Polling stations have opened in Algeria where incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika faces five rivals in a presidential election.
French President François Hollande arrived in Bamako on Thursday to attend ceremonies to mark the investiture of Mali's new president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita
RFI journalist Nick Champeaux and a journalist from French newspaper
Nato is not likely to become involved in Mali, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday.
French troops have arrived in the northern Mali town of Kidal, driving Islamist rebels into the mountains. But the Malian general staff was not aware of the French plan, sources say.
A new Islamist rebel group says it is ready for talks with the government of Mali in a bid to end the French-led offensive in the north of the country. The group, known as the Islamic ...
French and Malian troops have entered the town of Diabaly after a week of air strikes and fighting
There are reports that Malian soldiers have killed Tuareg civilians in the town of Diabali.
Mali says it will draw up a plan for military action by the end of this year to recapture the north from radical Islamists.
France is to send surveillance drones to back up west African intervention in northern Mali and is meeting top US diplomats in Paris this week to discuss the fighting the Islamist presence there, ...
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) has threatened to execute six French hostages if France intervenes militarily in northern Mali in a message published on a Mauritanian website.