HRW: Tourists abducted in Burkina Faso were taken to Mali

HRW: Tourists abducted in Burkina Faso were taken to Mali

It’s been more than three months since travelers Canadian Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto of Italy went missing in Burkina Faso, and there’s been little information to break the silence on what has happened to them. Now a report from Human Rights Watch suggests that Blais and Tacchetto were kidnapped…

MSF warns of increasing threat on Mali-Niger border

Humanitarian aid workers say the threat of violence because of armed groups along Mali’s border with Niger has sent more than 8,000 people into the village of Kongokiré in the latter’s Tillabéry region. “Many of the displaced in Kongokiré have already been forced to flee several times,” said Innocent Kunywana,…

U.S. diplomat for Africa begins 4-nation tour

United States diplomat Tibor Nagy is visiting Africa this week, with stops planned for Togo, Guinea, Mali and Nigeria. Nagy, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, made stops in Europe before heading to  Lomé for meetings with government officials and a conference of U.S. diplomats. He is…

Growing concern on Mali at UN Security Council

During a briefing Friday with the UN Security Council, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said he is extremely concerned over the increasing number of attacks by armed groups in Mali. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the undersecretary general for peacekeeping operations, also lamented delays with the implementation of the 2015 peace…

Mali: Beijing to send envoy for IBK inauguration ceremony

China confirms that it is sending a special envoy to Mali for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s inauguration on Saturday. Zheng Jianbang, the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, will represent President Xi Jinping in Bamako at Keïta’s invitation. “China and Mali enjoy profound…

Report: Poll chief killed near Timbuktu during Mali runoff election

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali was expected to win Sunday’s second-round runoff election, as he faced Soumaila Cissé, the main URD opposition candidate, to determine the country’s final presidential election result. Keïta, the EPM party’s incumbent candidate, received 41.4 percent of votes cast in the July 29 election, according…

Mali elections: Keïta, Cissé head to August 12 runoff

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta of Mali will face Soumaila Cissé, the main URD opposition candidate, in a second-round runoff to determine the country’s final presidential election result. Keïta, the EPM party’s incumbent candidate, received 41.4 percent of votes cast on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Territorial Administration responsible for…

Uneasy Mali counts down to Sunday elections

The head of the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) says that the country is prepared for a successful election on Sunday, despite the recent rise in violence against civilians and the chronic challenges presented by regional Islamic extremists. Mahamat Saleh Annadif, speaking with the MINUSMA radio network in Mali,…