Mali - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Mali


International appeal for calm in Mali after protest deaths

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Mali's European allies and regional partners are anxious, given the country's poverty, ethnic mix, and strategic location at the heart of the Sahel

CLASHES. In this file photo, protesters gestures on a barricade put up in front of the Salam mosque of Badalabougou, where the influent Imam Mahmoud Dicko led a prayer dedicated to the victims of the clashes of the past two days in Bamako on July 12, 2020. File photo by Michele Cattani/AFP

Mystery beheadings stir fear in remote Mali town

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:01 AM

Dead bodies are usually found in the morning, without a pool of blood around them – suggesting that the killers collected the blood

LEFT BEHIND. Personal objects that belonged to Bakary Sangaré are seen in his home, in Fana on June 30, 2020, a few weeks after he was brutally murdered. Photo by Michele Catani/AFP

Mali president dissolves constitutional court after unrest

Jul 12, 2020 - 11:11 AM

The court has been at the center of controversy for months since it overturned provisional results for a parliamentary poll, triggering protests in several cities

Mali tense after deadly anti-government protests

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita orders an investigation into the unrest

PROTEST. A man holds a sign reading "Release Soumaila" during a meeting organized to call for the release of opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, kidnapped in central Mali on March 25, during the campaign for parliamentary elections in Bamako on July 2, 2020. Photo by Michelle Cattani/AFP

IMF approves emergency virus loans for Mali, Ethiopia

May 01, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The International Monetary Fund grants $411 million to Ethiopia and $200 million to Mali for their coronavirus response

VOTING. Voters stand in a queue to vote at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Gao, Mali, on March 29, 2020. Photo by Souleymane Ag Anara / AFP

Malians head to polls, braving conflict and coronavirus

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:58 AM

This election is the country's first parliamentary poll since 2013

A woman with her child gets ready to cast her ballot at a polling station in Bamako on August 12, 2018 during the second round of Mali's presidential elections. / AFP PHOTO / Michele CATTANI

Mali votes despite coronavirus, security fears

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The poll will see new MPs elected to the 147-seat National Assembly for the first time since 2013

Mali declares 1st coronavirus cases

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:24 PM

Two Malian nationals who arrived from France in mid-March test positive for the virus

TEST. A Malian researcher conducts a COVID-19 test, at the University Clinical Research Center of Bamako, on March 19, 2020. File photo by Michele Cattani/AFP

Western couple abducted in Burkina in 2018 found alive in Mali

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:05 PM

UN mission in Mali head Mahamat Saleh Annadif says the couple managed to escape their captors

FREED. Italian Luca Tacchetto (L) and Canadian Edith Blais (C) are greeted by officials as they arrive at the airport in Bamako on March 14, 2020, after their release by UN peacekeepers. Photo by Michelle Cattani/AFP

40 killed in attacks in restive central Mali

Feb 15, 2020 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities say most of the deaths were caused by inter-ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region

WhatsApp becomes battleground in Mali's jihad conflict

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Sermons relayed through the app by jihadist leader Amadou Koufa are luring young men to join his ranks, says imam Hama Cisse

WHATSAPP. Photo by Stan Honda/AFP

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Mali attacks on 50 soldiers

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:18 PM

The strikes underscore the fragility of an area straddling several West African countries battling increasing jihadist violence that has claimed hundreds of lives

6 killed in Mali attack on pro-government forces

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Four more people are missing after the attack in strife-torn northeastern Mali

Suspected jihadists kill 10 Mali soldiers – security source

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The latest attacks come as President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita pursued consultations to pick a new prime minister

U.N. sends team to probe Mali massacre

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The UN has sent a team of 10 human rights officers, a child protection officer and two crime scene investigators to the Mopti region to investigate the attack

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by the Malian presidential communication and public relations service (Cellule Communication et Relations Publiques de la Presdience du Mali) on March 25, 2019, shows a soldier walking among rubble of a house destroyed during an attack on March 23, on the village of Ogassogou, near Mopti, where over 130 Fulani villagers, including women and children, were killed. AFP PHOTO / MALIAN PRESIDENCY

More than 130 killed in Mali massacre as U.N. visits

Mar 24, 2019 - 12:58 PM

A security source tells Agence France-Presse the victims, which included women and children, were shot or hacked to death with machetes

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

U.N. condemns 'vile' killing of 8 peacekeepers in Mali

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN's special representative for Mali, says the 'cowardly' attack 'demands a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces'

Mali says foiled New Year's Eve terror attacks

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Authorities say the suspects earlier 'took part in the double attack on March 2 in Ouagadougou' as well as the abduction of a Colombian nun in February 2017 in southern Mali

Mali's re-elected Keita sworn in as peacekeeeper wounded

Sep 05, 2018 - 3:08 PM

His re-election comes despite fierce criticism of failures to tackle jihadist violence and ethnic tensions that have rocked the poor Sahel state

RE-ELECTED. In this file photo, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018. File photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

Counting under way after Mali's violence-marred poll

Jul 31, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Candidates and authorities praise the first round of voting on Sunday, July 29, relieved that the violence caused no casualties

ELECTIONS. Malians watch newspapers in a street of Bamako on July 30, 2018 a day after conutry's presidential election. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Mali votes in key election for violence-hit Sahel

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:41 PM

His record on security has been a dominant theme, with opponents, including several former ministers, accusing him of incompetence

VOTE. Malian outgoing president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018 during the first round of Malian presidential election, a key electoral test for the fragile Sahel state, battling a wave of ethnic violence and jihadism. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

32 Fulani civilians killed in Mali attack – local group

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Armed Dozo hunters, linked to the Dogon ethnic group, are suspected of ambushing the isolated village of Koumaga in the Mopti region on Saturday, killing dozens of Fulani herders, including children

Migrant 'Spiderman' who saved child praised by France's Macron

May 29, 2018 - 8:23 AM

But several aid groups accuse President Emmanuel Macron of 'political exploitation,' 'hypocrisy,' and covering up a harsh policy towards migrants

'SPIDERMAN.' French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May, 28, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Peacekeeper shot dead in northern Mali – UN

Apr 07, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Mali is one of the most dangerous UN missions, with more than 150 peacekeepers killed since 2013

UN reports 31 allegations of sex abuse and exploitation

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:47 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is 'obviously disappointed and saddened that these actions continue,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Troops killed in attack on U.S.-Niger patrol

Oct 05, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The attack marks the first US combat casualties in Niger, where Washington provides training and security assistance

3 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:02 PM

(UPDATED) 5 other soldiers are seriously wounded after their vehicle hit an explosive device

United Nations to vote on Mali sanctions regime

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:44 PM

The move is backed by Mali s government which earlier told the council that repeated ceasefire violations by jihadists threatened to derail a 2015 peace agreement ending years of fighting with the insurgents in the north

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

At a time when terrorism is striking everywhere in the world we cannot let the Sahel region become a new haven for terrorist organizations from the entire world French ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre tells the council

FRANCOIS DELATTRE. France's Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre arrives for a Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York on May 16, 2017. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:41 AM

The assault on the Kangaba Le Campement resort comes after a similar strike less than two years ago on a luxury hotel in Bamako

CAPITAL. This file photo taken on March 21, 2017 shows the N'golonina district and Niger river in the Malian capital Bamako. Sebastien Rieussec/AFP

5 Mali soldiers killed in attack on military camp

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:24 PM

UPDATED All the camp s military material was ransacked adds a local official

Al-Qaeda-linked group claims deadly UN base attack

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The Group to Support Islam and Muslims also known as Jamaat Nusrat al Islam wal Muslimeen in Arabic is a fusion of 3 Malian groups with previous Al Qaeda links formed in March

French Open player banned after attempting to kiss reporter against her will

May 31, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Maxime Hamou is banned from the Roland Garros site after grabbing a TV reporter around the neck and attempting to kiss her against her will

BANNED. "If it hadn't been live on air, I would have punched him," reporter Maly Thomas said of the unwanted advance. Screenshot from YouTube

Macron in Mali's restive north for morale-boosting visit

May 19, 2017 - 11:40 AM

President Emmanuel Macron will address French soldiers stationed in the city of Gao in Mali s deeply troubled north

IN MALI. In this file photo, then French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron looks on prior to a debate organized by the French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, between the eleven candidates for the French presidential election, on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis near Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP

Mali arrests two suspects in planned terror attack

Jan 28, 2017 - 12:16 PM

The attack was planned for the France Africa summit on January 13 and 14 but stringent security measures forced the suspects to delay their plans

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. In this file photo, some 30 African leaders and French President Francois Hollande gather for an Africa-France summit to discuss the jihadist threat, challenges to governance and the migrant crisis. File photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Gambian crisis takes center stage at Mali summit

Jan 14, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has made clear he will not stand aside until the country s Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the results of last month s polls

AFRICA-FRANCE SUMMIT. Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and France's President Francois Hollande (C) pose with African leaders for a family picture at the start of the Africa-France summit in Bamako on January 14, 2017. Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Africa, France battling same threat, Hollande says in Mali

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The terrorists who attack our land who commit acts on our soil are allied with those who are in the Levant in Iraq and Syria but here as well in the Sahel says French President Francois Hollande

'SAME FIGHT.' French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech to the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Africa's Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali on January 13, 2017. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Search for French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:13 PM

UPDATED Aid worker Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday December 24 France s foreign ministry says

Malian jihadist begs forgiveness for Timbuktu attacks

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi pleads guilty to destroying centuries old sites in Timbuktu

epa05506541 Suspected Islamist militant Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi appears at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, 22 August 2016, at the start of his trial on charges of involvement in the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu. Prosecutors allege that Al Mahdi was a member of an al Qaida-linked occupying force that destroyed most of Timbuktu's World Heritage-listed mausoleums in 2012. EPA/PATRICK POST / POOL

14 killed in Mali land dispute – local official

Jun 26, 2016 - 6:26 PM

A land dispute between villagers from Koussouma and Mougna has been ongoing for two years

Locator map of Mali

4 UN Mali mission staff killed in attack

Jun 01, 2016 - 9:34 PM

The last month alone sees 3 attacks on members of the mission known as MINUSMA fueling concern over its future with 65 killed in under 3 years

5 UN peacekeepers killed in Mali attack

May 30, 2016 - 12:04 AM

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali condemns the attack as an odious act of terror

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP

Report blames deadly Air Algerie crash on pilot errors

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:06 PM

The final report on a 2014 Air Algerie airliner crash that killed 116 people says the accident was largely due to the pilots failing to activate the plane s anti icing system

AFTERMATH. A French soldier and a journalist look at debris of the Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. Photo by Sia Kambou / AFP

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

Malian jihadist accused of war crimes for Timbuktu attack

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi is the first person to face a war crimes charge for an attack on a cultural monument

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows a still from a video of Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu. The trial of a Malian jihadist charged with war crimes for ordering the 2012 destruction of 14 mausoleums of Muslim saints resumes in March 2016 at the International Criminal Court (ICC). / AFP / STR

Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Timbuktu founded in the 11th century was one of the great centers of Islamic learning in the world a center of civilization at a time when Europe was in the dark ages

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

6 UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

Feb 13, 2016 - 10:32 AM

The latest attacks highlight the vulnerability of Mali s sprawling arid north where UN troops and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who seized vast swathes of territory in 2012

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP