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Mali hotel siege ends, hostages freed

Malian special forces backed by French soldiers ended the siege of a hotel in central Mali early on Saturday, freeing four hostages being held there by suspected Islamist militants, a defence ministry spokesman said. "It seem

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Jihadists kill six, take hostages in Mali hotel

Suspected Islamist militants attacked a hotel in central Mali used by UN staff, killing at least six people, taking others hostage and holding off troops encircling the building on Friday, residents and military sources said. A Ru

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Emirates to launch flights to Bamako,Mali

Dubai-based Emirates airline plans to add Bamako, the capital and largest city of Mali, to its global network from October 25. Bamako is one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a population of about 2.3 million people, and i

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ADFD signs $90m loan for Mali solar project

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) recently signed a Dh33 million ($90.6 million) loan agreement with the Government of Mali to finance a hybrid solar energy project in Mali. The signing ceremony was held at the ADFD headquarte

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Air Algerie plane wreckage found in Mali

Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeri

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Bahrain to donate $10m for Mali

Bahrain will donate $10 million to two UN support funds for Mali's defence and security forces and the Forces of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali, a report said. The aid was announced by Foreign Minister S

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French, Malian forces take rebel stronghold

  French and Malian forces fighting Islamist rebels took control on Saturday of the rebel bastion of Gao, the biggest military success so far in an offensive against Al Qaeda-allied insurgents occupying the country's north.

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French forces seize key Mali airport, bridge

French forces in Mali have seized the airport and the bridge over the Niger River at the Islamist rebel-held stronghold of Gao, the French Defence Ministry said on Saturday. French and Malian troops have advanced rapidly against a

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Foreigners still trapped in Algeria hostage crisis

More than 20 foreigners were captive or missing inside a desert gas plant on Saturday, nearly two days after the Algerian army launched an assault to free them that saw many hostages killed. The standoff between the Algerian army

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Algeria crisis ends; 30 hostages killed

Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of hostages but 30, including several Westerners, were killed in the assault along with at least 11 of their Islamist captors, an Algerian security source told Reuters.

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