Latest Mali News

West African leaders meet on extremism in the region

Sep. 14, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic bloc known as ECOWAS met Saturday to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and the impact of the G5 Sahel Joint Force set up to combat its spread. Leaders from West Africa have long been warning that...

Review: Tinariwen embodies the desert blues on 'Amadjar'

Sep. 6, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

Tinariwen, "Amadjar" (ANTI-) Tinariwen don't need to create a mythology for or about themselves. The story of this Western African band of nomadic Tuaregs from Mali includes exile, violent conflicts and an attachment to ancient traditions informed by current affairs. Their latest release, "Amadjar," is the...

Report: West, Central Africa violence closes 9,000 schools

Aug. 23, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Hussaini said he first heard screaming. Then people fired guns, shooting at and killing at least one of his teachers in his northern Burkina Faso village. It's been more than a year since Hussaini has been to school. "I used to love school, to read, to count and to...

Burkina Faso president says extremists kill 24 soldiers

Aug. 20, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An attack by extremists in Burkina Faso's northern province has killed at least 24 soldiers, one of the deadliest attacks on military in the West African nation's history, the president said Tuesday. Several more soldiers were wounded and five are still missing from the attack near...

UN experts: Mali peace signatories failed to accelerate deal

Aug. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say signatories to a 2015 peace agreement in Mali failed to accelerate its implementation as promised amid growing rivalries and popular resentment against the deal as well as increasing attacks by militants in Mali and neighboring countries. The report to the Security...

Military alleges sexual misconduct in soldier's hazing death

Aug. 5, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Military prosecutors in Virginia said Monday that they want to add allegations of sexual misconduct to their murder case against a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who are among those blamed for the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa. Navy prosecutor Benjamin Garcia made the...