Mar 22, 2013 05:03 EDT
In the furnace of the Ifoghas mountains, a purgatory of dust and sharp black rock straddling the Mali-Algeria border, soldiers hunt down a ghost-like enemy, invisible but ever present.
Mar 21, 2013 16:50 EDT
The United States on Thursday placed Mali's Islamist Ansar Dine on its terror blacklist, accusing the group of close links with Al-Qaeda and of torturing and killing opponents in northern Mali.
Mar 21, 2013 16:02 EDT
A Malian soldier died in Timbuktu's first suicide bombing as the city came under assault overnight, triggering clashes in which 10 Islamist fighters died, military officials said Thursday.
Mar 21, 2013 14:22 EDT
The United Nations will appoint an independent expert to investigate and help improve the human rights situation in war-torn Mali, the UN Human Rights Council decided Thursday.
Mar 21, 2013 10:18 EDT
UN envoy Christopher Ross said on Thursday that a solution to the decades-old Western Sahara conflict was "more urgent than ever" after meeting top Moroccan officials on a visit aimed at reviving stalled peace talks.
Mar 21, 2013 09:15 EDT
France said Thursday around ten Islamist fighters and one Malian soldier had been killed in overnight fighting near Timbuktu airport in northern Mali.
Mar 21, 2013 04:47 EDT
Exchanges of gunfire broke out in Mali's Timbuktu on Wednesday night after armed men attempted to enter the fabled city by force, a local government source said.
Mar 20, 2013 18:46 EDT
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday hailed France's military intervention in Mali in a phone call with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, thanking Paris for its "active leadership," officials said.
Mar 20, 2013 18:15 EDT
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday said Mali's sovereignty over almost all of its territory would be restored within "a few days".
Mar 20, 2013 16:16 EDT
Paris was scrambling Wednesday to verify a claim by Al-Qaeda's north African branch that it has executed a French hostage in retaliation for France's military intervention in Mali.
Mar 20, 2013 14:02 EDT
French troops will begin pulling out of troubled Mali "from the end of April", French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told parliament on Wednesday.
Mar 20, 2013 12:39 EDT
A year after a coup which opened the door to the Islamist invasion of northern Mali, politicians are split over the nation's readiness for elections as it remains entangled in a war with the extremists.
Mar 19, 2013 22:31 EDT
A French hostage has been executed in Mali, a man claiming to be a spokesman for Al-Qaeda in North Africa told Mauritania's ANI news agency.
Mar 19, 2013 13:59 EDT
Mali's media announced on Tuesday they would continue a boycott of government coverage in protest over the detention of a journalist who published a letter criticising the former military junta chief.
Mar 19, 2013 13:50 EDT
A group of key countries on Tuesday pressed Morocco and Western Sahara rebels not to block efforts by a United Nations envoy to renew peace talks between the two.
Mar 18, 2013 10:17 EDT
German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrived in Mali on Monday where he is to meet German soldiers deployed to support French and African troops fighting Islamist rebels.
Mar 18, 2013 06:36 EDT
German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere is due in Mali on Monday where he is to meet German soldiers deployed to support French and African troops fighting Islamist rebels.
Mar 18, 2013 05:53 EDT
Talks resume Monday on a United Nations treaty to regulate the sale of conventional arms -- amid roadblocks put up by some of the world's key players.
Mar 17, 2013 23:23 EDT
Close to the banks of the Niger river, men in the north Malian city of Gao gather at nightfall to drink beer, in one of the daily signs of life in a town whose residents are working to wipe out all traces of hardline Islamist occupation.
Mar 17, 2013 18:45 EDT
US President Barack Obama will effectively begin to build the global legacy he will leave behind on the first foreign trip of his second term next week to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.
Facts from the Wikipedia page:
|Republic of Mali
République du Mali
|Motto: "Un peuple, un but, une foi"|
"One people, one goal, one faith"
|Anthem: Le Mali|
(and largest city)
|-||President||Amadou Toumani Touré|
|-||Prime Minister||Modibo Sidibé|
|-||Declared||September 22, 1960|
|-||Total||1,240,192 km2 (24th)|
478,839 sq mi
|-||2009 estimate||13,010,000 (71st)|
|GDP (PPP)||2008 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2008 estimate|
|Gini (1994)||50.5 (high)|
|HDI (2007)||▲ 0.380 (low) (173rd)|
|Currency||West African CFA franc (|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC+0)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC+0)|
|Drives on the||right|