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.
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Deployment is likely to win UN Security Council approval
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.
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.
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
Too often commentators do not weigh the human cost of Western inaction
African Nations Cup semi-finals take place tomorrow
Rebel accused of atrocities captured with leader of terror group
Kim Sengupta follows a student’s hunt for his loved one from Bamako to Timbuktu
France targets Mali Islamist bases