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
Malian security services have assaulted the building and are clearing the hotel 'room by room'
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
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.
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
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.
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
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