Latest Mali government News

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...

Army says attack on Malian military convoy kills at least 15

Aug. 19, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen ambushed a Malian army convoy in central Mali on Thursday, killing at least 15 soldiers, the army said, just days after another attack in the country's north left several dozen civilians dead. The soldiers had been heading from the town of...

Suspect in attack on Mali's president dies in custody

Jul. 26, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A man detained for attempting to stab Mali's transitional president last week has died in a hospital while in custody, the government said. The attempted stabbing of Col. Assimi Goita was on July 20 at a public ceremony at the Great Mosque in the...