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Malian separatist rebels end ceasefire after clashes

By Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Separatist Tuareg rebels said on Friday they were ending a five-month-old ceasefire with Mali's government and taking up arms following violence in the northern city of Kidal. The declaration came a day after Malian troops clashed with stone-throwing protesters who blocked a visit by the prime minister to the city, a northern rebel stronghold. Several demonstrators were wounded but there were conflicting accounts of how the incident started.

Malian army and protesters clash in northern rebel stronghold

By Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian soldiers clashed with stone-throwing protesters who blocked a visit by the prime minister to the northern rebel stronghold of Kidal on Thursday. Several demonstrators were wounded but there were conflicting accounts of who was to blame. The west African country is in the process of restoring democracy after a coup last year led to al Qaeda-linked Islamists taking control of the north.

Landmine wounds three French soldiers in Mali

Three French soldiers were wounded Wednesday in rebel-infested northern Mali when their armoured truck hit a landmine, military sources said. "A vehicle of the French army was hit by an explosion likely caused by a bomb, a mine on which the vehicle drove, around 1:00 am (0100 GMT) on Wednesday. Three French soldiers were wounded but their lives are not in danger," a Malian security source told AFP.

Landmine wounds three French soldiers in Mali

Three French soldiers were wounded Wednesday in rebel-infested northern Mali when their truck hit a landmine, military sources said. "A vehicle of the French army was hit by an explosion likely caused by a bomb, a mine on which the vehicle drove, around 1:00 am (0100 GMT) on Wednesday. Three French soldiers were wounded but their lives are not in danger," a Malian security source told AFP.

Tuareg rebels hand back Mali buildings despite protests

Tuareg rebels in Mali gave back two state buildings Thursday that had become symbols of their separatist struggle, honouring the terms of a peace deal despite bitter protests from their own supporters. After a nine-month occupation, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) evacuated the governor's offices and state TV and radio station in the northeastern town of Kidal, overriding Tuareg protesters who laid waste to the governorate and other public buildings in outrage.

Tuareg rebels killed in battle with Malian troops

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three people were killed on Friday during clashes between the MNLA Tuareg separatist group and the Malian army in the north of the country, the MNLA said in a statement, accusing the Malian army of violating a ceasefire agreement. The MNLA said on its website that the Malian army arrested "several civilians, and executed three of them, wounding three others," near Menaka.

Owner of kidnap vehicle identified in Mali journalist murders

The owner of a car used in the kidnapping of two French journalists murdered in northern Mali has been identified, Malian and regional security sources told AFP on Thursday. Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, were shot dead by gunmen French officials called "terrorists" after they interviewed a Tuareg separatist leader in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on Saturday. "We have informed France of the formal identification of the owner of the kidnappers' vehicle. It is Bayes Ag Bakabo, a Tuareg," a Malian security source close to the investigation said.

French and Malian forces hunt journalists' killers

PARIS/BAMAKO (Reuters) - The coffins of two French journalists killed in Mali last week were loaded onto a Paris-bound aircraft in the capital Bamako on Monday as French and Malian troops hunted for their killers. Reporter Claude Verlon, 58, and radio technician Ghislaine Dupont, 51, who both worked for Radio France Internationale, were found dead in northern Mali on Saturday after being kidnapped in the city of Kidal.

France says 'terrorists' behind murder of journalists in Mali

Paris on Sunday blamed terrorist groups for the "odious" and "cold-blooded" murder of two radio journalists in northern Mali, and said French troops would boost security in the restive zone. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalist Ghislaine Dupont and sound technician Claude Verlon were shot dead after being abducted by armed men on Saturday. "They were killed in cold blood, one took two bullets and the other three," he said after crisis talks led by President Francois Hollande on the murders in the northeastern town of Kidal.

France says 'terrorists' behind murder of journalists in Mali

Paris on Sunday blamed terrorist groups for the murder in "cold blood" of two radio journalists in northern Mali, and said French troops would boost security in the restive zone. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalist Ghislaine Dupont and sound technician Claude Verlon were shot dead after being abducted by armed men on Saturday. "They were killed in cold blood, one took two bullets and the other three," he said after crisis talks led by President Francois Hollande on the murders in the northeastern town of Kidal.
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