Mali - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mali Review: Mesmerizing album by West African women's supergroup Les Amazones d'Afrique, "Republique Amazone" (Real World Records) Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo and Mariam Doumbia, from Amadou & Mariam, are part of a supergroup of West African women whose CD "Republique Amazone" is a mesmerizing blend of female advocacy and dance rhythms. Dubbed Les Amazones d'Afrique, they're mainly from Mali and mo... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:41:00 GMT 2017-04-24T15:41:00Z A look at UN peacekeeping missions as US seeks cuts UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Part of President Donald Trump's proposed deep budget cuts in foreign aid could be significant reductions in U.N. peacekeeping missions in some of the world's most dangerous places. The U.N. Security Council is meeting Thursday on the issue at the United States' request. Here's a look at some of the 16 current peacekeeping missions around the world, inc... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-04-06T17:29:00Z Suspected jihadists attack Mali military position; 12 dead BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected jihadists from Burkina Faso have attacked a Malian military post across the border, killing at least a dozen Malian soldiers. The attack was on a military base in Boulkessi, according to an announcement on Malian state television late Sunday. A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repris... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:48:00 GMT 2017-03-06T08:48:00Z 3 Islamic extremist groups in Mali merge, pledge to al-Qaida DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Three prominent Islamic extremist groups in Mali have announced they have merged into one and pledged allegiance to al-Qaida's leader, according to an organization that monitors jihadist websites. Leaders from Ansar Dine, al-Mourabitoun and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb made the declaration in a video distributed Thursday, accordin... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:58:00 GMT 2017-03-03T09:58:00Z Extremists attack Niger military patrol, kill 15 soldiers NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A spokesman for Niger's military says at least 15 soldiers have been killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on a patrol near the country's border with Mali. Colonel Abdoul Aziz Toure said Thursday that the attack near the village of Interzawane in the Tillaberi region on Wednesday also wounded 19 other soldiers. He says the military is pursuing the at... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:10:00 GMT 2017-02-23T21:10:00Z Govt: At least 13 killed in ethnic clashes in central Mali BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government says at least 13 people have been killed after a weekend of clashes in Mali's central region. Amadou Sangho, spokesman for Mali's Interior Ministry, confirmed the violence in the Ke-macina area, saying there was fighting over the weekend between the Peul and Bambara communities. He said at least 13 were killed and others were wounded. ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:44:00 GMT 2017-02-13T17:44:00Z Organizers lament cancellation of Timbuktu music festival ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The last-minute cancellation of a well-known music festival in Timbuktu that had drawn thousands of foreigners marks a missed opportunity to bring hope to a former tourist hub struggling to recover after years of extremist threats, organizers said. The Festival of the Desert has not taken place in northern Mali since 2012, when... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:22:00 GMT 2017-02-02T13:22:00Z French military: Death toll in Mali base attack rises to 77 PARIS (AP) — The death toll in a suicide attack on a Mali army camp in the African country's north has risen to 77, a French military spokesman said Thursday. A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden vehicle to the military camp in Gao, Col. Patrik Steiger said. The victims, all Malians, were soldiers and former fighters grouped together to try to stabilize the region afte... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:21:00 GMT 2017-01-19T21:21:00Z Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to at least 60 GAO, Mali (AP) — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle penetrated a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 115 soldiers and former fighters who are trying to stabilize the region. The attack marked a significant setback for peace efforts. Suspicion quickly fell on the Islamic extremist groups operating in the... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:55:00 GMT 2017-01-18T20:55:00Z No deal in talks to persuade Gambian leader to step down DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No deal was reached Friday in last-ditch attempts by a regional mediation team to persuade Gambia's longtime leader to step down, and while mediation will continue, the inauguration next week of the elected opposition coalition leader will go forward, the spokesman for coalition said. "This crisis has not been solved by these talks,"... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:53:00 GMT 2017-01-13T23:53:00Z Carter: Guinea worm disease reported in 3 countries in 2016 ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter, who has been working for decades to eradicate Guinea worm disease, says only 25 human cases of the illness were reported worldwide in 2016. When The Carter Center joined the battle to eliminate Guinea worm disease in the mid-1980s, there were about 3.5 million cases in 21 countries, the former president said Wednesday. ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-01-11T20:26:00Z Region to send in troops if Gambia president won't step down LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — West African leaders will send troops into Gambia if its longtime ruler who lost elections does not step down next month, the president of the Economic Community of West African States said Friday. Marcel de Souza told reporters that the regional bloc has chosen Senegal to lead any military intervention if President Yahya Jammeh does... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:40:00 GMT 2016-12-23T17:40:00Z Legislature: Ex-Mali president won't face treason charges BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's National Assembly has rejected the idea of trying former President Amadou Toumani Toure on treason charges. The former president was overthrown in a March 2012 coup that ushered in an era of instability throughout the Sahara Desert nation. He lives in exile in neighboring Senegal and could now return home unless the government takes other action. ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:28:00 GMT 2016-12-17T21:28:00Z Ex-Mali coup leader goes on trial on killing charges SIKASSO, Mali (AP) — The coup leader blamed for destabilizing Mali went on trial Wednesday with 17 co-defendants, accused of kidnapping and killing members of the presidential guard whose remains were later found in a mass grave. Amadou Haya Sanogo, who rose to power after overthrowing Mali's longtime president in March 2012, could face the death penalty ... 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