knippertz, File)

Mali's former president Moussa Traore dies at 83

Sep. 15, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at age 83, according to his son Idrissa Traore. He did not give details on the cause of death. Traore seized power in a military coup in 1968, eight years after Mali gained...

Mali’s ex-president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at 83, says his son

Sep. 15, 2020 1:34 PM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s ex-president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation for more than 22 years, has died at 83, says his son.
People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, as they demonstrate to show support for the junta in the capital Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Placard at left in French reads

Mali opposition opposes junta proposal on transition period

Sep. 13, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Divisions deepened between Mali's military coup leaders and the country's political opposition movement on Sunday after the ruling junta announced a plan that would allow a military leader to oversee an 18-month transitional period. While the two sides initially were united in wanting...

Delegates attend a conference to discuss a transition to a civilian government in Bamako, Mali, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. (AP Photo)

Mali junta agrees to 18-month transition government

Sep. 12, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s military junta, which staged a coup last month, agreed Saturday to an 18-month transition government led by a military or civilian leader that would pave the way to elections. Three days of consultations with leaders of political and civil society groups laid out a...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, outside a conference in Bamako, Mali, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. (AP Photo)

Leaders in Mali meet with junta for conference on transition

Sep. 10, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. The three-day conference beginning Thursday comes after...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 3, 2018 file photo, three men head north towards Algeria after crossing the Assamaka border post in northern Niger. More than 80 African migrants were rescued on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 after being found in a remote stretch of the Sahara Desert where hundreds of others have died along the perilous journey in recent years, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

83 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert, says migration agency

Sep. 8, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — More than 80 African migrants have been rescued after being found in a remote stretch of the Sahara Desert where hundreds of others have died along the perilous journey in recent years, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. The 41 females from Nigeria, including...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Mali's then President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita poses for a group photograph during the G5 Sahel summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup in August, was hospitalized late Tuesday, Sept. 1, at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old's health after being detained for 10 days by the junta now in power. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

W. Africa bloc presses Mali junta to hand power to civilians

Sep. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — West African leaders warned Mali's military junta on Monday they must designate civilian heads of state by next week to chart a path back to democracy or the country will face further sanctions from the regional bloc. The latest talks on the Mali crisis came after the 15-nation...