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Mali: militants target G5-sahel headquarters

Islamist militants armed with rockets and explosives raided the headquarters of an African military taskforce in central Mali last weekend killing at least six people and wounding several soldiers, according to Mali’s defence ministry. According to a spokesperson for the G5 force, — a regional force created last year to root out jihadists in West […]

Malian ‘Spiderman’ made French citizen after rescuing child from Paris balcony

A young man from Mali is being praised as a hero in France after he scaled a four-storey building to save a child dangling from a balcony last weekend. Video of the rescue showed 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbing up the building in just seconds to rescue the child, to cheers from onlookers. French President Emmanuel […]

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Mali’s opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé launches presidential bid

Mali’s opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé was sworn in on Saturday as a candidate for the July 29 presidential election by thousands of his supporters in a stadium in capital Bamako. The former minister of finance who lost against the current president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in 2013, warned against fraud in upcoming polls. “Let us be […]

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G5 Sahel anti-militant force set to deploy – Niger’s Defense Minister

The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force is “ready” to take action, Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said on Sunday. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in 2017 to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force. The regional force, which aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region, […]

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Mauritania pledges to supply electricity to Mali

Mauritania will supply electricity to Mali up to 40 to 50 megawatts. This decision is the major result of a short visit Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, paid to Nouakchott, on Monday. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, Malian Prime Minister, led a large delegation of his government, made a visit of a few hours in Mauritania […]

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Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta to run for a second term (Coalition)

Mali’s incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was sworn in this weekend as a presidential candidate by a coalition of nearly 70 parties in the capital of the West African war-torn nation. The incumbent President will run for a second term in office in an election on July 29. President of the coalition Bokary Tréta said […]

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Sahel: Barkhane Commander Deplores Lack of Support to G5

The commander-in-chief of Barkhane Operation, General Bruno Guibert, has deplored the delay in fulfilling the international community’s pledges to support the G5-Sahel, set up to fight terrorist groups swarming in the region. The three-star General Bruno Guilbert who is in command of Barkhane since July 2017 expressed, in an interview with French magazine l’Express, deep […]

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Malian parties urged to implement 2015 peace agreement

A senior United Nations official Wednesday urged Malian parties to implement 2015 peace agreement, insisting that it is time to move from promises to actions. While Malians must ensure the successful holding of elections this year, their priority should be the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General […]

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Canada to deploy helicopters and support troops to war-torn Mali

The Canadian government will send troops, helicopters and medical staff, to terrorism-stricken Mali later this year as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior Canadian government source said. The helicopters presumably would replace a German contingent, which has been conducting transport and medical evacuation missions in the West African nation. Germany’s Bundeswehr has […]

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