Latest Mali News

Germany suspends participation in Mali military mission

Aug. 12, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany announced Friday that it was suspending its participation in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali after the West African nation refused to grant a civilian aircraft carrying German troops permission to use its airspace. The flight was part of a troop rotation,...

Mali declares 3 days of mourning after attacks kill dozens

Aug. 10, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities declared three days of national mourning to begin Thursday after a pair of weekend attacks by Islamic extremist groups killed dozens of soldiers and police officers across the volatile West African country. In the deadliest violence, the...

UN experts: Malian military and 'white' soldiers killed 33

Aug. 05, 2022 22:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts said in a new report that Malian armed forces allegedly carried out an operation with “white-skinned soldiers” near the border with Mauritania in March, shooting and burning at least 33 civilians in one of several operations where the country’s ruling...

Mali pledges to incorporate 26,000 ex-rebel fighters in army

Aug. 05, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government will integrate 26,000 fighters of a past northern rebellion into its army under a deal with leaders of the former independence movement, the two parties announced following a meeting Friday. The deal points to a new dynamic in the stalled...

Mali's capital Bamako boosts security fearing jihadi attacks

Aug. 04, 2022 03:02 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — In Bamako's popular Darsalam neighborhood, a young gendarme stands by a newly barricaded street, his hand on the trigger of a rifle pointed slightly to the ground. The armed policeman is a sign of how Mali's bustling capital of more than 2.5 million people on...

Mali issues international warrant for ex prime minister

Jul. 29, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s Supreme Court prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for ex-Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and several other ministers of the former government of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was overthrown by the military junta in August 2020. The move...

French president wraps up Africa tour in Guinea-Bissau

Jul. 28, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up a three-country Africa tour in Guinea-Bissau Thursday that saw him pledge funding for education and economic development as well as military support to fight extremism in West and Central Africa. On Thursday...

Attacks in central Mali kill 3 civilians, 15 soldiers

Jul. 28, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least three civilians and 15 soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in central Mali, the army said, the latest round of attacks as insecurity worsens in the West African nation. Two attacks Wednesday targeted Mali army positions in the center of the...

France pledges more security, education support to Benin

Jul. 27, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged security cooperation and support to Benin as it fights rising threats of extremism, as well as investments in education and a cultural center for the West African nation. Macron made the pledges after...

Serbian police break up people-smuggling gang, find migrants

Jul. 26, 2022 06:01 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's police broke up a people-smuggling gang near the border with Hungary early on Tuesday, and found various weapons and hundreds of passports and other documents taken from migrants trying to reach Western Europe, officials said. Police also discovered...