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Islamists 'attack Timbuktu heritage sites'

A resident of the northern Mali city of Timbuktu says Islamists who control the town are trying to destroy tombs classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

Mali rebels want to create Islamic state

Two rebel groups that seized control of the northern half of Mali have agreed to work together to create an independent Islamic state on the territory they occupy.

Military junta claims control of Mali capital and arrests hundreds

Mali's military junta said it has arrested about 240 people allegedly associated with an attempted coup earlier this week, and that they are shooting guns into the air as a warning as they try to round up more people they blame for the chaos.

Prime Minister arrested by army in 'coup attempt'

The Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau was arrested by soldiers in an apparent coup yesterday, hours after a grenade attack on his home and two weeks before he was to take part in a presidential election.

Toppled Malian president resigns

From one of the hiding places where he has been holed up since last month's coup, Mali's president penned a resignation letter and handed it to an emissary to deliver to the country's new leaders, while reporters looked on.

Malian parliamentary leader returns as deal is signed

The leader of Mali's National Assembly, forced into exile after last month's coup, returned this weekend, marking the first step in the country's path back to constitutional rule.

Pope uses Easter message to call on Syria to end bloodshed

Pope Benedict XVI used his Easter Sunday message to urge the Syrian regime to heed international calls to end bloodshed and commit to dialogue.

Sanogo: coup has backfired

Mali's coup leaders agree to step down to gain help against rebels

Mali's coup leader, Amadou Sanogo, said yesterday that the junta would hand power to an interim government within days. Neighbouring nations, in return, will end sanctions and help tackling rebels who have seized much of the north.

Tuareg rebels have declared the existence of the state of Azawad

Tuareg rebels in northern Mali declare independence

Economic blockade on coup leaders in the south complicates fragile regional balance

British Embassy staff quit Mali after coup

Staff are being withdrawn from the British Embassy in Mali in the wake of the military coup.

Mali rebels call truce after seizing north

Tuareg-led rebels who have seized control of northern Mali announced a ceasefire yesterday, saying they had achieved their aim of creating a state they called Azawad.

Malian junta soldiers patrol the streets of Kati, outside Mali's capital, Bamako

Mali faces economic blockade as Senegal swears in newly-elected president

Mali faces an economic blockade after a day of contrasting democratic fortunes in West Africa, where Senegal swore in its newly-elected president and pressure mounted on coup leaders in Bamako to step down.

Malian coup leader's pledge over constitution

Mali's junta leader declared amid international pressure yesterday that he was reinstating the 1992 constitution and planning to hold elections, as rebels claimed to have seized the historic town of Timbuktu.

Britons warned to leave Mali after attempted coup

British citizens have been warned to leave the African state of Mali unless they have "urgent business".

Leading article: We need to talk about Mali

Were it not for the looming presence of al-Qa'ida (AQIM) in the Maghreb, last week's military coup in Mali might be met with the half-anxious apathy with which the international community usually greets upheavals in Saharan Africa.

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