The deadly attack in the Malian capital of Bamako follows more than four years of increasing instability in the country
Malian security services have assaulted the building and are clearing the hotel 'room by room'
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
Sleeping passengers onboard were awoken by the sound of the boat breaking in half
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.
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.
DNA samples taken but Western experts say it is unlikely sworn enemies would be killed together
Seven members of a French family, three of them children, have been abducted in Cameroon three days after seven other foreigners were taken away at gunpoint in neighbouring Nigeria, raising fears that Islamist militants have started a campaign of capturing Western hostages in the region.
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
The home of Dramane Maulvi Haidara is down a dusty alleyway of pot-holes with an open drain alongside. There, behind a heavy wooden door studded with metal in a dark, windowless room, lay a rich treasure trove that has been guarded with utmost care from a determined enemy.
Nigeria rout Mali 4-0 in semi-final match
After an uncertain start, intervention in Mali has bucked the President's approval ratings
African Nations Cup semi-finals take place tomorrow