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Mokhtar Belmokhtar,
14/04/2014 - Libya - Mali - Algeria - Chad

Jihadi leader Belmokhtar alive in Libya and plotting attacks, sources

The Sahara jihadi leader behind last year's bloody hostage-taking at the In Amenas gas plant is alive and plotting new attacks in Libya, security sources say, contradicting earlier reports of ...

UNESCO says the Tomb of Askia in Gao is in a poor state of disrepair.
16/02/2014 - Mali

Race to repair Malian heritage site before rainy season

The United Nation’s cultural agency UNESCO has told RFI of an urgent need to preserve the Tomb of Askia in northern Mali before the rainy season starts in June.

French troops near the village of Bemba between Timbuktou and Gao on 31 October
11/12/2013 - France - Mali

French troops in major anti-Al Qaida operation in Mali

French troops are locked in a major offensive against Al Qaida in northern Mali, military sources have told RFI.

Paris public prosecutor François Molins, who is leading the investigation of Dupont and Verlon's murder
14/11/2013 - France - Mali

RFI journalists killed due to oil leak, French investigator

RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were murdered because their kidnappers' vehicle broke down.

10/11/2013

French weekly magazines review

Reactions to the  murder of RFI journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon by armed Islamists in Mali last week dominate comments in the French weeklies.

07/11/2013 - France - Mali

Malian police name tuareg vehicle owner in RFI journalist killings

The owner of the vehicle used to transport the two RFI journalists who were shot dead on Saturday has been formally identified as Bayes Ag Bakabo, a Tuareg, according to Malian security ...

Former French hostage Daniel Larribe (2ndR) is welcomed by relatives as French President Francois Hollande (R) and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) look on upon their arrival in France
30/10/2013 - Niger - France - Mali

Millions paid to free French Aqim hostages, report

As four French hostages arrive in France after three years in the hands of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), French media report that a ransom of over 20 million euros was paid to to free them.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (L) and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (R) with former hostages Thierry Dol and Daniel Larribe (C)
30/10/2013 - Niger - France - Mali

French Niger hostages en route to France

Four French nationals who have been held hostage in Niger since 2010 were flying home to Paris on Wednesday morning after being freed on Tuesday.

French President François Holland with Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta at the Elysée Palace
01/10/2013 - France - Mali

Mali's President Keita cuts short France visit after weekend of violence

Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita cut short his visit to Paris on Tuesday because of a recent outbreak of violence in the north of his country and a protests by troops in Bamako.

17/09/2013 - France - Niger

France says Niger hostage video credible

France’s foreign ministry says a video purporting to show hostages including four Frenchmen, released to the Mauritanian news agency ANI, appears "credible".

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