Mali

Mali's president acknowledges contact with armed groups

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has for the first time acknowledged contacts with armed groups, an option the government has long rejected. "The number of deaths in the Sahel is becoming exponential and it's time that certain paths be explored," he said in an interview with...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 9:39am

Mali: President Keita holds crisis talks amid unrest in the north

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has received representatives of political and armed groups as well as civil society in an attempt to foster dialogue in his conflict-wracked country. Saturday's talks in the capital, Bamako, are being billed as a "national inclusive dialogue...

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 10:41am

Malians vote for president amid worsening insecurity

Malians voted on Sunday to decide whether or not to give President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita a second term, amid widespread ethnic and jihadist violence that has dramatically worsened since he came to power five years ago. Two dozen other candidates were contesting the presidency in a largely Saharan...

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:10am

Malian civilians die in ethnic clashes before presidential vote

A number of civilians were killed in ethnic violence in central Mali, government and local sources said on Friday, in one of a long series of attacks before a hotly-disputed presidential election this weekend. One local source put the death toll at 18 while another said the attackers had dumped...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 12:37am

Mali says troops implicated in killings after mass graves found

Mali's defence minister has admitted soldiers were involved in killings in the country's troubled central region which has been plagued by violence between security forces and fighters. The comments by Tiena Coulibaly on Tuesday came after local media reports said that 25 bodies had been...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 8:46am

Mali Islamists release video of French and Colombian hostages

An al Qaeda affiliate in Mali has released a video of a French aid worker and a Colombian nun kidnapped in separate incidents in 2016 and 2017, according to SITE Intelligence Group. The video was posted late on Wednesday by Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), which has been linked...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 8:39am