The French President has been criticised for his interventions in Mali and CAR but insists it is not old-fashioned paternalism but a mission to save lives
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Saturday 14 December 2013
A car bomb has exploded in the Malian town of Kidal, killing at least two UN peacekeepers.
Tuesday 10 December 2013
Oval Space, London
France sends in troops to Central African Republic to stop 'another Rwanda' as conflict threatens to explode into Muslim-Christan war
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Deployment is likely to win UN Security Council approval
Sunday 13 October 2013
Sleeping passengers onboard were awoken by the sound of the boat breaking in half
Sunday 29 September 2013
With a largely acoustic recording one might expect a certain amount of reserve and introspection. But that’s certainly not the case with this Malian singer-songwriter’s third album.
Saturday 24 August 2013
Astatke’s 1970s back catalogue only gained worldwide recognition through the Ethiopiques compilations and songs featured in Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers.
Sunday 28 July 2013
The West African nation of Mali voted in presidential elections on Sunday just 16 months after the country descended into chaos in the wake of a coup led by mid-ranking army officials.
Sunday 14 July 2013
Detachments of the French and Malian troops who defeated Islamist rebels in Mali earlier this year took pride of place in France’s traditional Bastille Day military parade along the Champs Elysées today.
Sunday 07 July 2013
Home Secretary leads EU discussions on how to tackle terror threat from extremists returning from combat in Syria
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Betraying new anxiety about the threat of Islamic militant groups in West Africa, Washington is for the first time offering rewards totalling $23m (£15m) for information leading to the capture of their top leaders in the region including Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, based in Nigeria.
Saturday 25 May 2013
What's sometimes missing with guitar-centred African records is a sense of air and space. But that's not so here.
Mali presents François Hollande with a new camel after the first one was eaten by the family caring for it
Wednesday 10 April 2013
There was, finally, some good news for President François Hollande today.
Tuesday 09 April 2013
France has started withdrawing its troops from Mali after an operation to help local forces push back an offensive by Islamist rebels, an army spokesman said.
Sunday 31 March 2013
The ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali has been hit by a prolonged battle between Islamic extremists and the Malian and French armies.
Saturday 30 March 2013
Even though the production by Black Keys man Dan Auerbach is way too cavernous and bootleg live-sounding for my tastes, this album should satisfy anyone needing a dry blast of desert rock while waiting for the next album from Tinariwen.
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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