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Mali Renegade Soldiers Say Have Dissolved Government

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Renegade soldiers in Mali say they have overthrown President Amadou Toumani Toure, just weeks before the scheduled end of his term. A group of soldiers appeared on state television Thursday morning after a night of gunfire around the presidential palace. A spokesman for the soldiers said they had ended the president’s “incompetent regime,” suspended the […]

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Mali Renegade Soldiers Say Have Dissolved Government

Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Renegade soldiers in Mali say they have “ended the incompetent rule” of President Amadou Toumani Toure and suspended Mali’s constitution to protest the government’s handling of a resurgent Tuareg rebellion in the country’s north. The soldiers appeared on state television Thursday morning after a night of gunfire around the presidential palace, announcing they had created […]

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UN Chief Following Mali Events With “Deep Concern”

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is following the unrest in Mali with “deep concern” after mutinous soldiers were reported to be firing weapons outside the presidential palace. The U.S. embassy in the capital, Bamako, has also announced it is monitoring the situation closely. It advised U.S. citizens to stay indoors. Reports from […]

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Gunfire Reported Outside Mali’s Presidential Palace

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Reports from Mali say mutinous soldiers are firing weapons outside the presidential palace, after troops launched a protest Wednesday against the government’s handling of a rebellion. The U.S. embassy in the capital, Bamako, has announced it is monitoring the situation closely. It advised U.S. citizens to stay indoors. State radio and television went off the […]

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Unrest in Mali Capital; Radio, TV Off Air

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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State radio and television have gone off the air in Mali’s capital, where soldiers launched a protest Wednesday against the government’s handling of a rebellion. Soldiers stormed the state broadcaster after demanding better weapons to fight ethnic Tuareg rebels who have seized several towns in Mali’s remote northern desert region. Witnesses tell VOA that guards […]

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Mali Soldiers Demand Better Arms to Fight Rebels

Posted March 21st, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses report unrest at an army camp near Mali’s capital, where soldiers are demanding better weapons to fight Tuareg rebels. Soldiers at the Kati military camp outside the capital, Bamako, began firing into the air Wednesday, after a meeting with Mali’s defense minister went badly. VOA’s French to Africa Service reports that two soldiers were […]

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Militants Losing Ground, Fighting Back in Somalia

Posted March 3rd, 2012 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Forces loyal to the militant group al-Shabaab have attacked a Somali army checkpoint, killing at least nine people. Somali and al-Shabaab officials said the fighting took place late Friday and early Saturday near Bosasso, in the Puntland region. A military spokesman for al-Shabaab, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, told media organizations the militant group attack killed […]

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Somalia, AU Troops Capture al-Shabab Stronghold

Posted March 2nd, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Somali government and African Union forces have seized an area on the outskirts of Mogadishu from al-Qaida-linked rebels. Officials say the forces launched an attack to seize Maslah from militant group al-Shabab early Friday. Witnesses report the troops seized control of the northern area after a gunbattle that lasted several hours. The African Union force, […]

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Nigerian Militants Claim Police Attack; Threaten Ships in Delta Region

Posted March 2nd, 2012 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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A militant group in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region has claimed responsibility for killing four police officers in an attack on a checkpoint. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said in a statement Friday that it carried out Thursday’s attack on a marine police checkpoint in the southern state of Bayelsa. It […]

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Somalia, AU Troops Attack al-Shabab Bases in Mogadishu

Posted March 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Somali forces backed by African Union troops have begun an operation against al-Shabab rebels in northern Mogadishu, as the U.N.-supported coalition aims to continue recent advances against the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group. The African Union Mission in Somalia said the operation launched early Friday is meant to clear al-Shabab fighters from the northern fringes of the […]

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