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Malians Rally for Return of Peace, Order

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of protesters crowded the stadium of Mali’s capital Bamako Sunday to demand government action to re-establish control in the country’s north and restore peace in the western African nation. Many Malians accuse the interim leadership of internal bickering which they say has enabled Islamists groups in the north to take hold. Meanwhile, […]

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UN Chief Calls for Sanctions on Mali Extremists

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon is calling for sanctions in Mali, where al-Qaida-linked militants are enforcing a harsh form of Islamic law in the north. In a speech to the U.N. Security Council Wednesday, Mr. Ban urged member nations to seriously consider travel and financial sanctions against those he said are engaged in “terrorist, religious […]

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Mali Rebels Told to Cut Ties to ‘Terrorists’

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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A West African mediator has told rebels in northern Mali they must distance themselves from “terrorists” before any peace talks can start. Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole, representing the West African bloc ECOWAS, visited northern Mali on Tuesday and met with leaders of the Islamist militant group Ansar Dine in the town of Kidal. […]

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Malian Journalist Beaten After Reporting on Protest

Posted August 6th, 2012 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A journalist in Mali has been badly beaten by Islamists occupying the north of the country, after reporting on the Islamists’ failed plans to amputate a thief’s hand. Malick Aliou reported on a demonstration by hundreds of protesters who came to the town square in Gao Sunday to try to prevent the Islamists from carrying […]

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ECOWAS Ready to Intervene in Mali

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has renewed its pledge to send troops to Mali to help the government recapture the north from Islamist groups. ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo said the regional bloc is ready to deploy its standby force to Mali once the country’s interim government makes the request. The […]

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Mali Gov’t Condemns Islamist Executions in North

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s interim government has condemned the stoning death of two people by Islamist militants who control the country’s north. In a statement Tuesday, the government said it learned of the killings with “indignation and astonishment” and denounced what it called the dark-age practice of stoning. It promised that the killings “will not go unpunished.” The […]

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Islamist Group Executes Two in Northern Mali

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants in northern Mali say they have executed a man and a woman for alleged adultery. Sanda ould Bouamama, a spokesman for militant group Ansar Dine, told VOA the group carried out the executions Sunday in Aguelhok, a small town in Mali’s Kidal region. Bouamama said the man and woman received, in his words, […]

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Mali’s Interim President Addresses Fractured Nation

Posted July 29th, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s Interim President Dioncounda Traore has announced plans to overhaul his transitional government and request foreign help in retaking the country’s north from Islamist militants. In a televised speech to the nation Sunday, Mr. Traore said he will lead an interim government with two vice presidents until new elections can be held. He said the […]

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Mali’s Interim President Addresses Fractured Nation

Posted July 29th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s Interim President Dioncounda Traore has announced plans to overhaul his transitional government and request foreign help in retaking the country’s north from Islamist militants. In a televised speech to the nation Sunday, Mr. Traore said he will lead an interim government with two vice presidents until new elections can be held. He said the […]

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Mali’s Interim President to Address Fractured Nation

Posted July 29th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s interim president is expected to address his nation on Sunday night, two days after returning to a country steeped in unrest and political uncertainty. The address will mark the first time President Dioncounda Traore speaks to Malians since being severely beaten by protesters two months ago. After the attack, Mr. Traore flew to France […]

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