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Mali ex-rebels reject national charter on peace deal anniversary; Dozens killedw/l
Bamako (AFP) June 20, 2017
Mali's former rebel alliance on Tuesday rejected a national reconciliation charter unveiled on the second anniversary of the signing a peace deal with the government, underscoring the country's fraying peace process. Ex-rebels of the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) signed a peace deal on June 20, 2015 aimed at curbing separatist uprisings in Mali's north after a 2012 rebellion was hijacked by jihadists, throwing the nation into chaos. A ceremony to hand the president the national recon ... read more

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Five Mali soldiers killed in attack on military camp
Five soldiers were killed Saturday in northern Mali, where a surge in violence has prompted calls for the UN to create a new anti-jihadist force for the region. ... more
France says UN likely to support Sahel anti-jihadist force
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Qatar withdraws peacekeepers from Djibouti-Eritrea border
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Tunisian soldier dead after landmine blast
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UN peacekeeper death toll rises after Mali jihadist attack
The death toll in a jihadist attack on UN peacekeepers in northern Mali has risen to four, the United Nations mission in the country said Saturday. ... more
France faces US reservations over UN backing for Sahel force
France on Friday sought to address US reservations over its request that the United Nations authorize an African military force tasked with fighting jihadists in the Sahel region. ... more
EU to give 50 million euros for African force in Sahel
The EU is giving 50 million euros to set up a joint African military force in the Sahel region to fight jihadists, the bloc's foreign affairs chief said Monday. ... more
One dead after Gambian protesters clash with W. African troops
A Gambian protester died of gunshot wounds Saturday, the day after being shot as supporters of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh clashed with West African forces. ... more
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