Latest Mali News

A pond in warming Mali is disappearing, and a UNESCO-listed fishing tradition is in danger

Jun. 14, 2024 01:17 AM EDT

SAN, Mali (AP) — Thousands of fishermen holding cone-shaped nets stood side by side, cheering and chanting as they waited for the signal. Suddenly, they rushed to a large muddy pond and cast their nets, dropping to their knees in the mud. Soon, one proudly held up a fish the length of his arm. ...

AP interview: Divisions among the world's powerful nations are undermining UN efforts to end crises

May. 30, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deep divisions especially among the world’s most powerful nations have significantly undermined what the United Nations can do to help nations move from conflict to peace, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said. Jean-Pierre Lacroix told The Associated Press in an...

Chad swears in president after disputed election, ending years of military rule

May. 24, 2024 04:21 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chad swore in Mahamat Deby Itno as the president on Thursday after holding elections earlier this month, completing a disputed transition to democratic rule after he seized power three years ago. Deby Itno, also known as Mahamat Idriss Deby, took power after...

It was once a center of Islamic learning. Now Mali's historic city of Djenné mourns lack of visitors

May. 18, 2024 03:49 AM EDT

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Kola Bah used to earn a living as a tour guide in Mali's historic city of Djenné, once a center of Islamic learning known for the sprawling mud-brick mosque that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger list since 2016. The Grand Mosque of Djenné —...

Thousands replaster Mali's Great Mosque of Djenne, which is threatened by conflict

May. 13, 2024 21:58 PM EDT

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Thousands of Malians carrying buckets and jugs of mud joined the annual replastering of the world's largest mud-brick building this weekend, a key ritual that maintains the integrity of the Great Mosque of Djenne in the center of the country. The building has...

Boeing plane carrying 85 people catches fire and skids off the runway in Senegal, injuring 10

May. 09, 2024 21:58 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Boeing 737 carrying 85 people caught fire and skidded off a runway at Senegal's main airport, injuring 10 people including the pilot, the country's transport minister said Thursday. Passengers were evacuated from the burning aircraft and some described...

An extremist group and ethnic militias committed atrocities in Mali, Human Rights Watch says

May. 08, 2024 06:56 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — An extremist group linked to al-Qaida carried out mass killings in two villages in central Mali in January, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday, in an apparent war crime that caused thousands to flee their homes. The group known as JNIM killed at least...

Mali says it killed extremist commander who took part in one of worst attacks on US forces in Africa

Apr. 30, 2024 12:09 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A senior Islamic State group commander wanted in connection with one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. forces in Africa was killed in an operation by Mali's security forces, the country's army said. Abu Huzeifa, known by the alias Higgo, was a commander in the...

Laborers and street vendors in Mali find no respite as deadly heat wave surges through West Africa

Apr. 19, 2024 02:08 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Street vendors in Mali's capital of Bamako peddle water sachets, ubiquitous for this part of West Africa during the hottest months. This year, an unprecedented heat wave has led to a surge in deaths, experts say, warning of more scorching weather ahead as effects of climate...

9 bodies found adrift in a boat off Brazil were likely migrants from Mauritania and Mali, police say

Apr. 16, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazilian police investigating the grim discovery of a boat with several decomposing bodies say they were likely African migrants from Mali and Mauritania. Fishermen off Brazil's northern coastal state of Pará found the boat adrift Saturday in the Atlantic...