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Mali Tuareg Rebels Call off Alliance With Islamists

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels in Mali have called off an agreement with an Islamist group to create an independent, Islamic state in the north of the country. In an e-mailed statement Friday, a senior member of the Tuareg-led National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad said the rebels are pulling out of the agreement to maintain their […]

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Malian Authorities Question Dozens in Presidential Attack Probe

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian government spokesman says authorities have called in 50 people as part of an investigation into the attack last week on interim president Dioncounda Traore. Mr. Traore was injured when protesters overpowered guards at the presidential palace and attacked him in his office. Spokesman Hamadoune Toure told VOA the government would not disclose any […]

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Mali Rebel Groups Merge, Plan to Create Islamic State

Posted May 27th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Tuareg rebels and a militant Islamic sect in Mali say they have joined forces to create an independent, Islamic state in the north. The new alliance is made up of Tuaregs with the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, and members of the al-Qaida-linked extremist group Ansar Dine. The groups say they signed the […]

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US Condemns Mali Violence

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has strongly condemned this week’s violence in Mali and called on coup leader Amadou Sanogo and his allies to stand aside and allow for the restoration of civilian rule. A State Department spokeswoman said Friday that the U.S. calls on Mali’s soldiers to return to their roles as defenders of the constitution. […]

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Malian Interim Government Focused on Transition Goals

Posted May 24th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian government spokesman says the transitional authority remains focused on organizing elections and resolving the Tuareg rebellion in the north, after the country’s interim president was attacked earlier this week. Hamadoune Toure told VOA the government is committed to a deal between interim president Dioncounda Traore, coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo and the Economic […]

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Mali Interim President Flown to Paris for Medical Tests

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s interim president Diouncounda Traore, attacked by protesters who forced their way into the presidential palace this week, went to Paris Wednesday to seek medical treatment. The interim leader’s former chief of staff, Issa Togo, confirmed the trip to VOA . He said Mr. Traore was injured on his forehead when he was beaten earlier […]

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Mali Interim President Flown to Paris for Medical Tests

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A close associate of Mali’s interim president, Dioncounda Traore, says the leader has gone to Paris for medical tests after he was assaulted by a mob of protesters in Bamako. Issa Togo, the interim leader’s former chief of staff, confirmed to VOA that Mr. Traore departed for France on Wednesday. He said Mr. Traore was […]

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Mali Interim President Flown to Paris for Medical Tests

Posted May 23rd, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An aide to Mali’s interim president says the leader is being flown to Paris for medical tests, after being assaulted by protesters in the presidential palace. Chief of Staff Issa Togo confirmed to VOA that interim leader Dioncounda Traore departed for France on Wednesday. Togo said Mr. Traore was injured above the eye and forehead, […]

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UN Chief Condemns Attack on Mali Leader

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned an attack on Mali’s interim president Diancounda Traore and urged the country’s military to provide better protection. In a statement issued Tuesday by his spokesman, the U.N. chief called on the Malian military and security institutions to “fulfill their primary function of protecting the state and its legitimate […]

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Mali Interim President Attacked, Taken to Hospital

Posted May 21st, 2012 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Protesters who broke into Mali’s presidential palace attacked the country’s interim leader, who was rushed to a hospital in the capital, Bamako. Hospital workers said Mali’s interim president, Dioncounda Traore, was released after emergency treatment. The president’s chief of staff told the VOA correspondent in Bamako that Mr. Traore’s life is not in danger. However, […]

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