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Supporters hold placards showing former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, above, who is now transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, below, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup and who is now transitional vice president, outside a swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali,  Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 5:06 p.m. A country missing from the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders is the West African nation of Mali, whose leadership is in mid-overhaul after a military coup last month. The country late last week...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 file photo, Mali's then Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Moctar Ouane addresses the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters. Mali's transitional president Bah N'Daw on Sunday, Sept, 27, 2020 appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, as the West African nation's prime minister, with the appointment of a civilian prime minister being a major condition imposed by the West African regional economic bloc, ECOWAS, on Mali to lift sanctions that were imposed after an Aug. 18 coup. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Mali transitional government appoints new prime minister

Sep. 27, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, on Sunday as the West African nation’s prime minister days after being sworn into office. The appointment of a civilian prime minister was a major condition imposed by the West...

Former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, right, is sworn into the office of transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, left, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup, is sworn into the office of transitional vice president, at a ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

Mali swears in transitional president and vice president

Sep. 25, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation. The induction ceremony in the capital, Bamako, took place as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc,...

Guinea's main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, right, speaks to the media at a press conference in Dakar, Senegal Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Diallo called on neighboring West African states to head off a political crisis in Guinea where President Alpha Conde is running for a third term in October elections. (AP Photo/Yesica Fisch)

Guinea's opposition urges West African leaders to step in

Sep. 24, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Guinea’s main opposition leader called on neighboring West African states to head off a political crisis in Guinea where President Alpha Conde is running for a third term in October elections. The 15-nation West African group known as ECOWAS supports democracy in the region and...

UN rights experts calls on Mali junta to release officials

Sep. 23, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday urged Mali’s junta to release former government officials they have held since a coup d’etat on Aug. 18. The call by Alioune Tine, U.N. independent expert on human rights in Mali, came as a mediator for the West African...

Seen on national broadcaster ORTM TV, Col. Assimi Goita, one of the soldiers identifying themselves as the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, sits with others during a televised broadcast on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 in Bamako, Mali. The head of Mali's military junta Col. Assimi Goita said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy more than a month after a coup d'etat, with Maj. Col. Bah N'Daw named as president of the transitional government. (ORTM TV via AP)

Mali's junta leader to be veep of transitional government

Sep. 21, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s military junta said Monday he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy, more than a month after he led a coup to overthrow the president. The move announced by Col. Assimi Goita himself...

Mali's transition committee names former defense minister Bah N'Daw to lead the West African nation to new elections.

Sep. 21, 2020 11:41 AM EDT
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's transition committee names former defense minister Bah N'Daw to lead the West African nation to new elections.

Islamic State claims Niger killings of French aid workers

Sep. 17, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for killing six French aid workers, their driver and a local guide in a wildlife park in Niger last month. The Islamic State group said in its al-Naba newsletter published Thursday that a security detachment carried out a “blitz...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, outside a conference in Bamako, Mali, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Leaders of Mali's military junta who deposed the West African country's president last month are meeting with political parties and civil society groups to outline a transition to a civilian government and, ultimately, elections. (AP Photo)

Mali junta says working to meet regional bloc's demands

Sep. 16, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's junta said Wednesday it was working to respond to the renewed demands made by West Africa's regional bloc that the country's military leaders announce a new civilian transitional government within a week's time. Questions remained, though, about whether the junta would still try...

People hold a banner showing Col. Assimi Goita, leader of the junta which is now running Mali and calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, as they demonstrate to show support for the junta in the capital Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Placard at left in French reads

West African leaders ease election deadlines for Mali junta

Sep. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ABURI, Ghana (AP) — West African leaders on Tuesday appeared to give in to the military junta's timeline for holding new elections in Mali, signaling that they would now accept an 18-month delay after earlier saying that democracy had to be restored to Mali within a year. The announcement came as the...