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Protesters Clash with Rebel Rulers in Northern Mali Town

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali report a clash between protesters and one of the armed groups that controls the area’s major cities. A youth leader in the city of Gao tells VOA that members of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA fired on about 200 protesters who had marched to the group’s local headquarters Tuesday. He says […]

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Protesters Clash with Rebel Rulers in Northern Mali Town

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in northern Mali report a clash between protesters and one of the militant groups that controls the area’s major cities. A youth leader in the city of Gao tells VOA that members of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA fired on about 200 protesters who had marched to the group’s local headquarters Tuesday. He says […]

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Mali PM in Burkina Faso For Talks On Northern Mali

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s interim prime minister, Cheikh Modibo Diarra says his government favors dialogue and negotiation to resolve the conflict with rebels in the North, but is not ruling out force if negotiations fail. Mr. Diarra, and his minister of communication, Hamadoun Toure, were in Burkina Faso Friday to meet with President Blaise Compaore who is serving […]

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In Northern Mali, Many Resent Islamist Restrictions

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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VOA reporter Idriss Fall is one of the first journalists to reach Gao, northern Mali’s largest city, since Islamists seized control of the region several months ago and began enforcing a strict form of Sharia law – banning alcohol and smoking and insisting that women wear veils, among other measures. Fall, a member of VOA’s […]

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Mali Rebels, Militants Clash in North

Posted June 13th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants have clashed in northern Mali, just days after breaking off a brief alliance against the government. A local official in the city of Timbuktu told VOA the two sides exchanged gunfire at a checkpoint on Wednesday, injuring at least two people. Parliament member Baba Haidara said the fighting began after […]

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ECOWAS Losing Patience with Rebels in Northern Mali

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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An official with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional bloc is running out of patience with rebels in northern Mali to relinquish control of key areas. Abdel Fatau Musah, ECOWAS director for external communications, told VOA the bloc may employ “all other measures, including the use of force” if rebels […]

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ECOWAS Losing Patience with Rebels in Northern Mali

Posted June 11th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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An official with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional bloc is running out of patience for rebels in northern Mali to relinquish control of key areas. Abdel Fatau Musah, ECOWAS director for external communications, told VOA it will employ “all other measures, including the use of force” if rebels fail […]

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Mali Rebels Meet With West African Mediator

Posted June 9th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A rebel group seeking to create an independent secular state in northern Mali has met for the first time with the West African mediator for the Malian crisis. Three leaders from the Tuareg-led National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, or MNLA, held talks Saturday with the mediator, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore. Mr. Compaore’s […]

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African Leaders Seeking UN Military Help in Mali

Posted June 8th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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African leaders meeting in Ivory Coast are calling for United Nations backing for military intervention in northern Mali, which is currently controlled by rebels. Members of the African Union, the western African group, ECOWAS, and the United Nations Thursday agreed the AU should ask the United Nations Security Council for intervention in restoring Mali’s territorial […]

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Niger President: Pakistanis, Afghans Train Islamists in Mali

Posted June 7th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou says jihadi fighters from Pakistan and Afghanistan are training members of Islamist groups in northern Mali. Mr. Issoufou told the “France 24” news channel in the capital, Niamey, Thursday the government has information on the presence of Afghans and Pakistanis in northern Mali operating as trainers. He said the foreigners are […]

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