Despite the return of the jihadists, and continuing violence, it is the French presence which has introduced a degree of stability
Reactions to Paris and Mali have been militaristic rhetoric brought about by ignorance and refusal to understand the injustices of the Middle East
Siege attack on Radisson Blu hotel in Bamoko was the latest bloody episode in Mali's long and vicious conflict
As many as 10 people are thought to have attacked the hotel in the country's capital Bamoka
Mali has a complicated recent history of insurgency and jihadist attacks
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
Deployment is likely to win UN Security Council approval
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
The Foreign Secretary William Hague today arrived in Mali for talks with military commanders and local politicians, just weeks after a French force routed Islamist rebels from strongholds in the north of the country.
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.