As many as 10 people are thought to have attacked the hotel in the country's capital Bamoka
The latest Lonely Planet guide to West Africa devotes just four pages to a country five times bigger than Britain
Video has emerged that is purportedly from a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako where as many as 170 people were held hostage by armed gunmen.
Footage shows armed forces gathering outside the site
Early reports claimed as many as five people were killed
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
A car bomb has exploded in the Malian town of Kidal, killing at least two UN peacekeepers.
Oval Space, London
Home Secretary leads EU discussions on how to tackle terror threat from extremists returning from combat in Syria
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.
There was, finally, some good news for President François Hollande today.
French and Chadian troops have captured the main al-Qa’ida “citadel” in northern Mali, according to French officials and journalists.
Salif Keita found fame with the Rail Band of Bamako in the late 1960s, then with the Ambassadeurs. Both revelled in combining Afro-Cuban and native elements, with their classic line-up of electric guitar, balafon, kora and brass.
Tories accused of making same mistakes as former PM in Mali
Malian troops hunted house-to-house in Gao today for Islamist insurgents whose attack inside the northern town at the weekend showed the risk that French forces might become entangled in a messy guerrilla war.
Ex-US ambassador claims former president paid out €89m to Saharan criminal gangs