Jan 15, 2013 08:46 EST
The first African troops were bound for Mali on Tuesday to shore up a five-day old French military offensive that has sent Islamist insurgents fleeing from their northern strongholds.
Jan 15, 2013 07:48 EST
French warplanes hit a town newly-seized by Islamists in Mali on Tuesday as African troops prepared to join the offensive which has sent the jihadists fleeing from their northern strongholds.
Jan 15, 2013 03:00 EST
A contingent of 750 French troops has joined the offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali, French President Francois Hollande said in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after France secured fresh UN backing for its military action.
Jan 15, 2013 01:41 EST
France secured fresh UN backing for its military action in Mali and reinforced its ground forces with an armoured column after driving Islamists from their northern bases with air strikes.
Jan 14, 2013 21:28 EST
French air strikes forced Islamist guerrillas to flee towns in northern Mali and Paris secured new international support for military action as the militants struck back, seizing a small western town.
Jan 14, 2013 18:22 EST
France's defending champion Stephane Peterhansel took a huge step towards his 11th Dakar Rally win on Monday as his main rival Nasser Al-Attiyah struggled during the ninth stage, the longest of the race.
Jan 14, 2013 16:35 EST
Islamist fighters in Mali fled their key bases as they were pounded by a fourth day of French airstrikes on Monday, seizing a small town in the government-held south and vowing revenge attacks on France.
Jan 14, 2013 14:24 EST
Islamist forces on Monday seized control of a town in a fresh attack on Mali's government-held south and vowed to strike "at the heart" of France as it waged a fourth day of airstrikes against them.
Jan 14, 2013 11:40 EST
The United States embassy in South Africa Monday named a consulate worker who was stabbed to death in Johannesburg over the weekend as an information management officer.
Jan 14, 2013 10:20 EST
Islamist forces on Monday seized control of a town in a fresh attack in Mali's government-held south and vowed to strike "at the heart" of France as it waged a fourth day of airstrikes against them.
Jan 14, 2013 08:01 EST
Former South Africa captain Steven Pienaar set up several chances that were wasted as Everton could only draw 0-0 at home to Swansea at the weekend in the English Premier League.
Jan 14, 2013 07:41 EST
Islamist forces on Monday launched a fresh attack in Mali's government-held south and vowed to strike "at the heart" of France to avenge a fierce military offensive against them.
Jan 14, 2013 05:40 EST
Islamist forces based in northern Mali vowed Monday to avenge France's fierce military offensive against them on French soil.
Jan 13, 2013 21:45 EST
French warplanes have struck further north in Mali, pounding Islamist strongholds and forcing the insurgents to flee, as preparations for the African intervention force took shape in the capital.
Jan 13, 2013 12:22 EST
French jets destroyed Islamist targets in northern Mali Sunday, forcing insurgents to retreat on the third day of a game-changing intervention that has been met with relief by the population and spurred the region into action.
Jan 13, 2013 11:58 EST
An emergency summit of leaders from west African bloc ECOWAS will meet in Abidjan on January 19, Ivorian Minister for African Integration Ally Coulibaly said Sunday, as the region readies troops to assist Mali in its fight against Islamists.
Jan 13, 2013 10:52 EST
Since June, northern Mali has fallen under the control of several hardline Islamist groups linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, raising fears in the West and region that the country could become a safe haven for terrorists.
Jan 13, 2013 09:47 EST
French forces on Sunday carried out airstrikes in Mali for a third straight day and extended their bombing campaign to the northern strongholds of Islamist forces they are trying to drive out of the centre of the country.
Jan 13, 2013 09:16 EST
French Mirage fighter jets on Sunday pounded Mali for a third straight day and a top Islamist leader was reported killed as African troops headed to the west African country.
Jan 13, 2013 00:45 EST
The first troops promised by African nations were expected in Mali Sunday to join local forces who, backed by French air support, have driven back an advance by Islamist fighters.