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Mali junta eyes new peace talks after ending accord with separatists

Bamako, Mali Reuters Mali’s junta on Friday issued a decree to establish a committee to organise national peace and reconciliation talks, a day after it ended a 2015 peace deal with Tuareg separatist rebels and accused mediator Algeria of interfering in its affairs. The decision to end the so-called Algiers accord threatens to further destabilise […]

Mali’s Tuareg rebels claim capture of more military bases

Bamako, MaliReuters Fresh fighting broke out between Mali’s army and northern Tuareg rebels on Sunday, with the rebels claiming to have taken control of two army bases in the central town of Lere.  The rebel alliance, called the Coordination of Azawad Movements, has been fighting the army since August, a conflict unleashed in part by […]

Child soldiers and deaths surge in Mali as violence worsens

Mali child

Dakar, SenegalThomson Reuters Foundation The number of children forced to join armed groups in Mali has doubled since last year amid worsening jihadist and ethnic violence, the United Nations said on Tuesday. In the first six months of 2019, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, recorded 99 cases of children in Mali being recruited or used […]