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Mali Islamists seize town of Gao as cracks appear in separatist alliance

The fighting follows weeks of tension between the secular, separatist, Tuareg-led National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and the Islamists, who teamed up in order to take over the northern two-thirds of Mali in April.

Mali rebels kill 1 at protest

Demonstrators in the town of Gao were protesting against the killing of local government official Idrissa Oumarou, who died on Monday.

Dioncounda Traore, Mali president, hospitalized after beating from protesters

The demonstrators were marching to protest a deal struck between West African leaders and the coup leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo that would have had Traore remain in office for a year, until elections were organized.

ECOWAS bloc threatens new sanctions on Mali

ECOWAS lifted previously-imposed sanctions in April, but in a statement released Monday it accused the junta of continuing to interfere in politics in the West African nation.

Mali: countercoup attempted

"These are elements of the presidential guard from the old regime and they're trying to turn things around," Bacary Mariko, a spokesman for the ruling military junta, told Reuters. "We have the situation under control."

Army gets key posts in new Mali government

Dioncounda Traore, who has been tasked with overseeing a timetable for elections, named 24 ministers Wednesday, none of whom were members of the government toppled in a March military coup.

International Criminal Court may probe Mali atrocities

Mali is now a fractured territory without a state, as competing rebel groups hold sway in the north and tensions between coup leaders and politicians simmer in the south.

Mali ex-leader Amadou Toumani Toure in Senegal embassy

Toure was forced out of power in a military coup last month, and resigned on April 8 in exchange for a commitment by the army to hand power over to a civilian authority.

Mali: Swiss woman kidnapped in Timbuktu

Timbuktu, with its centuries-old mud mosques and ancient manuscripts held in the town's libraries, was until recently a tourist hotspot.
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