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Mali denounces 'cowardly murder' of French hostage

Mali has denounced as a "cowardly and despicable murder" the death of a French hostage announced by one of the west African nation's top jihadist groups. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda's regional branch, told AFP on Tuesday Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was "dead, because France is our enemy" although it did not explicitly spell out that the Frenchman had been murdered. The Malian government released a statement hours later voicing sorrow for Rodrigues Leal's death and vowing to help in the hunt for his killers.

EU agrees to train Mali police, extends army training mission

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Tuesday to send civilian advisers to train and advise Mali's police while extending by two years a mission to train the army. The decisions, taken by EU defense ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg, are part of international efforts to stabilize Mali and extend the state's authority there, 15 months after France launched a military offensive to drive out Islamists who had seized control of northern Mali.

EU launches second security mission in Mali

The European Union on Tuesday agreed to launch a new mission to boost police and national guard forces in Mali, its second operation in the vast African nation threatened by Islamist rebels. The mission "is a further demonstration of the EU's commitment to supporting reform in Mali", said the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The current mission was set up in February last year to train Malian troops after the army all but collapsed as Islamists marched south towards the capital before being halted by French troops.

Mali's new premier to focus on security, reconciliation

Mali's new prime minister said on Wednesday he was forming a government which would prioritise security and reconciliation as the deeply-divided nation recovers from months of ruinous conflict. Former planning minister Moussa Mara, 39, was promoted to the premiership on Saturday after Mali's first post-war prime minister Oumar Tatam Ly quit just six months into office. Mara, 39, said that "the safety of all Malians wherever they are, and on the whole national territory" would be the focus of his administration as he gave his first public address.

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Mali's new prime minister was in talks on Sunday to appoint a government to lead the west African nation's post-war recovery after the surprise resignation of his predecessor and the entire cabinet. Former planning minister Moussa Mara, 39, was promoted to the premiership on Saturday after Mali's first post-war prime minister Oumar Tatam Ly quit just six months into office, a statement from the presidency said. He has not spoken in public since his appointment but wrote a brief message on Twitter thanking Malians for their support.

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Mali's new prime minister was in talks on Sunday to appoint a government to lead the west African nation's post-war recovery after the surprise resignation of his predecessor and the entire cabinet. Former planning minister Moussa Mara, 39, was promoted to the premiership on Saturday after Mali's first post-war prime minister Oumar Tatam Ly quit just six months into office, a statement from the presidency said. He has not spoken in public since his appointment but wrote a brief message on Twitter thanking Malians for their support.

Mali's new premier in talks to form government

Mali's new prime minister was in talks on Sunday to appoint a government to lead the west African nation's post-war recovery after the surprise resignation of his predecessor and the entire cabinet. Former planning minister Moussa Mara, 39, was promoted to the premiership on Saturday after Mali's first post-war prime minister Oumar Tatam Ly quit just six months into office, a statement from the presidency said.

Mali swears in court to hear treason case against ex-president

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali swore in a new high court on Thursday that will be charged with hearing a case of high treason against former President Amadou Toumani Toure, who was toppled in a coup in 2012, state radio and a member of parliament said. The government brought the case before the National Assembly in December, accusing Toure of failing in his duty as commander of Mali's armed forces to prevent foreign forces from seizing national territory.

Malian justice 'working' but much to do on abuses in north

Victims of rights abuses in conflict-scarred Mali are beginning to see justice, according to a report published Thursday by campaigners who noted however that many atrocities remain unpunished in the rebel-infested north. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Malian Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AMDH) said the "desire to advance justice to prosecute crimes committed during the Malian crisis is clear".

Malian justice 'working' but much to do on abuses in north

Victims of rights abuses in conflict-scarred Mali are beginning to see justice, according to a report published Thursday by campaigners who noted however that many atrocities remain unpunished in the rebel-infested north. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Malian Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AMDH) said the "desire to advance justice to prosecute crimes committed during the Malian crisis is clear".
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