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AFRICANGLOBE - Pro-government militias withdrew from a flashpoint town in northern Mali on Friday, removing a key obstacle to a long-delayed U.N.-backed peace deal due to be signed this weekend.
AFFRICANGLOBE - 15 May 2015 marked the official signing of the long awaited peace and reconciliation agreement between Mali's government and the Arab and Tuareg rebel groups. These are the same groups who in 2012 took up arms against the central state in a rebellion, claiming an independent northern territory called 'Azawad.'
AFRICANGLOBE - Mali's defence ministry said nine soldiers were killed in an attack by Tuareg invaders on a town near the border with Mauritania. Wednesday's attack on the town of Lere, southwest of Timbuktu, was the latest in a series of clashes between the nomads, the Malian army, and a militia allied to the government.
AFRICANGLOBE - In 2012 Tuareg savages and Muslim terrorists took over northern Mali, imposing draconian-style Islam on an already devout people. The invaders destroyed crucial works of Malian heritage including the tombs of African saints listed with UNESCO, the UN cultural protection agency.
AFRICANGLOBE - Mali is looking to its $9.5 billion worth railway projects to help open up its economy as improved transport links would attract investors to under-explored resources such as iron ore, bauxite and uranium that are bulkier and more costly to transport than gold- the country’s current economic mainstay.
AFRICANGLOBE - France may be shutting down its military operation in Mali, but that doesn’t mean French troops are going anywhere anytime soon. Instead, Operation Serval will be replaced by the bigger, brasher and bolder Operation Barkhan, France’s master plan
AFRICANGLOBE - Mali is to introduce compulsory national military service for men and women aged 18 to 35, the government announced, after clashes between northern Tuareg separatists and the army last month.
AFRICANGLOBE - Mali's prime minister, Moussa Mara, has said his country is now "at war" with Tuareg terrorists, following a battle between government forces and members of the nomadic terrorist group that killed at least 36 people, the defence ministry said.
AFRICANGLOBE - France and Germany say they will deploy troops to Mali as part of a joint military brigade in the West African country. "France and Germany have decided to send elements of the Franco-German Brigade to Mali; the first deployment under the aegis of the EU and in an African location," said a joint statement issued on Wednesday.
AFRICANGLOBE - Some 90 per cent of the 11th century archaeological site of Gao Saneye in northern Mali was pillaged by Muslim terrorists during their seizure of the region in 2012, traditional musical instruments and costumes were destroyed, and a World Heritage site mosque needs urgent repairs, United Nations cultural officials reported today.
AFRICANGLOBE - Germany's new defence minister said Sunday her country should engage more strongly in Africa by sending additional military trainers to Mali and supporting the French intervention in Central African Republic.
AFRICANGLOBE - A French counter-terrorism offensive in rebel-infested northern Mali ended on Friday with 11 terrorists killed and a French soldier wounded, military sources inside the operation told reporters. “The French military operation in the Timbuktu region is completed. Eleven terrorists were killed. A French soldier was wounded but his life is not in danger,” said an official from France's Operation Serval military mission in its former colony.
AFRICANGLOBE - The region around Bandiagara, in central Mali's Mopti Region, is struggling to cope with the dual crises. Nestled among giant boulders at the base of the Bandiagara Escarpment is the village of Nombori, home to around 1,200 ethnic Dogon people. There, Pilif Guindo's small clinic is struggling to cope with a steady increase in child malnutrition.
AFRICANGLOBE - An ethnic Tuareg terrorist group in Mali has said it is ending a ceasefire agreed with the government in June. It comes a day after clashes between Malian troops and Tuareg hooligans who prevented a visit by Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly to the town of Kidal.
AFRICANGLOBE - Today, 4 September 2013, the new president of Mali will be inaugurated. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was voted into office in August with an overwhelming majority. It had been a high-risk election, held against the background of a multidimensional crisis with regional consequences.