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Landlocked country in West Africa

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Mali: Landlocked country in West Africa
Mali, officially the Republic of Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi). The population of Mali is 19.1 million. 67% of its population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017. Its capital is Bamako. The sovereign state of Mali consists of eight regions and its borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara Desert, while the country's southern part, where the majority of inhabitants live, features the Niger and Senegal rivers. The country's economy centers on agriculture and mining. Some of Mali's prominent natural resources include gold, being the third largest producer of gold in the African continent, and salt.

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Mali elections: Constitutional Court confirms results [Video]

Mali elections: Constitutional Court confirms results

Despite attacks from armed groups and the spread of coronavirus, the runoff vote was held in April.

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Polls close in Mali election held despite threats of violence [Video]

Polls close in Mali election held despite threats of violence

Voters in the nation of 19 million cast ballots in the runoff for 147 seats in the National Assembly.

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Mali to hold second-round elections [Video]

Mali to hold second-round elections

Mali elections will go ahead despite the kidnapping of an opposition leader.

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UN urges coordinated efforts to contain coronavirus in Mali [Video]

UN urges coordinated efforts to contain coronavirus in Mali

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali predicts COVID-19 will worsen security situation in country.

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Polls close in Mali amid coronavirus threat, security fears [Video]

Polls close in Mali amid coronavirus threat, security fears

Long-delayed parliamentary elections overshadowed by kidnapping of opposition leader, concerns over coronavirus.

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Mali to head to polls amid security crisis, coronavirus pandemic [Video]

Mali to head to polls amid security crisis, coronavirus pandemic

Malians to vote on Sunday in parliamentary election delayed several times since 2018.

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Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed and four severely wounded after a routine patrol hit improvised explosive devices in the northern Mali region of Aguelhok, the United Nations said on..
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French foreign legion soldier dies after being wounded in Mali

A soldier from the French foreign legion died in a military hospital near Paris on Friday after being wounded in an explosion in Mali last week in what the French presidency said was an operation..
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Gunmen kill 25 soldiers in north Mali attack: army spokesman

Unidentified gunmen killed 25 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack in the Gao region of northern Mali on Monday morning, army spokesman Diarran Koné told Reuters.
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Kidnapped Mali opposition staff freed but leader still missing

Five people kidnapped last week with Mali's main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse were freed overnight, but Cisse and three others are still missing, his party said on Friday.
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Mali holds election despite coronavirus and insurgency

Mali held its long-delayed parliamentary election on Sunday despite an insurgency in its central and northern regions, concerns about coronavirus and the recent kidnapping of the main opposition..
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Mali opposition leader taken hostage with six others: party

Mali's main opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is being held hostage with six members of his delegation, his party said on Thursday, after they were attacked on the campaign trail in a region where..
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Mali reports first two cases of coronavirus: government statement

Mali reported on Wednesday its first two cases of coronavirus, the government said in a statement.
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Militant attack kills 29 Malian soldiers - army

Suspected Islamist militants killed 29 Malian soldiers on Thursday in an attack on a base in the country's northeast, the army said.
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Sweden says to send up to 150 special forces troops to Mali

Sweden's government on Monday said it had decided to send troops to Mali to join French-led special forces that are fighting militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in the Sahel region of North..
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Two Western hostages freed after 15-month captivity in Africa's Sahel

A Canadian woman and an Italian man kidnapped while traveling through Burkina Faso 15 months ago have been freed and are in good health, the president of neighboring Mali said on Saturday after meeting..
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Canadian woman and Italian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso have been released - U.N.

A Canadian woman and Italian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso in December 2018 have been released to the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in neighboring Mali and appear to be in good health, a mission..
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Mali militants say they are open to talks if foreign troops leave

Al Qaeda-linked militants have said they will only attend peace talks with Mali's government if it expels French and United Nations forces.
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France says Mali envoy is spreading fake news over its troops

France accused Mali's ambassador on Thursday of spreading false accusations against its soldiers that could play into the hands of Islamist militants at a time when Paris is trying to organize a more..
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Attackers kill 31 in Mali village, after massacre last year at same site

At least 31 people were killed on Friday in an attack on a village that was the scene last year of Mali's worst civilian massacre in recent memory, the government said.
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In new attack on site of massacre, 21 killed or missing in Mali

At least 21 people were dead or missing on Friday after an attack on a village that was the scene last year of Mali's worst civilian massacre in recent memory, the government said.
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Mali troops return to key northern city after six-year absence

More than 200 Malian troops reached the northern city of Kidal on Thursday, the army said, in the military's first permanent deployment there since being chased out by Tuareg separatist rebels in 2014.
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Mali's president seeks dialogue with jihadist insurgents

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Monday said the authorities were now prepared to talk with jihadist groups in the hope of ending an insurgency that has made swathes of the country..
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Renowned African musician says the TSA destroyed his priceless musical instrument at JFK Airport

A famed Malian musician took to social media on Wednesday to mourn the loss of a priceless instrument he claims was destroyed by the Transportation Security Administration at JFK Airport.
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French soldiers kill more than 30 Islamist militants in Mali: army

French soldiers killed more than 30 Islamist militants in Mali in three operations on Thursday and Friday, France’s army said.
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More soldiers won't help Mali, talks with jihadists might: U.N.

The United Nations' top humanitarian official in Mali urged more engagement with armed groups including jihadists, and more aid and development funding, saying on Monday that extra troops would not..
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Mali plans to increase the size of its army to rein in jihadists

Mali will increase the size of its army by about 50% in a recruitment drive this year aimed at uprooting jihadist groups, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse said on Wednesday.
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Twenty soldiers killed in Mali attack, government says

About 20 soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn attack on an army camp in central Mali on Sunday, the government said.
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Nineteen soldiers killed in attack on Mali army camp, army says

Nineteen soldiers were killed and five wounded in an attack on an army camp in central Mali before dawn on Sunday, an army spokesman and a local official told Reuters.
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Suspected Islamists kill 25 soldiers in Niger: government

Suspected Islamist militants killed 25 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack on an army post in west Niger near its border with Mali on Thursday, the government said in a statement.
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Twenty wounded in northern Mali rocket attack on U.N. base

Twenty people were wounded on Thursday in northern Mali's restive Kidal region, including 18 U.N. peacekeepers, in a rocket attack on a military base for U.N., French and Malian forces, a U.N...
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Fourteen killed in bomb attack on bus of school children in Burkina Faso

Fourteen people were killed and nine wounded in a bomb attack on a bus carrying school children in northern Burkina Faso near the border with Mali on Saturday, two security sources and a police source..
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France kills 33 militants in Mali raid: president

France killed 33 militants in Mali on Saturday using attack helicopters, ground troops and a drone near the border with Mauritania where a group linked to al Qaeda operates, the French authorities..
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Islamic State claims responsibility for military camp attack in Niger: statement

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on a military camp in Niger near the border with Mali on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by a branch of the militant group in the..
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Jihadists kill 71 soldiers in mass attack: Niger military

Islamist militants killed 71 soldiers in an attack on a remote military camp in Niger near the border with Mali, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, in the deadliest raid against the Nigerien military..
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About 70 soldiers killed in attack on Niger military camp: sources

About 70 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military camp in Niger near the border with Mali on Tuesday evening, four security sources told Reuters, in the deadliest raid against the Nigerien..
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France's Macron pays respects to soldiers killed in Mali, says battle goes on

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Monday to 13 French soldiers killed in Mali last week and vowed no respite in the fight against Islamist militants in the region.
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Parisians line up to mourn 13 soldiers killed in Mali

Hundreds of Parisians lined the streets of Paris on Monday to pay their respects to 13 French soldiers killed in Mali last week as hearses bearing their flag-draped coffins crossed the heart of the..
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Majority of French support country's Mali military operation: poll

Fifty-eight percent of French people back the country's military operations in Mali, despite last week's army helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of 13 troops, said a survey on Monday.
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French army helicopters that crashed in Mali were not under IS fire: general

The French army said on Friday that two of its helicopters that crashed in Mali this week had not been under fire from Islamic State jihadists, contradicting a statement from the militants.
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After Mali deaths, Macron assesses Sahel options hoping for EU help

French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the military on Thursday to review its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and pressed his allies to do more after 13 soldiers died during a..
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Islamic State says it caused French army helicopter collision in Mali

Islamic State said on Thursday that its West African branch had caused a helicopter collision in Mali in which 13 French soldiers were killed this week, but it did not provide any evidence for its..
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Macron tells army: 'all options open' in Sahel after Mali deaths

President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he has ordered his military to assess its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and all options are open, after 13 soldiers died during a..
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French defense minister heads to Mali to honor troops killed in helicopter crash

French Defence Minister Florence Parly is heading for Mali to honor the 13 French soldiers killed during an operation on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
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Global death toll of landmines rises due to mines laid by militants

The global casualty toll of landmines doubled in 2018 from a 2013 low due to conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Mali and mostly due to the increased use of improvised landmines set by militant groups..
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As France mourns 13 soldiers, top general says full victory in Africa impossible

France will never secure total victory over Islamist insurgents in West Africa, its top general said on Wednesday, after 13 soldiers died in a helicopter crash during a combat mission in Mali, France's..
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Investigators have found the "black boxes" from the debris of this week's fatal French military helicopter crash and authorities will soon start examining them, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.
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France will not be deterred in fight against terrorism: defence minister

France will not turn its back on the fight against terrorism after thirteen French soldiers were killed during a combat operation in Mali, Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday.
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Thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali when their helicopters collided at low altitude as they swooped in at nightfall to support ground forces engaged in combat with Islamist militants.
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Thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali when their helicopters collided at low altitude as they swooped in to support ground forces engaged in combat with Islamist militants, the French army said..
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Thirteen French helicopter troops killed in Mali combat operation

Thirteen French soldiers fighting jihadists in Mali were killed in an accident between two helicopters, the French presidency said on Tuesday, the single biggest loss of French troops in combat in the..
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French Mali troops died after 'Tigre' and 'Cougar' helicopters collided

The deaths of the French troops in Mali resulted from a collision between a 'Tigre' and a 'Cougar' helicopter, according to a statement from the head of the French armed forces.
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Islamic State claims responsibility for killing 30 Malian soldiers

Islamic State's West African affiliate claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack on an army patrol in northern Mali that killed 30 soldiers, according to a statement published by the SITE..
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