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Members of the CMA, the Coordination of Azawad Movements gather in Algiers during  a preliminary peace agreement, 14 May 2015
15/05/2015 - France-Mali-Algeria

Mali signs half-baked peace deal without main ingredients: Tuareg rebels

Mali's government and allied fighters signed a long-awaited peace deal on Friday in a ceremony attended by numerous heads-of-state but boycotted by the country's main Tuareg-led rebel groups.
Bilal Agh Cherif, secretary general of The Coordination of the Movements of Azawad (CMA), signs a preliminary peace agreement in Algiers, 14 May 2015.
14/05/2015 - Mali - France - ALGERIE

France’s Hollande welcomes Tuareg rebels initial Mali peace deal

French President François Hollande welcomed on Thursday Mali’s main Tuareg-led rebel alliance initialling a peace document and signing a comprehensive agreement in Algiers.

Minusma troops have also been targeted by Tuareg rebels in Timbuktu
04/05/2015 - Mali

Ceasefire violations in Mali threaten peace deal

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is calling on warring parties in northern Mali to sign a long-awaited peace deal.
The French Ministry of Defence released a photo of the hostage being rescued in Mali on 6 April
06/04/2015 - Mali - France - Netherlands

French forces rescue Dutch hostage in the north of Mali

French special forces have rescued a Dutch train driver taken hostage nearly four years ago in Mali by Al-Qaeda’s north African arm in an operation that killed several jihadists.

La Terrasse restaurant in Bamako after the attack that left five dead
12/03/2015 - Mali - France

Slow progress in Mali restaurant attack inquiry as Tuaregs debate peace deal

The inquiry into the attack on a Bamako restaurant that killed five people, including French national Fabien Guyomard, was making slow progress five days after it took place.
Man reading a manuscript on the roof of Djingareyber mosque.
06/01/2015 - Mali

Rare manuscripts enlighten Timbuktu, now Brussels

In 2012 Tuareg and Islamic separatists took over northern Mali, imposing draconian-style Islam on an already devout people. The invaders destroyed crucial works of Malian heritage including the tombs of Muslim saints listed with Unesco, the UN cultural protection agency.

Serge Lazarevic (L) with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) with his daughter Diane (L) and French President François Hollande at Villacoublay airport
11/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

Mali prison officers threaten strike over Lazarevic prisoner exchange

Prison officers in Mali are threatening to strike over the release of prisoners in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic.
Serge Lazarevic (L) with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President François Hollande at Villacoublay airport
10/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

‘Life is beautiful,’ Lazarevic returns to France after three years as Al-Qaeda hostage

“Life is beautiful when you are free again,” former hostage Serge Lazarevic declared on his return to France on Wednesday morning.

French military base in Gao, northern Mali
15/07/2014 - France - Mali

Ninth French soldier killed in Mali

A French legionnaire has been killed in a suicide attack in northern Mali, the ninth soldier to have died since the French intervention there in 2013.

Mirage 2000 jets on a base in Corsica
10/06/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

French Mirage jet fighter crashes in Niger

A French Mirage fighter jet has crashed in Niger on its return from a mission in Mali. The crew of two suffered no injuries, according to the French military.

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