Latest Mali News

UN says five peacekeepers injured in attack in northern Mali

Jul. 26, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Five U.N. peacekeepers were injured in an attack using an improvised explosive device in Mali's restive north Monday, the United Nations said. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said a quick reaction force was immediately sent to the site in...

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...

Mali's president says he was unharmed in stabbing attempt

Jul. 20, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita said he was unharmed after a man tried to stab him Tuesday at the Grand Mosque in the capital amid celebrations for the Muslim holiday of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha. Goita, a special forces colonel who staged two...

Jihadis expand control to new Burkina Faso fronts

Jul. 17, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

BANFORA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Florent Coulibaly, a soldier in Burkina Faso’s army, says he hasn't been sleeping well for the past few months as he is often roused at 3 a.m. to fight jihadi rebels. Until recently life was peaceful in western Burkina Faso’s Comoe...

France to pull more than 2,000 troops from Africa's Sahel

Jul. 09, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will withdraw more than 2,000 troops from an anti-extremism force in Africa’s Sahel region by early next year and pivot its military presence to specialized regional forces instead, President Emmanuel Macron said Friday. Macron announced last month...

As France plans to shrink Sahel force, jihadi threat grows

Jul. 08, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

GAO, Mali (AP) — During a grueling, weeks-long mission in northern Mali, French soldiers were confronted by a familiar threat: Extremists trying to impose the same strict Islamic rule that preceded France’s military intervention here more than eight years ago. ...

Marine guilty of involuntary manslaughter in hazing death

Jul. 02, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A member of an elite group of U.S. Marines has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and related charges for his role in the hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret while the men served in Africa, the U.S. Navy said in a news release Friday. But...

Lawyer: Marine played minor role in soldier's hazing death

Jun. 30, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A defense attorney for a U.S. Marine told jurors Wednesday that he played a minor role in the hazing of a U.S. Green Beret and should not be found guilty of murder and other crimes in the soldier's death. Speaking inside a Navy base in Virginia,...

UN says it's `imperative' Mali holds elections next February

Jun. 29, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday extending the U.N. peacekeeping mission in crisis-wracked Mali and said it’s “imperative” the military government hold presidential and legislative elections on schedule next February. ...

Tunisian navy rescues 178 migrants, recovers 2 bodies

Jun. 27, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian naval forces recovered two bodies and picked up 178 migrants from the Mediterranean on Sunday after the boats transporting them broke down on the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe, a Tunisian Defense Ministry spokesman said. The...