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Witnesses say 20 are killed in an airstrike in central Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least 20 people have been killed in an airstrike on a village in central Mali where Islamic extremists had confronted a wedding party, witnesses said Tuesday. ...

Mali's opposition leader and ex-hostage dies with COVID-19

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, who was held hostage for six months earlier this year by jihadists and was considered a leading contender in 2022 elections, has died in Pa...

Explosions in 3 Malian cities amid jihadist attacks

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The cities of Kidal, Gao and Menaka in northern Mali were hit by simultaneous attacks on Monday against military camps housing international forces, according to residents and a Un...

Attacks by suspected jihadists kill 22 in central Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists have carried out a series of attacks in central Mali killing at least 22 people, a spokesman for Mali’s defense minister said Wednesday. ...

Freed Malian politician details months as al-Qaida hostage

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian politician Soumaila Cisse's captors kept hostages constantly on the move in the inhospitable desert, he told French television, describing his six months with al-Qaida-linke...

French hostage freed in Mali: Ordeal was 'spiritual retreat'

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French humanitarian worker Sophie Petronin said early Friday she had been treated relatively well during her nearly four years in captivity at the hands of Islamic militants, as sh...

Mali presidency: 2 freed hostages on plane to capital

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malis's presidency has confirmed that prominent Malian politician Soumaila Cisse and French aid worker Sophie Petronin are aboard a flight to the capital Bamako after being freed b...

Families await freed hostages' return in Mali's capital

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Relatives and supporters on Wednesday awaited the return of a prominent Malian politician and a French aid worker released by Islamic extremists, as concerns deepened about the pot...

Malian official: Politician Cisse, French aid worker freed

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic extremists have freed prominent Malian politician Soumaila Cisse after holding him hostage for more than six months, as well as a French aid worker who was kidnapped in 201...

Official: Malian politician Cisse, French aid worker freed

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Islamic extremists have freed prominent Malian politician Soumaila Cisse after holding him hostage for more than six months along with a French aid worker who was kidnapped back in...

West African regional bloc lifts sanctions against Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS lifted sanctions against Mali on Tuesday after the prime minister announced the rest of the transitional government positions nearly two months a...

Mali releases 180 jihadists in likely prisoner exchange

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities have released 180 Islamic extremists from a prison in the capital and flown them to the country's north, an official confirmed late Sunday, fueling speculation t...

Mali transitional government appoints new prime minister

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, on Sunday as the West African nation’s prime minister days after being sworn into office. ...

Mali swears in transitional president and vice president

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation. The induction ceremony ...

Head of Mali's junta to be veep in interim government

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s military junta said Monday he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy more than a mon...