French Troops in Major Anti-Al Qaida Operation in Mali
[RFI]French troops are locked in a major offensive against Al Qaida in northern Mali, military sources have told RFI. Nineteen jihadi fighters were killed in a clash north of Timbuktu at the weekend, they say.
Government Accused of Censoring News Site
[CPJ]New York -The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports a Malian website based in Paris has been threatened by Mali's government after posting an Associated Press (AP) story today implicating Malian soldiers in extrajudicial killings.
French Forces Kill 19 Islamist Fighters in North Mali
[SNA]Bamako -French forces have killed 19 Islamist fighters during security operations in Mali's northern region of Timbuktu, a senior French officer in the West African nation said on Tuesday.
Battalion Sigui - End Training Ceremony
[PR Newswire]Bamako, Mali -The training of the battalion ┬╗ Sigui ┬╗ *, by EUTM mission, officially came to an end on Saturday, December 7th during a ceremony which attended general Bruno Guibert, commanding the European mission of training in Mali (EUTM Mali), the highest Malian military authorities among which general chief of staff of the armies, general Mahamane Tour├ę and the civil and military authorities of the international missions present in Mali.
International Monetary Fund Pushes Mali to Cut Fossil Fuel Subsidies
[AlertNet]Bamako -The International Monetary Fund has asked Mali to reduce its fossil fuel subsidies during negotiations on financial assistance to the West African state. But Malians fear such a move could result in costlier electricity and rising poverty.
World Bank Approves Funds to Boost Infrastructure, Economic Productivity, Climate Resiliency
[World Bank]Washington -The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved US$121.42 million in grants to support the Government of Mali as it works to rehabilitate basic infrastructure and restore productive economic activity, and address climate change impacts while building resiliency in communities that have been impacted by the country's recent crisis.
Defense Ministry Clarifies Soldiers Payment in Mali
[Informer]The Defense Ministry Monday said it recognizes that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Platoon in Mali has not received their monthly allowances from United Nations accounts, but said this was a result of special arrangements. The accounts are for individuals serving the United Nations Mission and are considered escrow accounts which have already been opened at the Central Bank of Liberia, the ministry said in a release clarifying a report on Truth FM Monday.
The Tuareg and the Terror
[Africa In Fact]The future of the Tuareg in Mali has never seemed more uncertain.
Mercenaries Recruited for Mali
[NEWS]The latest report of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Liberia has released detailed accounts of cross border activities amongst former combatants within the region and the recruitment of mercenaries in Liberia for Mali revealed the incapacity of the Government of Liberia to exercise its authority across the borders.
China Sends Security Force for Peacekeeping Mission in Mali
[Focac]Harbin -China sent 135 peacekeepers on Tuesday for a peacekeeping mission to Mali, marking the first time the country has dispatched security forces for a peacekeeping mission.
End of Training Exercise for the "Sigui" Battalion
[PR Newswire]Bamako, Mali -From the 2nd to the 4th of December took place the final exercise for "Sigui" battalion of the Malian Armed Forces. It has been the last step before completion of their 10 weeks training period provided by the European Union training mission for Mali (EUTM Mali). During this time, the Malian unit has improved his individual and group combat skills, and has largely increased its ability to plan and conduct operations in a framework likely to be faced in the near future.
Willom Tight in Salif Keita Collaboration
[New Zimbabwe]MUSIC sensation Wilbroad Muponda, aka Willom Tight has just released another scorcher - this time an international album entitled "Manifesto" that features one of Africa's most celebrated musicians, Salif Keita.
Soldiers' Deaths Probed in Civilian Investigation
[Deutsche Welle]Malian authorities have found a mass grave believed to contain bodies of missing soldiers. The discovery comes as President Keita seeks to assert civilian control over the army, which has been accused of rights abuses.
France Strives to Keep African Influence At Paris Summit
[RFI]"The world is in mourning" for Nelson Mandela, French President Fran├žois Hollande told a summit on peace and security in Africa as it opened on Friday. Over 50 representatives of African countries will discuss conflict resolution and Hollande will try to convince them to keep doing business with France.
Mali, Sahel and the Paris Summit
[Centre 4s]On the eve of the Africa - France Summit on Peace and Security, to be held on 6 and 7 December in Paris, two important questions will impose themselves on the Agenda. First, what next in Mali Sahel and second, what linkages with the larger region both the Central African Republic where Paris is sending troupes and the other hot spots: Egypt, Libya and Tunisia? Ending a long and deep crisis.
Mali Must Urgently Identify Bodies Found in Mass Grave
[AI London]Authorities in Mali must urgently identify the 21 bodies found in a mass grave last night, believed to belong to soldiers abducted in May 2012, Amnesty International said.
Malian Arms 'Whistleblower' Accuses Police of Vendetta
[Concord]A Malian man who is being investigated at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda for allegedly providing false intelligence to Sierra Leonean security operatives have accused the police of having a vendetta against him.
ICRC Presents Ambitious Yet Realistic Budget to Meet Growing Needs in 2014
[PR Newswire]Geneva -While millions of people in Syria, Mali, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo struggle to cope with the devastating consequences of armed conflict, millions more are quietly experiencing a similar fate in lesser-known places such as the Central African Republic. All need help. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which works in more than 80 countries all over the world, is asking its donors for 1.29 billion Swiss francs (1.05 billion euros, or 1.33 billion US dollars) to cover i
German Troops Help Prepare Malian Army for Combat in the North
[Deutsche Welle]Northern Mali is still troubled by sporadic violence as demands by Tuareg rebels for autonomy remain unresolved. EU nations have been training the Malian army so it can meet such security challenges more effectively.
Education Struggling to Gear Up in Mbera Camp
[IRIN]Mbera -Just 4,298 of the 14,000 primary school-aged children in Mbera refugee camp in eastern Mauritania are enrolled in camp schools, aid agencies estimate.