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Islamist Rebel Gets Nine Years Imprisonment for Timbuktu Destruction

By Stephanie van den Berg THE HAGUE, Sept 27 – War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamist rebel who admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali’s 2012 conflict to nine years in prison, in the first such case to focus on destruction of cultural heritage. Human rights groups and international legal experts hope Ahmad

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Al Qaeda Releases Video of Swiss Nun Held Hostage

DAKAR, Jan 27 – Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of a Swiss nun who had been kidnapped in northern Mali nearly three weeks ago in the first claim of responsibility for the hostage-taking, according to SITE Intelligence Group. The video, which outlined the conditions for the release of Beatrice Stockly,

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Militants Kill 10 Tuareg Rebels in Mali

BAMAKO, Dec 26 – Islamist fighters killed 10 Tuareg rebels in two attacks near northern Mali’s border with Algeria this week in a growing wave of violence, Tuareg officials said on Saturday. Six fighters from the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, northern Mali’s largest Tuareg rebel group, were killed on Thursday when Islamist

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French Soldier Dies After Landmine Blows Up Vehicle in Mali

PARIS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – A French soldier has died after suffering injuries in Mali when his vehicle was attacked by “terrorist groups”, the French President’s office said in a statement on Thursday. The soldier, who held a sergeant’s role in a parachute regiment, suffered the injuries in October in the north of Mali when

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China Steps Up Efforts to Fight Militancy After Mali Attack

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Reuters) – China will strengthen its cooperation with Africa in the fight against violent extremism after an attack last week by Islamist militants in Mali killed 19 people, including three Chinese citizens, China’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for relevant departments to boost security

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Two Terror Groups Claim Joint Responsibility for Mali Attack

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO, Nov 20 – Islamist militants killed 19 people in an attack on a top hotel in the capital of Mali on Friday before Malian commandos stormed the building and rescued 170 people, many of them foreigners. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced the death toll and said seven people were wounded in

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