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UN Chief Backs Mali Intervention, Prefers Dialogue

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the Security Council could authorize a military mission to help Mali’s interim government retake control of the country’s north, but that dialogue should be a priority. In a report Wednesday to the Council, Mr. Ban said “fundamental questions” remain about sustaining, training, equipping and financing a 3,300-troop force. He also […]

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French National Kidnapped in Mali

Posted November 21st, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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A French citizen has been kidnapped in Mali, raising the total number of French hostages in the country to seven. French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday confirmed media reports that a French national was kidnapped in southwestern Mali. He said the region is not where, in his words, “there is the most danger.” Al-Qaida-linked Islamist […]

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AU Endorses Mali Military Intervention

Posted November 14th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union has endorsed a plan for military intervention to help oust Islamist militants from northern Mali. Following AU approval Tuesday, the proposal must now clear the United Nations Security Council. AU Peace and Security Council Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra urged the world body to authorize an initial one-year deployment. He says the effort aims […]

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West African Leaders Approve Military Plan for Mali

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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West African leaders have approved a military strategy to help Mali retake control of the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Leaders from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed on an African force made up of some 3,000 troops with a one-year mandate. The majority of the troops would come […]

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West African Leaders Meet, Discuss Military Plan for Mali

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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West African leaders met in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss a military strategy to help Mali retake control of the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Leaders from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States gathered in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Sunday to approve the blueprint, which was drawn up by African […]

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AU Lifts Mali Suspension

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The African Union has lifted its suspension of Mali as it works on plans to send a military force to the West African nation. AU officials say Mali is again allowed to participate in all the organization’s activities and meetings. The AU suspended Mali in March after a group of soldiers staged a coup just […]

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Leaders Meeting to Coordinate Roadmap for Mali

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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International leaders meet Friday in Mali’s capital to discuss ways of ousting al-Qaida-linked Islamist groups who control the country’s north. The meeting in Bamako will include representatives from the United Nations, West African bloc ECOWAS, the African Union and the European Union. ECOWAS has proposed deploying a 3,000-strong military force to dislodge the militants but […]

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France Says International Intervention in Mali Weeks Away

Posted October 17th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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France’s defense minister says an international military operation to help oust Islamic militants from northern Mali will get under way in a matter of weeks. Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke to France 2 television on Tuesday, days after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution clearing the way for the deployment of foreign troops to […]

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France Says International Intervention in Mali Weeks Away

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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France’s defense minister says an international military operation to help oust Islamic militants from northern Mali will get under way in a matter of weeks. Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke to France 2 television on Tuesday, days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution clearing the way for the deployment of foreign troops to Mali. […]

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France Says International Intervention in Mali Weeks Away

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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France’s defense minister says an international military operation to help oust Islamic militants from northern Mali will get under way in a matter of weeks. Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke Tuesday, days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution clearing the way for the deployment of foreign troops to Mali. He said France will not […]

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