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Posted August 24th, 2012 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says there is enough food in northern Mali to meet local demand, despite recent conflict in the region. The report from the U.S.-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network says traders from southern Mali, Algeria, and Niger continue to supply markets in northern Mali’s main towns and cities. It says the situation is […]

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Mali’s Ansar Dine Defends Punishments, Strict Sharia

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A spokesman for an al-Qaida-linked militant group in northern Mali says its members are “ready to die” in order to enforce what the group considers Islamic law. In an interview with VOA , the spokesman for extremist group Ansar Dine defended actions such as amputating the hands of thieves, destroying historic sites and silencing all […]

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Malian Government Focused on Regaining Control of North

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s acting Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra has named three special advisors to the prime minister with ministerial ranks. Hamadoun Toure, Sadio Lamine Sow and Mamadou Diakite were named Tuesday. Toure will be special advisor on government communication. Sow will be advisor on international affairs and Diakite on employment and training of youth. Toure served […]

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Malian Government Focused on Regaining Control of North

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian official says the country’s new national unity government will focus on re-taking control of the north from radical Islamist groups. Hamadoune Toure, Mali’s minister for communication and government spokesman, tells VOA that hardliners seeking to impose Sharia law in the north are not welcome in the new government. He says the government will […]

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Malian Government Focused on Regaining Control of North

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Malian official says a new national unity government will prioritize re-establishing control in the country’s north and that radical Islamists holding that territory have no place in the government. Hamadoune Toure, Mali’s minister for communication and government spokesman, told VOA (English-to-Africa) that hardline Islamists seeking to impose Sharia law in the north are not […]

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Mali Announces New Government

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 7:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali has announced a new government of national unity, five months after a military coup ousted the country’s elected government. The new government replaces a transitional government created in April that was plagued by infighting. It has 31 posts and retains several ministers who are members of the military junta that staged the recent coup, […]

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Aid Agencies Fight Cholera Outbreak in Northern Mali

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Aid agencies are fighting a renewed cholera outbreak in rebel-controlled northern Mali, one of several parts of West Africa dealing with the disease. Authorities in Mali’s Gao and Asongo districts have reported 147 cases and 12 deaths since early July. The number of cases, which had begun to fall earlier this month, are again on […]

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Mali Moves Ahead With Plan to Form Unity Government

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s transitional leadership continues moving toward a larger unity government, although no date for its establishment has been set. Thursday marks the final day for candidates to submit applications for posts in the new government, including that of a newly created commissioner charged with overseeing the situation in the north. Islamist militants with ties to […]

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Mali Hits Deadline in Plan to Form Unity Government

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s transitional leadership continues moving toward a larger unity government, although no date for its establishment has been set. Thursday marks the final day for candidates to submit applications for posts in the new government, including that of a newly created commissioner charged with overseeing the situation in the north. Islamist militants with ties to […]

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Mali Army Rejects Parts of ECOWAS Plan to Battle Militants

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s army chief is rejecting parts of a regional military plan to retake the north from Islamist militants. Army chief of staff Ibrahim Dahirou Dambele says Mali’s military will take the lead role in driving out militants from the north. And he rejected an offering by the Economic Community of West African States to have […]

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