Citizens in Timbuktu spirited the priceless manuscripts away before they were burnt by jihadists
There are fears that Islamists may try to complete the cultural cleansing they started almost three years ago in Timbuktu
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
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
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
A car bomb has exploded in the Malian town of Kidal, killing at least two UN peacekeepers.
Oval Space, London
Deployment is likely to win UN Security Council approval
Sleeping passengers onboard were awoken by the sound of the boat breaking in half
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.
DNA samples taken but Western experts say it is unlikely sworn enemies would be killed together