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  • Qaeda using Mali crisis to expand, France warns

    04/05/2012 5:19:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Wed, Apr 4, 2012..
    France warned on Wednesday the seizure of northern Mali by a Tuareg-led rebellion was playing into the hands of local al Qaeda units, urging neighbours including Algeria to do more to tackle the threat. For long one of the most stable democracies in West Africa, Mali has plunged into turmoil since a widely condemned March 22 coup that emboldened Tuareg rebels in their quest for a northern homeland. They have been joined by Islamists bent on imposing Islamic sharia law across the whole of the moderate Muslim state, the latest security worry for a region battling organised crime and home-grown...
  • Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover

    03/22/2012 1:07:19 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 33 replies · 6+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2012 | BBC
    Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace. The soldiers said a nationwide curfew was in force and that the constitution had been suspended. The troops, who staged a mutiny on Wednesday, say the government is not giving them enough arms to tackle a rebellion by ethnic Tuaregs. West African regional body Ecowas has condemned the actions of the troops. In a statement, it said it had followed the situation with "dismay and mounting concern", describing the behaviour of the mutinous soldiers as "reprehensible" and...
  • Mali Besieged by Fighters Fleeing Libya

    02/02/2012 9:50:00 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Stratfor ^ | February 2, 2012 | Scott Stewart
    Mali has experienced perhaps the most significant external repercussions from the downfall of the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Stratfor has discussed the impact of the conflict in Libya on the wider region since international intervention began in March 2011. Instability in Libya due to that country's deep internal fault lines meant that re-establishing a government would prove difficult. As we pointed out, that instability could spread to neighboring countries as weapons and combatants flow outward from Libya. Reports now indicate that thousands of armed Tuareg tribesmen who previously served in Gadhafi's military have returned home to Mali. The...
  • AU Wants Peace, Security and Bigger Global Role in 2012

    01/13/2012 9:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | unattributed
    The AU wants Africa to manufacture and export finished products to its trading partners rather than just selling them the raw materials as it does now. She cited China, India, the EU and US and other rising stars in trade with the continent, including Turkey and Latin America, and said the AU had held talks on the new breed of partnerships with some of them. The AU also wants Africa to have a veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council, and a place at the G20 negotiating table, Ali said. The peace and security that have eluded Africa for decades...
  • Chinese deal could herald new era for African cotton

    01/13/2012 9:13:49 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Just-Style ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Wang Fangqing
    A recent Chinese-African cotton agreement could usher in a new era for the African cotton industry -- but not in the short-term, say industry experts. Under the agreement, signed in December with four key cotton-producing African countries -- Benin, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso (known as the C4) - China stated it would provide machinery, expertise and materials in a bid to increase and improve the quality of local production. At the signing ceremony in Geneva, Chinese commerce minister Chen Deming suggested this was a step towards outsourcing production to Africa. "In [the] longer term, we may relocate some of...
  • Mauritius tops African household lighting survey

    01/13/2012 9:06:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    ESI-Africa ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | unattributed
    A Gallup survey done across 20 sub-Saharan African countries on the main sources of lighting for households saw Mauritius fair best, with 100% of respondents saying this was provided by power lines. South Africa came in second at 80% in terms of households with grid supplied power for lighting, followed by Ghana (67%), Nigeria (66%) and Cameroon (65%). At the bottom of the list in this survey for electrical grid power supplying household lighting was Liberia at 4%, followed by Chad and Burkina Faso at 8%. In Chad, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Uganda and...
  • Bamako warns Polisario:

    12/19/2011 7:28:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | Saturday, December 17, 2011 | unattributed
    Bamako will "no longer accept the violation of its territorial integrity by the Polisario Front", a Malian Minister said on condition of anonymity. Our country is not the Wild West where they can come to kill, and kidnap people and we have already made it clear. Next time, we will take up our responsibilities," the Minister said. For him, the "reasons for this intrusion do not hold water. The person who was killed and those who were taken hostage have nothing to do with the kidnappers of European hostages taken in Tindouf", West of Algeria. Armed men from the Polisario...
  • Mali lawmaker tells of threats over al-Qaida talk

    10/30/2011 4:19:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    A Malian lawmaker who has been outspoken about his country's alleged role in providing refuge to an offshoot of the al-Qaida terror network says he was stopped in traffic Sunday in the capital by armed men who warned him to stop talking about the matter.
  • Libya's neighbours fear conflict may flare in Sahel desert 'powder keg'

    09/09/2011 5:14:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    BusinessDay ^ | Thursday, September 8, 2011 | Beatrice Khadige
    The violent conflict in Libya has turned the neighbouring Sahel desert into a powder keg, regional powers said yesterday in Algiers, as former leader Muammar Gaddafi's arsenal risks being snapped up by al- Qaeda's local franchise... Algeria and other Libyan neighbours have expressed fears that the ousted Libyan leader's arsenal and remaining loyalists would be scattered across the Sahel, an 8- million-square-kilometre desert area south of the Sahara. Mr Bazoum said half a ton of Semtex explosive was seized in Niger in June, and warned that there might have been more, as well as surface- to-air missiles... French, American and...
  • Hundreds of returning [from Libya] Tuaregs alarm Mali, Niger

    09/04/2011 2:39:06 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | August 29, 2011
    ... "Hundreds of Malian and Nigerian Tuaregs are coming home from the Libyan front. Among them are former Malian and Nigerien rebels, but also Tuaregs of Malian origin who were in the Libyan army," said a security source at Gao in the north of Mali. The Tuaregs from the army obtained Libyan nationality in the 1990s and mostly fought alongside Kadhafi's other troops. Some of them were integrated into an elite military unit, the same source said. ... "We need to fear a destabilisation of the whole Sahel with this new development. States like Mali and Niger are not prepared...
  • Algerian Al-Qaeda leader killed

    07/06/2011 8:38:29 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 7 replies
    AKI ^ | July 06, 14:26 | staff
    An Al-Qaeda leader of Algerian nationality was among 20 militants killed in southern Mauritania during a clash with military forces.Mauritanian forces on Tuesday reportedly responded to an attack on a military base in Bassiknou on the border with Mali by launching a counter-offensive against forces from The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM the terror network's North African branch. The firefight lasted around 45 minutes and afterward Mauritanian forces chased the militants into Mali. Ten insurgents were captured during the standoff.
  • Mauritanian army destroys al Qaeda camp in Mali

    06/25/2011 3:51:39 AM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | 25 june 2011 | Wire
    The Mauritanian army said it had destroyed a camp in neighbouring Mali Friday night that was sheltering militants linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Al Qaeda ’s North African offshoot carries out armed attacks from bases in Mali. AFP - The Mauritanian army has "completely destroyed" an Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb camp in neighbouring Mali in an assault that left four soldiers wounded, a security source said. Friday's attack in the forest region of Wagadou in western Mali involved air strikes and was staged in the evening, the Mauritanian source told AFP, adding that the "terrorists" struck...
  • Algeria calls for peaceful dialogue in Libya

    06/03/2011 7:02:26 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | Thursday, June 2, 2011 | unattributed
    Algeria on Wednesday called for an inclusive dialogue in Libya with the participation of all Libyan parties to reach a peaceful settlement of the crisis. Speaking at a press conference in the capital Algiers, Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian Delegate Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, said his country is in contact with all concerned parties in Libya, and aims to help end the crisis in the neighboring country in a peaceful way. Messahel said Algeria supports the African Union (AU) roadmap for solving the conflict, which calls for political dialogue between different parties in Libya, necessary political reforms, and more effective...
  • Time Up For Sit-tight Leaders in Africa

    05/28/2011 3:01:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Codewit World News - Sharing Nigerian and African News ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2011 | Obi Ebuka Onochie
    "Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike" Plato (BC 427 - 374BC). Open rigging and clinging brazenly to power have become common features of emerging democracies in the world today especially in Africa. Many Countries in Africa have become accustomed to "sit-tight dictators" or military style of leadership, with democracy being propelled by the West for their replacement. This is at the centre of the on-going conflict in many emerging democratic nations. Democratization of the world today as being championed by United States of...
  • Mali seeks up to 75,000 anti-terrorism fighters in Sahel

    05/23/2011 7:56:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Google News ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2011 | AFP
    Mali called Friday for a regional push to train up to 75,000 troops within the next 18 months to combat militants in the Sahel desert region, home to Al-Qaeda's north African offshoot. "In the next 18 months our countries should train and mobilise 25,000 to 75,000 men in the fight against terrorism and transnational crime," Mali's Foreign Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga told regional counterparts. He was addressing the opening of a regional meeting between Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Algeria in Bamako to discuss terrorism and transnational crime in the Sahel. "More than ever our people and our countries are exposed...
  • Regional armies on alert as Libya crisis deepens [Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria]

    04/30/2011 4:21:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Google News ^ | Saturday, April 30, 2011 | AFP
    Army chiefs from Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Algeria are on alert as the crisis in nearby Libya deteriorates, placing the entire region at risk, a military source said on Saturday. Speaking after a meeting Friday between the four army heads, a Malian officer who attended said: "The situation in Libya is of great concern. There is a risk of destabilising the entire region." The meeting was to reinforce the fight against insecurity in a region threatened by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). "Moreover, because of the Libyan crisis, the security situation in the Sahel has deteriorated, so it is...
  • Mali PM resigns: government sources

    04/04/2011 3:52:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Google News ^ | March 30, 2011 | AFP
    Mali Prime Minister Modibo Sidibe has resigned after more than three years in the job, officials told AFP Wednesday, in a move that comes just over a year ahead of presidential elections. No reason was immediately given for his resignation and a new government was expected to be announced, officials in the president's and prime minister's office told AFP. Sidibe, who was appointed prime minister in September 2007, handed his resignation to President Amadou Toumani Toure who accepted, they said. The 58-year-old is considered close to Toure whose second and final term ends in 2012. None of the officials provided...
  • French development agency grants Malian firm 170m FCFA

    04/04/2011 3:46:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Afrique Jet ^ | Saturday, April 2, 2011 | Pana
    The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted Malian firm Jatropha-Mali Initiative (JMI) 170.5 million FCFA (260,000 euro) to promote the growth of the plant, sources at the Malian Agriculture Ministry told PANA. The seed of Jatropha can be used to produce biofuel, as well as oil comparable to diesel. More than 3,250 hectares have already been planted by 3,500 farmers, under 24 cooperatives, from the circle (prefecture) of Kita. Some 12,000 more hectares are to be planted in the next few years. JMI is a subsidiary of the French group Eco-Carbone set up in 2007. Its objective is to sustainably...
  • Malians cheer Gaddafi as they host Libya football team

    04/03/2011 8:11:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2011 | unattributed
    Thousands of Malians turned out to cheer on Libya's football team in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Mali's capital. The match was held in Bamako because of security concerns in Libya. About 20,000 Malians turned out to watch the game, many carrying posters protesting against the Western-led military intervention in Libya. "We were very touched by the Malian crowd," captain Tariq Ibrahim al-Tayib told the BBC after beating Comoros 3-0.
  • Four Israeli Embassies, Consulates Reported Shut Down

    02/17/2011 2:33:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 2/17/11 | Gil Ronen
    Four Israeli embassies and consulates have been temporarily shut down due to a mounting terror threat, according to foreign press. Turkish newspaper Hurriet reported that the Israeli embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul are among the diplomatic missions that have shut their doors. The Counter-Terror Bureau has cited, in recent days, a growing threat of the imminent execution of terror attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, with emphases on Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania and Venezuela. The Bureau urges Israelis traveling to these countries to avoid places where there are concentrations of Israelis, and...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • WikiLeaks cables: US pressured UN climate chief to bar Iranian from job

    12/06/2010 1:39:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | Monday 6 December 2010 17.01 GMT | Damian Carrington
    Rajendra Pachauri denies helping Washington block scientist from senior post on intergovernmental climate bodyThe US used backstage diplomatic manoeuvres to help block the appointment of a scientist from Iran to a key position on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a leaked diplomatic cable reveals.The US privately lobbied IPCC chair Dr Rajendra Pachauri, as well as the UK, EU, Argentina and Mali representatives, and had put its embassies to work from Brazil to Uzbekistan. It wanted to prevent the election of Dr Mostafa Jafari as one of two co-chairmen of a key working group.The other co-chair was to be...
  • Malian immigrant dies after being Tasered by police

    11/30/2010 6:41:04 PM PST · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 30/11/2010 | AFP
    A 38-year-old Malian immigrant wielding a hammer in a scuffle with authorities died on Tuesday from undetermined causes after being Tasered twice by police in the Paris suburb of Colombes, police sources said. AFP - A hammer-wielding Malian immigrant died Tuesday after French police shot him twice with a Taser stun gun during a scuffle, a police spokesman told AFP. "During his arrest, a Taser was used twice. Following the intervention, the person died of a cause that remains to be determined," the spokesman said, after the incident in the Paris suburb of Colombes. Police use of the Taser to...
  • North African states at risk of being overrun by al-Qaeda

    10/21/2010 5:04:35 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/21/2010 | Praveen Swami
    Al-Qaeda is poised to overrun five states in North Africa and the Middle East, creating terrorist safe havens from which the network can launch attack on the West, Europe and the US have been warned. Mauritania, Mali and Niger have seen a steady escalation of al-Qaeda activity targeting Western aid workers and experts. Somalia, to their east, has disintegrated in the face of Islamist assault. In Yemen, across the Red Sea from Somalia, security forces have been waging a losing battle against resurgent jihadist armies that have claimed the lives of dozens of troops. Amadou Marou, the President of Niger's...
  • France declares war against al-Qaida

    07/27/2010 2:56:37 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 134 replies · 17+ views
    Breitbart.com/AP ^ | Jul 27 05:01 PM US/Eastern | ELAINE GANLEY
    PARIS (AP) - France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North African branch, after the terror network killed a French aid worker it took hostage in April. The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism. "We are at war with al-Qaida," Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau. The humanitarian worker had been abducted April 20 or 22 in Niger...
  • ‘Qaeda erecting bunkers in Sahara’

    06/26/2010 5:11:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Asian Age ^ | 6/26/10
    Militants linked to Al Qaeda are building fortified bun-kers in the Algeria and Mali areas of the Sahara desert to shelter militants from air attacks, security experts claim. The members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have hidden themselves in the desert without any notion of national boundaries, according to the experts. “We have different verifiable reports which enable us to state that AQIM is currently in the process of building shelters, or bunkers, in which to hide against attacks in the desert shared by Mali and Algeria,” a Malian source told Middle East Online, reported AKI. “There is...
  • Mali imam living in fear after backing women's rights

    05/10/2010 6:06:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 157+ views
    bbc ^ | 5/10/10 | syaff
    An imam in Mali is living in fear after backing a new family law which no longer obliges wives to obey their husbands, angering Muslim groups. He has received threatening phone calls and local Muslim leaders have tried to dismiss him
  • Niger found guilty of slavery allegations

    10/28/2008 10:56:00 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 569+ views
    Houston Chronicle/NYT ^ | Oct. 27, 2008 | Lydia Polgreen
    SENEGAL — A West African regional court found the government of Niger guilty on Monday of failing to protect a young woman who was sold into slavery at the age of 12. The landmark ruling, which was delivered by a regional tribunal sitting in Niamey, Niger's capital, ordered the government to pay about $19,000 in damages to the woman, Hadijatou Mani, who is now 24. Slavery is outlawed in Niger and the rest of Africa, but it persists in pockets of Niger, Mali and Mauritania. Anti-slavery organizations estimate that 43,000 people are enslaved in Niger alone, where nomadic tribes have...
  • Mauritania: Tighter security after Al-Qaeda abductions

    12/22/2009 4:05:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 557+ views
    ADNKRONOS.com - AKI ^ | Nouakchott, 21 Dec. (AKI) | n/a
    Mauritania government has increased security for tourists in the country following the abductions last week of two Italian tourists near the border with Mali. Sergio Cicala and his wife Philomene Kabouree were kidnapped in an area of Mauritania where armed groups with links to Al-Qaeda are known to operate, diplomats said. There are suspicions the couple may have been smuggled into neighbouring Mali. "After these new kidnappings, it has been decided to adopt all necessary measures to ensure the personal security of foreigners in our country," the government said, quoted on Monday by pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi. It was the...
  • Venezuelan drugs Boeing crashed in Mali: UN

    11/18/2009 3:47:21 PM PST · by Flavius · 13 replies · 799+ views
    afp ^ | 11/16/09 | afp
    A Boeing plane that used to transport cocaine from Venezuela to West Africa crashed in northern Mali earlier this month after a failed take-off, the representative of the UN's regional office on drugs and crime said Monday.
  • Travel Warning: Mali

    09/02/2009 1:22:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 564+ views
    OSAC.gov ^ | August 31, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Travel Warning: Mali CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Sub-Saharan Africa - Mali 31 Aug 2009 The U.S. Department of State issued the following Travel Warning on August 31: The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risk of travel to Mali and that Al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may use the Islamic month of Ramadan as an opportunity to conduct further attacks against Americans and other foreign nationals. Faith-based organizations, regardless of location, may be particularly targeted....
  • Warden Message: Mali, Threat to Americans During Ramadan

    08/24/2009 12:43:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 377+ views
    OSAC.gov ^ | August 21, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Mali, Threat to Americans During Ramadan CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Sub-Saharan Africa - Mali 21 Aug 2009 U.S. Embassy Bamako issued the following Warden Message on August 21: Al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may use Ramadan as an opportunity to conduct further attacks against Americans. Accordingly, American citizens and their families traveling to or residing in Mali should maintain a sense of heightened awareness. American citizens are urged to consult the Department of State's Worldwide Caution...
  • Archaeologists hit jackpot in Mali

    07/10/2009 8:35:01 AM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies · 667+ views
    SwissInfo ^ | July 9, 2009 | Unknown
    Archaeologists from Geneva University have discovered what they claim is Africa's oldest ceramic, dated at around 9,400BC, in eastern Mali."It's a tiny, ornate fragment that was made with great skill and the use of fire," said ethno-archaeologist Anne Mayor in Bamako, the Malian capital.
  • Malian al-Qaeda hunter shot dead ( al-Qaeda in Africa )

    06/11/2009 2:57:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 362+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 11 June 2009 12:27 UK 11:27 GMT, | BBC Staff
    A senior Malian military intelligence officer who was investigating al-Qaeda in North Africa has been shot dead in the northern city of Timbuktu. Lt Col Lamana Ould Cheikh was gunned down at point blank range by two men in his own home. Earlier this week Mali's president said the army had detained three members of the militant group, which last week said it had killed a British hostage. The assassinated officer is thought to have been behind two of those arrests. If al-Qaeda in North Africa carried out the shooting, as officials suspect, it would be the first time the...
  • Al Qaeda kills British hostage in Mali

    06/03/2009 6:15:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 546+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 3, 2009 | By Raissa Kasolowsky and Kate Kelland
    DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North African wing said on Wednesday it had carried out its threat to kill a British hostage it was holding in the Sahara. The announcement of the killing came as U.S. President Barack Obama headed to the Middle East hoping to start mending U.S. ties with the Islamic world in a speech that will tackle issues including extremist violence. The British Foreign Office said Dyer was kidnapped on the border between Niger and Mali in late January, but declined to give any more details about him.
  • Breaking: AlQaeda (AQIM) Release Four Western Hostages In Mali

    04/22/2009 6:57:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 605+ views
    April 22, 2009 Breaking: AlQaeda (AQIM) Release Four Western Hostages In Mali Update on AlQaeda Kidnaps Six Westerners (Identified: 2 Canadians, 1 Brit, 1 German, 2 Swiss) Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has released four hostages but unfortunately the Brit and other Swiss(male) is still being held. The article doesn't state if monies or demands were met. Al-Qaeda's North African[AQIM] branch on Wednesday released in Mali two Canadian diplomats, a German and a Swiss tourist kidnapped several months ago, but held on to two other Europeans. The kidnappers released Robert Fowler, UN special envoy to Niger and his...
  • U.S. Helps African States Fend Off Militants

    12/13/2008 4:09:01 AM PST · by decimon · 215+ views
    New York Times ^ | Dec. 12, 2008 | ERIC SCHMITT
    In an exercise last month near Bamako, Mali, American troops helped soldiers from Mali and Senegal in West Africa learn to guard their borders against infiltration by Islamic militants. KATI, Mali — Thousands of miles from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, another side of America’s fight against terrorism is unfolding in this remote corner of West Africa. American Green Berets are training African armies to guard their borders and patrol vast desolate expanses against infiltration by Al Qaeda’s militants, so the United States does not have to.
  • TRAVEL ALERT - MALI

    12/10/2008 2:49:00 PM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 775+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3835.html Travel Alert U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Bureau of Consular Affairs This information is current as of today, Wed Dec 10 2008 14:45:20 GMT-0800 (PST). Mali December 10, 2008 Travel Alert is being issued to warn U.S. citizens of security concerns in Mali. This replaces the Travel Alert for Mali issued on February 12, 2008, expires on March 31, 2009, updates information on security incidents and areas of concern, including Essakane, and strongly urges U.S. citizens against travel to northern Mali. Due to recent armed conflicts, kidnappings, armed robberies, and the continued presence...
  • The Rush to Save Timbuktu's Crumbling Manuscripts

    08/03/2008 11:38:38 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 29 replies · 316+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 08/01/2008 | Matthias Schulz and Anwen Roberts
    Fabled Timbuktu, once the site of the world's southernmost Islamic university, harbors thousands upon thousands of long-forgotten manuscripts. A dozen academic instutions from around the world are now working frantically to save and evaluate the crumbling documents. Bundles of paper covered with ancient Arabic letters lie on tables and dusty leather stools. In the sweltering heat, a man wearing blue Muslim robes flips through a worn folio, while others are busy repairing yellowed pages. An astonishing project is underway in Timbuktu, Mali, one of the world's poorest countries. On the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, experts are opening an...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 2-12-2008

    02/12/2008 5:40:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies · 312+ views
    President Bush met this morning with President Amadou Touré of Mali in the Oval Office TranscriptThis afternoon President Bush celebrated African American History Month in the East Room Enoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Ancient Blood Found On Sculptures From Kingdom Of Mali

    12/08/2007 8:43:01 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 255+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-9-2007 | American Chemical Society.
    Ancient Blood Found On Sculptures From Kingdom Of MaliA new, highly-sensitive analytical test was used to confirm the presence of blood in the coating of this animal-like artifact used in ancient Mali rituals. (Credit: Pascale Richardin, Center for Research and Restoration for the Museums of France)" ScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2007) — Scientists in France are reporting for the first time that sculptors from the fantastically wealthy ancient Empire of Mali -- once the source of almost half the world's gold -- used blood to form the beautiful patina, or coating, on their works of art. Pascale Richardin and colleagues describe...
  • Leader of al-Queda in Morocco surrenders to authorities

    08/01/2007 7:19:38 AM PDT · by harwood · 8 replies · 745+ views
    .."surrendered after disagreements with other leaders in the organization."
  • Charity charged with funneling funds to Iraq

    03/08/2007 5:49:44 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 4 replies · 605+ views
    Kansas City.com ^ | March 8, 2007 | Mark Morris
    Charity charged with funneling funds to Iraq Columbia Islamic group, now defunct, is accused of sending $1.4 million during Hussein’s reign. By MARK MORRIS The Kansas City Star A defunct Columbia charity and five officers and associates have been charged with illegally sending more than $1.4 million to Iraq while Saddam Hussein was in power. The 33-count federal indictment, unsealed Wednesday in Kansas City, is the latest assault on a charity that in 2004 was designated a supporter of global terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida and Hamas. At its core, the indictment alleges the Islamic American Relief Agency-USA solicited...
  • Mali relics recovered in France

    01/30/2007 1:55:42 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 30 replies · 759+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2007
    Some of the artefacts confiscated may be up to one million years old French customs officials say they have seized more than 650 ancient artefacts smuggled from Mali in one of the largest such finds at a Paris airport. Described as an "archaeological treasure", the objects were thought to be on their way to private US buyers. Experts say most of the items are from the Neolithic period, but some may be up to one million years old. The artefacts are thought to have been taken from archaeological sites on the edge of the Sahara desert. The 669 items...
  • Swiss Archaeologist Digs Up West Africa's Past

    01/20/2007 3:55:34 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 651+ views
    NZZ Online ^ | 1-19-2007 | Simon Bradley
    19. January 2007, Swissinfo Swiss archaeologist digs up West Africa's past A Swiss:led team of archaeologists has discovered pieces of the oldest African pottery in central Mali, dating back to at least 9,400BC. The sensational find by Geneva University's Eric Huysecom and his international research team, at Ounjougou near the Unesco:listed Bandiagara cliffs, reveals important information about man's interaction with nature. The age of the sediment in which they were found suggests that the six ceramic fragments : discovered between 2002 and 2005 : are at least 11,400 years old. Most ancient ceramics from the Middle East and the central...
  • INTERVIEW-Mali desert nomads pledge to battle al Qaeda group

    11/12/2006 7:30:36 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 251+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/2/06 | Nick Tattersall
    DAKAR, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Tuareg rebels in Mali's northern desert vowed on Thursday to chase an al Qaeda-linked militant group off their territory and said they were seeking support from neighbouring Algeria to help do so. The Algerian militant movement, Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which has pledged allegiance to al Qaeda, is believed to be recruiting members around West Africa and training them in mobile camps in the Sahara. As it spread its operations from Algeria into northern Mali, the GSPC -- listed by Washington as a terrorist organisation -- has come into contact with Tuareg...
  • FEATURE-US swaps guns for blackboards in Africa charm offensive

    11/12/2006 7:25:41 AM PST · by Valin · 9 replies · 481+ views
    Reuter ^ | 11/12/06 | Mark Trevelyan
    TIZIMIZI, Mali, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Mayor Amadou Harouna Maiga was surprised, to say the least, when a group of U.S. soldiers turned up one day and offered to help build a school in his African village. But six months later, he is confident the Americans mean business and keen to explore what more they can do to help. "We have no shortage of problems -- health problems, water problems, agricultural problems," said Maiga as a four-man U.S. team returned this weekend to his village of mud-brick houses by the Niger River to deliver blackboards, slates, pencils, sharpeners and exercise...
  • Libraries in the sand reveal Africa's academic past

    11/12/2006 7:03:58 AM PST · by Valin · 31 replies · 875+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/06 | Nick Tattersall
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (Reuters) - Researchers in Timbuktu are fighting to preserve tens of thousands of ancient texts which they say prove Africa had a written history at least as old as the European Renaissance. Private and public libraries in the fabled Saharan town in Mali have already collected 150,000 brittle manuscripts, some of them from the 13th century, and local historians believe many more lie buried under the sand. The texts were stashed under mud homes and in desert caves by proud Malian families whose successive generations feared they would be stolen by Moroccan invaders, European explorers and then French...
  • Libraries in the sand reveal Africa's academic past

    11/10/2006 2:19:31 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 24 replies · 931+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Fri Nov 10, 2006 | Nick Tattersall
    A Malian walks out of the Great Mosque in Djenne, Mali in this August 10, 2003 file photo. Researchers in Timbuktu are fighting to preserve tens of thousands of ancient texts which they say prove Africa had a written history at least as old as the European Renaissance. (Yves Herman/Reuters) Researchers in Timbuktu are fighting to preserve tens of thousands of ancient texts which they say prove Africa had a written history at least as old as the European Renaissance. Private and public libraries in the fabled Saharan town in Mali have already collected 150,000 brittle manuscripts, some of...
  • AMERICAN GIRL RAPED APPARETNLY BY EX AUXERRE PLAYER

    10/13/2006 3:12:02 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 46 replies · 2,063+ views
    AGI ^ | Oct. 11. 2006
    AMERICAN GIRL RAPED APPARETNLY BY EX AUXERRE PLAYER (AGI) - Rome, Oct 11 - Garra D'Envele, a 20 year old football player from Mali was arrested and accused of having raped an American girl in the toilet of a club in the centre of Rome. The young player currently has a contract with Auxerre football club and was in Italy for some tests. This summer he had contacts to Lazio and Cisco Roma; in the next few days he should have been tested by Perugia and Treviso. The man was arrested in record time yesterday evening yesterday evening when he...