Latest Mali News

Mali asks Islamic High Council to dialogue with al-Qaida

Oct. 19, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s government has asked the country's Islamic High Council to begin a dialogue with al-Qaida-linked groups in a new effort to address a nearly decade-long insecurity crisis. It is not clear when the dialogue will begin, but the council will...

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...

Colombian nun kidnapped in Mali in 2017 is freed

Oct. 09, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Colombian nun who was kidnapped more than four years ago by al-Qaida-linked extremists in Mali has been freed, Mali’s presidency said Saturday. Gloria Narvaez was kidnapped in February 2017 near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso. ...

Mali's presidency says Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in 2017 has been released

Oct. 09, 2021 18:19 PM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's presidency says Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in 2017 has been released.

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...

UN says 1 peacekeeper killed, 4 injured in Mali bomb attack

Oct. 03, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. convoy in Mali’s northern Kidal region was attacked by improvised explosive devices, killing one peacekeeper from Egypt and seriously injuring four others, the United Nations said Saturday. The attack on the convoy from the U.N....

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...

UN diplomats: Russia is blocking sanctions experts in Africa

Sep. 29, 2021 22:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia is holding up the appointment of independent experts to monitor implementation of sanctions on four African countries, saying the panels proposed by the U.N. secretary-general are not geographically balanced and some members are not impartial, U.N. diplomats...

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...

Canadian recounts her abduction by jihadis in Burkina Faso

Sep. 22, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Nearly a year and a half after being abducted by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso, Edith Blais risked her life to escape, fearing she’d never be free. ”(What you’re thinking is either) you stay there your whole life and you die...