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Crowds protest sanctions, pressure, after Mali vote delay

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Thousands have joined in a government-sponsored rally in Mali’s capital to protest new regional economic sanctions and growing pressure from former colonizer France, after Mali's m...

Mali's leader urges regional bloc to reconsider sanctions

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's coup leader Col. Assimi Goita urged West African leaders to reconsider tough new economic sanctions that went into effect Monday after he announced a plan to delay new elect...

Mali junta defies mediators with 5-year transition plan

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's military junta wants to extend its rule for five more years, putting off the next presidential election until 2026 despite a deadline of next month set by West African regio...

French military leaves Timbuktu, Mali, after nearly 9 years

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French forces left the city of Timbuktu late Tuesday, the latest sign that the former colonial power is drawing down its presence in northern Mali nearly nine years after driving I...

At least 30 civilians reported killed in Mali truck attack

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen attacked a truck carrying civilians in central Mali, killing at least 31 people, a local official said Saturday. The mayor of Bandiagara, Housseini Saye, ...

Mali seeking French former hostage who returned without visa

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities said Wednesday they are searching for a French woman who spent four years as an al-Qaida hostage and who now has returned to the West African country despite bei...

Mali expels envoy of West Africa's 15-nation regional bloc

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional government has ordered an envoy of the 15-nation West African regional bloc to leave the country within 72 hours because of actions “incompatible with his statu...

UN Security Council mission visits Mali, urges February vote

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A U.N. Security Council mission that is visiting Mali this weekend to assess the security situation is urging the country's authorities to set elections for February to meet agreem...

Mali asks Islamic High Council to dialogue with al-Qaida

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s government has asked the country's Islamic High Council to begin a dialogue with al-Qaida-linked groups in a new effort to address a nearly decade-long insecurity crisis. ...

Mali's Timbuktu fears jihadis as France reduces troops

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — It’s been nine years since Islamic extremists in northern Mali arrested Zahra Abdou on charges of showing her hair and wearing an outfit they said was too tight. ...

Colombian nun kidnapped in Mali in 2017 is freed

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Colombian nun who was kidnapped more than four years ago by al-Qaida-linked extremists in Mali has been freed, Mali’s presidency said Saturday. Gloria Narvaez ...

Ambush attack in central Mali kills 9 soldiers, wounds 11

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen ambushed Malian army troops in the West African country's central region, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding 11 others, an army statement said. T...

Mali's president says he was unharmed in stabbing attempt

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita said he was unharmed after a man tried to stab him Tuesday at the Grand Mosque in the capital amid celebrations for the Muslim holiday of sacr...

A woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven, Mali’s Ministry of Health said Wednesday. The 25-year-old Halima Cisse gave birth to th...

French reporter kidnapped by jihadist rebels in north Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The chief of Reporters Without Borders says that French journalist Olivier Dubois was kidnapped April 8 while working in Mali’s northern city of Gao. A video was...