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Mali new leader sworn in, threatens rebels with ‘total war’

By Stephane Barbier / AFP BAMAKO: Mali’s new leader threatened to wage total war on Tuareg rebels and Islamists controlling the north of the country as he took the oath of office Thursday, ending a brief period of military rule. Dioncounda Traore, the former legislative speaker, was sworn into office in the capital Bamako at ceremony …


World in crisis mode over Mali Islamist advance

By Coumba Sylla / AFP BAMAKO: World leaders scrambled to stop Mali’s descent into chaos Wednesday, two weeks after a coup in Bamako touched off a sequence which saw Tuareg rebels backed by radical Islamists conquer half the country. The United Nations Security Council was to make a statement on the crisis amid warnings Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents …


Sanctions threat and rebel push pile pressure on Mali junta

By Serge Daniel / AFP BAMAKO: Mali’s junta faced mounting military and diplomatic pressure Monday as West African states mulled sanctions and Tuareg rebels extended their grip on the north after seizing the city of Timbuktu. Low-ranking officers ousted the government on March 22 on the grounds that the army was failing to quash the insurgency …


Rebels enter Timbuktu as Mali junta ‘restores’ constitution

By AFP BAMAKO: Tuareg rebels made a dramatic push across northern Mali on Sunday and entered the legendary desert town of Timbuktu, locals said, as the disorganized junta indicated it was ready to cede power. Tuareg rebels assisted by Islamist fighters have swept across much of northern Mali since renegade soldiers staged a coup on …


Mali’s political class slams junta amid coup disarray

By Thomas Morfin / AFP BAMAKO: Leaders of the coup in Mali faced increasing pressure Monday as Malian lawmakers and opposition figures joined forces to call for them to go and Tuareg rebels closed in on a key northern town. In Bamako, still tense four days after the coup, several hundred people gathered at a …


Mali’s Tuareg to fight on as world condemns military coup

By Serge Daniel / AFP BAMAKO: Mali’s Tuareg rebels vowed to press on with a campaign to seize the north as putschists faced a global backlash Friday with Europe suspending aid and African security chiefs calling an emergency meeting. The website of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) said it “will continue the …


Soldiers announce coup in Mali weeks before vote

By Baba Ahmed and Martin Vogl / AP BAMAKO: Soldiers stormed the presidential palace of one of the few established democracies in this corner of Africa and announced Thursday that they had seized control of the country, ousting Mali’s president just one month before he was due to step down at the end of his legal …


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