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Aug 31, 2015

Insight – Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali’s fragile north

GAO (Reuters) – The United Nations has deployed 10,000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1 billion (£650 million) into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the reemergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

The U.N. Security Council renewed the mandate of its Mali force (MINUSMA) in June in the hope that it could enforce a peace deal signed that month in the West African nation, despite suffering the highest rate of losses of any active peacekeeping mission.

Aug 31, 2015

Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali’s fragile north

GAO (Reuters) – The United Nations has deployed 10,000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1 billion into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the reemergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

The U.N. Security Council renewed the mandate of its Mali force (MINUSMA) in June in the hope that it could enforce a peace deal signed that month in the West African nation, despite suffering the highest rate of losses of any active peacekeeping mission.

Aug 19, 2015

Mali’s Islamist conflict spreads as new militant group emerges

BAMAKO/SEVARE (Reuters) – Imam Elhadji Sekou Ba was one of the few people in his village of Barkerou who dared to speak out against the rise of Islamist militants in central Mali, denouncing in his sermons the young men taking up arms in the name of religion.

Last Thursday, shortly after dinner, he was gunned down on his doorstep.

Locals suspect the killing was carried out by the Massina Liberation Front (MLF), a new group blamed for a wave of attacks that is shifting Mali’s three-year-old Islamist conflict from the remote desert north ever closer to its populous south.

Aug 9, 2015

At least 12 dead as Mali siege ends, some U.N. workers freed

BAMAKO (Reuters) – At least 12 people were killed during a nearly 24-hour siege of a hotel in central Mali seized by suspected Islamist gunmen that ended on Saturday as security forces stormed the building and released some of the United Nations workers trapped inside.

Four U.N. contractors were freed in the pre-dawn raid, but Mali’s U.N. peacekeeping operation MINUSMA said five people associated with the mission had died, while Malian officials counted three hostages dead.

Aug 8, 2015

Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Malian security forces on Saturday stormed a hotel used by United Nations staff and freed four hostages held there by suspected Islamist militants who had killed at least six people during their attack.

The gunmen had seized the Byblos hotel in the town of Sevare, around 600 km (400 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, early on Friday and held off troops surrounding the building for nearly 24 hours.

Aug 8, 2015

Suspected Islamists kill six, take hostages in Mali hotel

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist militants attacked a hotel in central Mali used by U.N. staff, killing at least six people, taking others hostage and holding off troops encircling the building on Friday, residents and military sources said.

A Russian and a Ukrainian were among those being held inside the Byblos Hotel, officials from their countries said. There were up to eight other captives and South African and French citizens had also been staying there, government officials said.

Jul 22, 2015

Gambia’s Jammeh shores up power before fifth term bid

DAKAR, July 22 (Reuters) – A month after 29-year-old
Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh seized power in Gambia in a bloodless
coup in 1994, the U.S. Ambassador cabled Washington to warn that
the “anti-western” and “anti-democratic” new president was
seeking an “open mandate”.

As Gambia marks the 21st anniversary of Jammeh’s rule,
Andrew Winter’s warning still resonates as rights groups accuse
the president of cracking down on opponents before an expected
bid for a fifth term next year.

Jul 22, 2015

Gambia’s Jammeh shores up power ahead of fifth term bid

DAKAR, July 22 (Reuters) – A month after 29-year-old
Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh seized power in Gambia in a bloodless
coup in 1994, the U.S. Ambassador cabled Washington to warn that
the “anti-western” and “anti-democratic” new president was
seeking an “open mandate”.

As Gambia marks the 21st anniversary of Jammeh’s rule,
Andrew Winter’s warning still resonates as rights groups accuse
the president of cracking down on opponents ahead of an expected
bid for a fifth term next year.

Jul 10, 2015

Tests show Ebola probably remained latent in Liberia

DAKAR/GENEVA, July 10 (Reuters) – Ebola probably remained
latent in Liberia even after it was officially eliminated in
May, health officials said on Friday, after test results showed
the strain of the virus in newly detected cases closely
resembled earlier infections.

The preliminary findings, based on a new technique analysing
the genetic sequence of the virus, suggest that transmission was
either reactivated by an Ebola survivor, perhaps through sexual
intercourse, or continued for weeks undetected, the sources
added.

Jul 7, 2015

Initial Ebola test on Liberia dog carcass negative: sources

DAKAR (Reuters) – A dead dog suspected of being the possible source for the re-emergence of Ebola in Liberia has tested negative for the disease, two health officials said on Tuesday, quoting initial findings.

Residents say that Liberia’s first victim of the virus since the country was declared Ebola-free in early May had shared a dog meat meal with residents shortly before he died on June 28.