The UN Security Council travels to Mali and Burkina Faso this week for an up-close look at the worrisome Sahel region, where an extremist insurgency is showing no signs of weakening and is driving mass displacement.
A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga's resignation and that of his government two weeks after mass protests erupted over the rising tide of violence.
Fifty-three soldiers were killed on Friday in a “terrorist attack” on a Mali military post in the northeast of the country, the government said. The assault is one of the deadliest strikes against Mali’s military
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a message of congratulations to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali on the occasion of his country's Independence Day, which is marked on 22nd September.
Six of the peacekeepers from the MINUSMA mission were seriously wounded by the attack on the base in the town of Tessalit, spokesman Olivier Salgado told the media. He said it was unclear who was responsible.
Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger, has seen regular militant attacks which have left hundreds dead since the start of 2015 when militant violence began to spread across the Sahel region.
Unidentified assailants killed 38 soldiers during the Sept. 30 attacks, among the heaviest losses for Mali's army this year as it struggles to repel increasingly brazen raids by militant groups, some with links to Al Qaeda and Daesh.
Thirteen French soldiers fighting extremists in Mali were killed in an accident between two helicopters, the French presidency said on Tuesday, the single biggest loss
The sign above the station entrance declares that this is the Dakar-Niger Railway: the start of a trek from the arid Sahel to the tropical Atlantic, 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) away.