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Tuareg rebels rejoin peace process in northern Mali

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Tuareg separatists said on Saturday they were rejoining the peace process in northern Mali, just over a week after they pulled out and accused Bamako of not respecting the terms of a truce signed in June. The three separatist groups, including the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, or MNLA, rebels, made the announcement after Malian authorities released 23 insurgents last week to comply with the terms of the ceasefire signed in Ouagadougou.

Mali president dissolves army reform committee

By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's new president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, on Wednesday dissolved an army reform committee dominated by former members of a military junta after blasting disgruntled officers for staging an unruly protest at a military base earlier this week. Officers who participated in a military coup last year fired into the air on Monday in the southern garrison town of Kati, close to the capital, Bamako, in protest at not receiving promotions they said had been promised.

Mali Tuareg separatists suspend participation in peace process

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Tuareg separatists pulled out of a peace agreement with the Mali government on Thursday, accusing Bamako of not respecting its commitments to a truce reached in June. The ceasefire in the West African nation allowed Mali's government and military to return to the separatists' northern stronghold of Kidal and enabled national elections to take place in July and August.

Mali army, rebels clash for first time since peace deal

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three Malian soldiers were wounded in clashes with separatist Tuareg rebels on Wednesday, the army said, the first clashes since the two sides signed a ceasefire deal in June. The fighting took place near the western town of Lere and comes a week after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was sworn in, highlighting simmering tensions as he seeks to secure an end cycles of uprisings by northern rebels.

Mali army, rebels clash for first time since peace deal

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three Malian soldiers were wounded in clashes with separatist Tuareg rebels on Wednesday, the army said, the first clashes since the two sides signed a ceasefire deal in June. The fighting took place near the western town of Lere and comes a week after President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was sworn in, highlighting simmering tensions as he seeks to secure an end cycles of uprisings by northern rebels.

Mali: From coup to concession

Key events in the west African state of Mali from the government's overthrow in March 2012 until former finance minister Soumaila Cisse conceded defeat in the country's presidential election. --2012-- - March 22: Mutinous Malian soldiers led by Captain Amadou Sanogo say they have overthrown the Bamako government because it has failed to give them the means to defeat a rebellion in the north. Junta leaders detain president Amadou Toumani Toure and suspend the constitution.

Tuareg of northern Mali say election alone will not bring peace

By Daniel Flynn KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) - In the birthplace of a Tuareg revolt that nearly tore Mali apart last year, residents said Sunday's election would not bring lasting peace unless a new president in the distant south gave them more freedom. The desert region of Kidal in Mali's desolate northeast has produced four rebellions since independence from France in 1960. Its light-skinned Tuareg people say successive black African governments in the capital Bamako have excluded them from power.

Mali: 18 months of unrest

Key events in the west African state of Mali, which holds a second-round presidential election on Sunday, capping the first polls since a coup last year. --2012-- - January 17: Tuareg fighters from The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and other rebels, some of whom recently returned from fighting for Moamer Kadhafi in Libya, launch an offensive to seize several northern towns.

Front-runner in Mali election runoff pledges to reinforce peace

By Daniel Flynn and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's presidential front-runner wrapped up his campaign on Friday with a promise to restore peace to the West African country scarred by a coup and an Islamist uprising that triggered French military intervention. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, a former prime minister with a reputation for toughness, won last month's first-round ballot with nearly 40 percent of the vote. He faces ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in Sunday's runoff.

Frontrunner in Mali election runoff pledges to reinforce peace

By Daniel Flynn and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - The frontrunner in Mali's presidential election wound up his campaign on Friday with a promise to restore peace and dignity to the West African country scarred by a coup and Islamist uprising last year. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 68, an ex-prime minister with a reputation for toughness, won last month's ballot with nearly 40 percent of the vote - but fell short of a majority. He will face ex-finance minister Soumaila Cisse in a runoff on Sunday.
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