Massina Empire http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24558/all en UPDATE 1-Mali says army has repelled Islamist attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-mali-says-army-has-repelled-islamist-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Defence Ministry says army drove off Islamist attack</p> <p>* Clash took place close to strategic town of Mopti</p> <p>* AU chief says NATO should join Mali force (Recasts with ministry statement, adds AU chief)</p> <p>By Tiemoko Diallo</p> <p>BAMAKO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Mali's army repelled an attack on its advance positions by heavily armed Islamist groups moving southward, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, in the first clashes since militants seized the country's north in April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/update-1-mali-says-army-has-repelled-islamist-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Entertainment Massina Empire Politics Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:15:15 +0000 5731895 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali army reinforces, expects Islamist attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/mali-army-reinforces-expects-islamist-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Army expecting attack near Mopti</p> <p>* Ouagadougou peace talks delayed</p> <p>* Students march in Bamako, block bridges</p> <p>BAMAKO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Mali has sent soldiers to reinforce troops expecting an attack by Islamist rebels who have already seized the northern two-thirds of the country, a senior military official close to the defence ministry said on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/mali-army-reinforces-expects-islamist-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Massina Empire Politics Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:00:24 +0000 5732217 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-France continues Mali strikes, sends troops to Bamako http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-1-france-continues-mali-strikes-sends-troops-bamako <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By John Irish</p> <p>PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) - French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako in an operation involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130112/update-1-france-continues-mali-strikes-sends-troops-bamako" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Massina Empire Thomson Reuters Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:45:21 +0000 5733550 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali's displaced hopeful of return home as rebels melt away http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/malis-displaced-hopeful-return-home-rebels-melt-away <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Richard Valdmanis</p> <p>SEVARE, Mali, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Refugees crowded excitedly around crackling radios at a camp in the central Mali town of Sevare on Saturday evening as French and Malian forces seized the Islamist rebel bastion of Gao.</p> <p>"I want very badly to go back home," said 19-year-old Amadou Maiga, who left Gao three months ago after rebels controlling it burned his school - declaring it a violation of Islam - and recruited his classmates as cooks and child soldiers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/malis-displaced-hopeful-return-home-rebels-melt-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Technology Timbuktu War Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:45:44 +0000 5740013 at http://www.globalpost.com French, Malians reach Timbuktu in rebel-held north-source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/french-malians-reach-timbuktu-rebel-held-north-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO/SEVARE, Mali, Jan 27 (Reuters) - French and Malian troops advancing against Islamist rebels in northern Mali have reached Timbuktu, the fabled Saharan trading town occupied last year by al Qaeda-allied fighters, a Malian military source said on Sunday.</p> <p>"They've gone past Niafounke and since yesterday evening are at the gates of Timbuktu," the source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters in Bamako. The French and Malians had not so far encountered any resistance from the rebels at Timbuktu.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/french-malians-reach-timbuktu-rebel-held-north-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Timbuktu War Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:30:32 +0000 5740063 at http://www.globalpost.com World News Schedule at RLD-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0200 GMT/9PM ET http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/world-news-schedule-at-rld-news-schedule-at-0200-gmt9pm-et <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Editor: Paul Tait + 612 9373 1801</p> <p>Global Picture Desk: + 65 6870 3775</p> <p>Global Graphics Desk: + 65 6870 3595</p> <p>(All times GMT/ET)</p> <p>TOP STORIES</p> <p>Egypt's leader declares emergency after clashes kill dozens</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/world-news-schedule-at-rld-news-schedule-at-0200-gmt9pm-et" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Communes of Mali Human Interest Massina Empire Religion War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 02:45:03 +0000 5740320 at http://www.globalpost.com Islamist rebels torch Timbuktu manscript library-mayor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DAKAR, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Islamist fighters fleeing Mali's ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu as French and Malian troops closed in set fire to a South African-funded library there containing thousands of priceless manuscripts, the city's mayor said on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Massina Empire Timbuktu Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:00:15 +0000 5740401 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-French, Malians retake Timbuktu, rebels torch library http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-french-seal-malis-timbuktu-rebels-torch-library <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* French forces surround ancient city, no rebel resistance</p> <p>* Retreating insurgents burn down manuscript library -mayor</p> <p>* Tuareg pro-autonomy rebels say they hold Kidal in north</p> <p>* Islamist rebels pulling back into northern desert, mountains</p> <p>* AU official sees "clean-up" operation for African troops (Adds detail)</p> <p>By Adama Diarra</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/update-1-french-seal-malis-timbuktu-rebels-torch-library" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Berberism Communes of Mali Entertainment Massina Empire Politics Religion Tuareg War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:15:21 +0000 5740446 at http://www.globalpost.com Fleeing Islamists leave legacy of destruction in Timbuktu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/fleeing-islamists-leave-legacy-destruction-timbuktu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Fears for historic texts as library burned</p> <p>* Ancient city bears brunt of Islamist destruction</p> <p>* United Nations "horrified"</p> <p>By Pascal Fletcher and Giles Elgood</p> <p>Jan 28 (Reuters) - The burning of a library housing thousands of ancient manuscripts in Mali's desert city of Timbuktu is just the latest act of destruction by Islamist fighters who have spent months smashing graves and holy shrines in the World Heritage site.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/fleeing-islamists-leave-legacy-destruction-timbuktu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Education Labor Law Mali Empire Massina Empire Politics Religion Social Issues War Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:42 +0000 5740657 at http://www.globalpost.com For Mali Islamist rebels, death came from the sky http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/mali-islamist-rebels-death-came-the-sky <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> Africa Communes of Mali Islamism Massina Empire Politics War Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:15:35 +0000 5741165 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Mali secures recaptured towns, donors pledge funds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-mali-secures-retaken-towns-donors-pledge-funds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* House-to-house searches for rebels in Gao, Timbuktu</p> <p>* Donors pledge $455 million for African force, more needed</p> <p>* Pockets of Islamist fighters still reported outside towns</p> <p>* France sees African troops taking over security role (Adds details on US aid to Mali operation)</p> <p>By Richard Valdmanis and Adama Diarra</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/update-1-mali-secures-retaken-towns-donors-pledge-funds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Berberism Communes of Mali Mali Empire Massina Empire War Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:30:20 +0000 5741177 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts safe, unharmed -experts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/blank-headline-received-3 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DAKAR, Jan 30 (Reuters) - The vast majority of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts in state and private collections appear to be unharmed after the city's 10-month occupation by Islamist rebel fighters, who did burn some of the scripts, experts said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"I can say that the vast majority of the collections appear from our reports not to have been destroyed, damaged or harmed in any way," Cape Town University's Professor Shamil Jeppie, an expert on the Saharan city's manuscripts, told Reuters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/blank-headline-received-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Software Timbuktu Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:00:23 +0000 5741423 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts survived occupation unharmed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-bulk-timbuktu-manuscripts-safe-unharmed-experts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Experts deny media reports of widespread destruction</p> <p>* Malian scholar says 95 percent of texts "safe and sound"</p> <p>* Librarians, citizens hid manuscripts away for safety (Recasts, adds details, quotes, comment from Tombouctou Manuscripts Project Website)</p> <p>By Pascal Fletcher</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-bulk-timbuktu-manuscripts-safe-unharmed-experts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Entertainment Massina Empire Technology Timbuktu War Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:30:51 +0000 5741449 at http://www.globalpost.com Timbuktu haunted by horrors of life under Islamist rule http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/timbuktu-haunted-horrors-life-under-islamist-rule <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Doctor Ibrahim Maiga is haunted by the memory of the day armed Islamists occupying Timbuktu called him to treat a man whose hand they publicly sawed off with a machete for stealing rice.</p> <p>The gruesome amputation was punishment under the extremists' version of Islamic law, which they imposed for 10 months in Timbuktu and other towns under their control in northern Mali, freed a week ago by French-led troops.</p> <p>"There was only one amputation in Timbuktu during the occupation," said the bespectacled doctor, who stayed in the fabled desert city, unable to abandon his patients.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/timbuktu-haunted-horrors-life-under-islamist-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Communes of Mali Education Labor Law Massina Empire Politics Religion Social Issues War AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:15:41 +0000 5743123 at http://www.globalpost.com French president to visit Mali Saturday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/french-president-visit-mali-saturday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Francois Hollande will visit Mali on Saturday to express his support for French troops fighting in the former colony and to push for their speedy replacement by African forces.</p> <p>"I am going to Mali to express to our soldiers all our support, encouragement and pride," Hollande said Friday after the announcement of his visit.</p> <p>"I'm also going to ensure that African forces come and join us as quickly as possible and to tell them we need them for this international force."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/french-president-visit-mali-saturday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Technology Timbuktu AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:15:40 +0000 5743204 at http://www.globalpost.com