Mali

Mali hotel attack: '170 hostages seized' in Bamako

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Gunmen shouting 'God is great!' have seized control of Radisson Blu Hotel in capital of Mali where French troops intervened in 2013.

Malian president in France to seek support for peace process

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President Hollande greeted visit of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta by announcing total of 360 million euros in loans and grants to Mali by 2017.

At least 12 dead as French-assisted raid ends Mali siege

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Four UN contractors freed in raid, but Mali's UN peacekeeping operation MINUSMA said 5 people associated with mission had died.

Two French nationals among suspected Islamist militants arrested in Mali

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Malian police said among the 20 'presumed jihadists' arrested is a man wanted for an attack in March on a Bamako restaurant that left five dead.

French special forces kill al-Qaeda commander in Mali

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The French army said Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene, an operations chief for al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, died in a firefight in northern Mali.

French soldiers stalked by invisible enemy in Mali

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French troops who routed jihadists in Mali in 2013 are now waging attritional campaign against shadowy fighters who use 'hit and run' tactics.

Eavesdropped chats of Mali president deal major diplomatic blow to François Hollande

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The conversations of two African heads of state have been eavesdropped by French police during a major investigation into alleged corruption by a French businessman. The transcripts of the phone-tapped conversations involving Mali's president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, known as IBK, and Gabon's Ali Bongo reveal a vast system of gifts and favours apparently provided by controversial Corsican businessman Michel Tomi, who has been dubbed the “godfather to the godfathers”. As far as the judges investigating the case are concerned, the phone taps reveal corruption. And for French president François Hollande the content of the transcripts involving IBK will come as a devastating and embarrassing diplomatic blow. For much of Hollande's African policy has been based on the symbolic success of his old socialist friend IBK, who was voted in as president of Mali just months after Paris sent in troops to end an Islamic insurgency there. IBK's election was supposed to usher in a fresh start for Mali and a new era of French diplomacy in Africa. That narrative now looks to be in ruins. Fabrice Arfi, Ellen Salvi, Lénaïg Bredoux and Thomas Cantaloube report.

France says special forces killed two Islamist chiefs in Sahel region

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One of the men killed was named as Amada Ag Hama, who has been linked to the murder of two French journalists in 2013.

French jihadist, 60, sentenced by Paris court to eight years in jail

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Gilles Le Guen, arrested in Mali by French troops, is the first to be convicted under a 2012 law allowing prosecution for waging Jihad abroad.

Ageing French 'jihadist' stands trial in Paris

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Gilles Le Guen, 60, faces ten years in jail for allegedly collaborating with Al-Qaeda’s branch in Mali, where he was captured in 2013.

Hollande's foreign 'success story' in tatters as Mali heads for partition

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When French troops intervened in Mali in early 2013 the aim was to shore up a faltering regime and help bring stability and strong government to the former colony. Instead just over two years later the African nation seems on the edge of a political catastrophe. There has been a growing number of attacks and armed clashes in the country and the United Nations mission that replaced the French military operation has suffered heavy casualties. Meanwhile there has been little or no political progress domestically as everyone waits for the signature of a peace agreement which will result in a de facto partition of the country. Thomas Cantaloube reports.

Surge in militant attacks in Mali challenges French and UN forces

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Mali, French and UN troops face attacks similar to those employed by Islamist militant movements Boko Haram in Nigeria and Somalia’s al-Shabaab.

French commandos free Dutch hostage from al-Qaeda group in northern Mali

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Sjaak Rijke, a Dutch train conductor kidnapped from a Timbuktu restaurant in November 2011, was freed in a dawn raid by French troops.

France is 'replacing UK as America’s top ally in Europe'

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Two US experts argue France is only big NATO  power in Europe with military capability and political will to tackle threats to Atlantic Alliance.

French citizen among those killed in Mali attack

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Also gunned down in the attack on a restaurant in the capital Bamako was a Belgian security officer with the EU delegation in Mali.