A French corporal was killed during fighting in northern Mali, bringing to five the death toll of the French military contingent fighting armed Islamists in the west African country, President Francois Hollande’s office said on Sunday.
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- 01:57 24/02/2013
- 12:54 22/02/2013
- 23:42 08/02/2013 BAMAKO, Mali, February 8 (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti)
- 19:12 06/02/2013
As Mali struggles to restore peace, it must contend with a slew of problems old and new: radical Islamists, Tuareg separatists, an influx of arms, an ineffective and corrupt government, a drug-trafficking boom in the Sahara and growing interethnic distrust.
- 22:11 04/02/2013
At sunset, the Niger River upstream from the city of Mopti in central Mali, with its gently sloping banks and stubbly greenery, looks just like the Russian countryside (plus longboats), especially given the drizzle. This is unexpected, but after nearly a week in-country we’d gotten used to that feeling. After all, we never expected to be tracking down desert nomads by boat either, did we?
- 04:09 04/02/2013
- 08:14 03/02/2013
Three weeks after launching a campaign against Islamist rebels who had seized Mali’s north, France’s President Francois Hollande has vowed to provide assistance in the country's restoration, media reported.
- 23:55 01/02/2013
- 20:21 01/02/2013
The jihadists bypassed the highway and rolled into the town of Konna on January 10 from what its residents call a forest – a savannah plain with just enough trees to obscure the view. The night they began working the heavy machine guns mounted on their Toyotas, it reminded the locals of fireworks, and the Malian army unit stationed in town caved and retreated. Those who did not flee fast enough and those who stood their ground are dead now.
- 21:11 29/01/2013
- 03:06 29/01/2013
Between 1 and 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, life in Bamako grinds to a halt – literally: Our SUV is stranded by an endless stream of men, many in their best robes, all toting prayer rugs. They line up on every street and stand waiting for a signal foreigners can’t catch. Then they drop to their knees, faces to the ground, and spend 15 minutes praying.
- 20:43 28/01/2013
Since last Thursday, we’ve been trying to figure out what’s happening “in the north,” where a morphing coalition of Islamists and Tuareg tribesmen are fighting the French and Malian armies. And everybody in Mali’s capital, Bamako, a city of 1.8 million, seems to know the answer. But no two people know the same thing.
- 20:49 25/01/2013
Conflict in Mali
The West African nation of Mali has been in crisis since its Soviet-trained president was ousted in a coup in March 2012, and a coalition of Islamist groups seized the north of the country. French forces intervened in January 2013. As the conflict unfolds, RIA Novosti reporter Alexey Eremenko has added dispatches from the ground to the agency’s ongoing coverage.