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West Africa bloc sanctions Guinea and Mali over coups

West Africa’s main regional bloc has imposed sanctions against the military government in Guinea and those slowing Mali’s post-coup transition. The move on Thursday was agreed at an emergency summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Accra to respond to last week’s putsch in Guinea and perceived slow progress towards constitutional […]

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Mali police officers storm jail to set free commander accused of killing 14 anti government protesters

Armed officers of Mali’s anti-terror police stormed the prison to free their commander. The exact circumstances of how Oumar Samake was released are not clear. Some reports say prison guards stepped aside, while others say the government ordered his release to avoid unrest. Commander Samake was accused of murder over the deaths of at least […]

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Burkina Faso: Rebel fighters ambush soldiers; 12 dead, 8 wounded

Twelve Burkina Faso soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush by suspected rebels near the West African country’s border with Mali, the government said. Communications Minister Ousseni Tamboura “strongly condemned the barbaric attack” on Sunday near the village of Dounkoun in Toeni commune in Sourou province, the latest in a series both near […]

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At least 51 dead as gunmen attack several villages in northern Mali after arrest of rebel leaders

Gunmen attacked multiple villages in northern Mali killing at least 51 people in apparent retribution for the recent arrest of several rebel leaders, authorities said. The latest violence took place in the volatile area along the borders of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso where fighters linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda are active. A note […]

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Gunmen abduct 3 Chinese, 2 Mauritanian workers from construction site in Mali

Gunmen abduct three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians from a construction site in southwestern Mali. The assailants stormed the site 55km from the town of Kwala on Saturday, and made off with five pick-up trucks and the hostages, Mali’s Armed Forces (FAMA) said in a statement. The men also destroyed equipment including a crane and […]

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Car bomb explosion wounds 13 UN peacekeepers in northern Mali

A car bomb explosion in northern Mali wounded at least 13 UN peacekeepers, UN and the German government said. The UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said on Twitter on Friday that the wounded soldiers were evacuated following the incident earlier in the day that targeted a temporary base near Tarkint in the northeastern region […]

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France halts joint military operations with Mali over twin coups

France has paused its joint military operations with Mali over last week’s coup in the West African country. It said the suspension would continue until it received guarantees about a return to civilian rule in Mali. French forces have been supporting troops from Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to fight militants in the […]

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West African bloc suspends Mali from ECOWAS over twin coups

Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), meeting in a regional summit Sunday, suspended Mali from the bloc’s institutions after a second coup by the Malian military. “The suspension from ECOWAS takes immediate effect until the deadline of the end of February 2022 when they are supposed to hand over to a […]

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Mali’s interim vice president claims to have seized power after transitional president, prime minister’s arrest

Mali’s interim vice president, Colonel Assimi Goita has said that he seized power after the transitional president and prime minister failed to consult him about the formation of a new government. “This kind of step testifies to the clear desire of the transitional president and prime minister to seek to breach the transitional charter,” he […]

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Mali military detain President, Prime Minister after junta lose positions in government reshuffle

Military officers in Mali have detained the country’s President and Prime Minister and taken them to a military base, just months after a military coup ousted the previous president. President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane were transported to a military compound in Kati outside the capital of Bamako, hours after two members of […]

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UN peacekeeping troops seize hundreds of suspected Islamic State weapons and ammunition

British troops part of the UN peacekeeping mission seized suspected Islamic State weapons including AK47 rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Mali. The weapons were retrieved from a village close to the border with Niger, where the Ministry of Defence said locals were being threatened. Soldiers also found camouflage clothing, radios, mobile phones […]

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Woman who was expecting 7 babies gives birth to 9 after medics missed two on scans

A Malian woman gave birth to nine babies after medics missed two on her scans and told her she would have seven. Halima Cisse, 25, and all five girls and four boys are ‘doing fine’ after a cesarean section was carried out successfully in Morocco. Ms Cisse was flown from the north of the poor […]