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An Italian family of three is back in Rome following two years of captivity in Mali

Feb. 28, 2024 00:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's foreign minister was on hand Tuesday for the arrival in Rome of an Italian family of three just hours after their release from two years of captivity in the African nation of Mali. The family, identified as Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Caivano and an adult son,...

A bus accident in southern Mali has left at least 31 people dead, the government says

Feb. 27, 2024 19:35 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least 31 people were killed and 10 others injured when a driver lost control of a passenger bus in southern Mali on Tuesday, the country's government announced. The bus carrying Malians and nationals from the West African subregion was en route to Burkina...

At least 15 Catholic worshippers were killed in an attack during a service in northern Burkina Faso

Feb. 25, 2024 12:38 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 15 Catholic worshippers were killed in a Burkina Faso village on Sunday when gunmen attacked a community as they gathered for prayers in the country's conflict-hit northern region, church officials said. The violence in the village of Essakane was a...

Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso withdraw from West Africa economic bloc ECOWAS, citing coup sanctions, officials say

Jan. 28, 2024 08:39 AM EST
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso withdraw from West Africa economic bloc ECOWAS, citing coup sanctions, officials say.

Mali ends crucial peace deal with rebels, raising concerns about a possible escalation in violence

Jan. 26, 2024 11:05 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s junta has terminated a crucial agreement with local rebels that helped maintain a fragile peace in the country’s north, the government announced, raising concerns about a possible escalation of violence. The 2015 peace deal with Tuareg rebel groups is...

More than 70 are dead after an unregulated gold mine collapsed in Mali, an official says

Jan. 24, 2024 16:00 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An unregulated gold mine collapsed late last week in Mali, killing more than 70 people, an official said Wednesday, and a search continued amid fears that the toll could rise. Karim Berthé, a senior official at the government's National Geology and Mining...

An official in Mali says more than 70 people are dead after an informal gold mine collapsed, and a search continues

Jan. 24, 2024 13:56 PM EST
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An official in Mali says more than 70 people are dead after an informal gold mine collapsed, and a search continues.

Mali recalls its envoy in Algeria after alleging interference, deepening tensions over peace efforts

Dec. 22, 2023 20:40 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali recalled its ambassador in Algeria after accusing it of interference in its internal affairs by meeting rebel leaders, officials said Friday, deepening diplomatic tensions between the two neighbors over efforts to end the armed rebellion in northern Mali. ...

UN peacekeeping chief welcomes strong support for its far-flung operations despite `headwinds'

Dec. 16, 2023 12:29 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations peacekeeping chief says he was very satisfied with the strong support of many countries for its far-flung operations at a recent ministerial meeting, despite “headwinds and challenges and problems.” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the...

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali ends after 10 years, following the junta's pressure to go

Dec. 11, 2023 12:33 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The United Nations ended its 10-year peacekeeping mission in Mali on Monday following the government's request that alleged the force was inadequate to respond to growing violent extremism in the West African nation. “The Malian terrain was vast and...