U.N. peacekeeper killed, six others injured in Mali blast

By David Lewis Reuters 30 June 2014 At least one United Nations peacekeeper was killed and six others injured in Mali on Monday when their vehicle struck a land mine in the north of the country, a U.N. spokesman said. Three of the peacekeepers, all from Burkina Faso, were seriously hurt in the blast, the latest in a serious of incidents underscoring insecurity in northern Mali despite the French and U.N. troops who deployed to drive out al Qaeda-linked

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Mali urges aggressive overhaul of U.N. peacekeeping missions

By Daniel Flyn Reuters 25 June 2014 Mali called on the United Nations to speed up deploying the remainder of its promised 12,000-member peacekeeping force and station more troops in the West African nation's turbulent north. Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop, speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, said the U.N. mission in Mali (MINUSMA) had so far deployed only 8,000 troops and less than

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Country Profile: Mali

By Genocide Watch 6 March 2012, updated 24 April 2012 (En français)The Mali Federation gained independence on September 22, 1960. The regime in Mali imposed authoritarian Marxist rule. In the 1990s, opposition against the government increased and resulted in a successful coup. The first democratic elections were won by Alpha Ouamar Konaré. In 2002 he was succeeded by Amadou Toumani Touaré, who was ousted during a military coup under the direction

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U.N. Official Sees Desperation, Hunger and Fear on Visit to Mali By Rick Gladstone 26th February 2013 A top United Nations relief official who just returned from a trip to northern Mali said Tuesday that desperation, hunger and fear had pervaded the region in the year since Islamist militant extremists seized control, and that only $17 million of the organization’s appeal for $373 million in emergency aid had been donated so far. The official,

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Archived Updates

6 November 2012 Mali Islamist rebels urge dialogue, halt to hostilities By AFP 06 November 2012 Mali Islamists Willing to Cut al-Qaeda Ties By Antiwar23 October 2012 Analysts say Somalia progress might not translate to Mali By Stars and Stripes 02 September 2012 Mali emerges as the latest al-Qaida hub Jonathan Manthorpe By IndepthAfrica27 September 2012 Mali’s Taureg want to be involve in settling crisis By Reuters21 September 2012 Mali:

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