New African Union Chief Puts Peace Back On the Agenda
[ISS] The scene is not a familiar one at the African Union (AU): the AU Commission (AUC) chairperson, in shirtsleeves, walking in the blazing sun down an unpaved alley in a war-torn country. Yet this picture of Moussa Faki Mahamat, the new AUC chairperson, on a visit to South Sudan, is probably the first of many.
Mali Too Hot for Half of Bundeswehr MINUSMA Vehicles
[Deutsche Welle] Bundeswehr service vehicles can't take Mali's heat, a German newspaper reported. According to the daily, only about half of German military vehicles sent to a UN base in the West African desert are still running.
Mali Militants Frustrate Peace Keepers
[CAJ News] Bamako -PEACE keepers in Mali are enduring daily attacks from militants thriving on the anarchy prevailing in the country. Two attacks have been recorded this week, which left several members of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma) and civilians injured. A vehicle belonging to the peacekeeping mission has struck an improvised explosive device or mine about 30 kilometres south of Tessalit in the Kidal region. The vehicle, part of an escort of a logistics convoy, has
President Elects Allies in Key Govt Position Ahead of Crucial Polls - Report
[News24Wire] Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has reportedly reshuffled his government, bringing in loyalists who are seen as important allies in preparation for re-election next year.
Mebarki received by Malian Premier
[Algerie Presse Service] Algiers -Minister of Vocational Training Mohamed Mebareki has been received Friday in Bamako by the Malian Premier Modibo Keita, announced the ministry in a communiquĂ©.
President Announces New Prime Minister
[Deutsche Welle] Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita made the announcement on state-owned television. The previous prime minister, Modibo Keita, served as prime minister since 2015.
Deaf Scorpions Appeals for Support to Participate in Bamako Tournament
[Daily Observer] The West Africa Deaf Sports Union (WADSU) in conjunction with Mali Deaf Sports Federation with support of the ECOWAS/Youth Sports Development Centre (EYSDC) has invited The Gambia National Deaf Football team to participate in the 7th edition of the West Africa Deaf Football Tournament (WADFT 2017), scheduled to be held in Mali - Bamako National Sports Stadium, from May 6th - 12th, 2017.
Chambers of Commerce Discusses Mali's Needs From Sudanese Products
[SNA] Khartoum -The Federation of Chambers of Commerce (CBU) has affirmed readiness to meet the needs of the markets in the state of Mali from the Sudanese commodities, stressing its intension to open new markets in the African countries to support the efforts being exerted to maximize Sudanese exports.
Call for Investigation into Spate of Killings By Armed Groups
[HRW] Nairobi -Armed groups have carried out a wave of killings in central Mali since January 2017. The killings, by Islamist armed groups, self-defense militias, and, to a lesser extent, government soldiers, have resulted in at least 52 deaths, led to the displacement of over 10,000 people, and dramatically elevated ethnic tensions. Malian authorities should investigate and prosecute all those responsible.
Desperate or Dangerous? The Jihadist Merger
[ISS] A merger of some of the most notorious groups based in Mali is the latest face of jihadism in the Sahel. Under the new banner of JamĂ˘'ah Nusrah al-IslĂ˘m wal-MuslimĂ®n (Group for the support of Islam and Muslims), or JNIM, the group has claimed responsibility for several attacks carried out in Central Mali, the latest of which occurred on 29 March killing three Malian soldiers.
Gao Between Fear and Hope
[Deutsche Welle] A unity conference began in Mali's capital, Bamako, to kick-start reconciliation as mandated by a peace accord signed in 2015. It's a step towards stabilizing the whole country. But what do Malians in the north hope for?
Tuareg Factions to Boycott Mali Peace Conference
[Al Jazeera] Mali's main Tuareg factions say they will boycott talks with the government next week on implementing a 2015 peace agreement, dimming hopes of attaining peace in the West African country.