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Ex-Mali President Amadou Passes On In Exile

Ex-Mali President Amadou Passes On In Exile

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By Our Reporter It is grief and sadness in Mali following the unfortunate demise of their former president Amadou Toumani Toure, who passed away on Monday night at a hospital in Turkey, where he was living in exile. Toure, who led the Sahel nation for a decade before being ousted in a coup,  died at age 72, a family member and a doctor said on Tuesday, although they didn’t give details. "Amadou Toumani Toure died during the night of Monday to Tuesday in Turkey," where he had been taken for health reasons, his nephew Oumar Toure told AFP. A hospital doctor in Bamako said the former leader had recently undergone heart surgery, although it is not clear whether he died of heart complications. Although "everything seemed to be going well", the doctor said he was later trans...
Horror As French Forces Kill Civilian, Wound Two In Mali

Horror As French Forces Kill Civilian, Wound Two In Mali

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By Our Reporter France's army command in Mali has said French troops killed a civilian and wounded two others after a bus did not slow down in a volatile area despite their visual alerts and warning shots. This version of events, however, was disputed by bus company director Abdoulaye Haidara, who told AFP news agency that his driver had denied refusing to stop and did not hear any warning shots. The incident occurred about 50km (30 miles) from the city of Gao in the conflict-hit country's north. The French army command said on Tuesday the troops fired warning shots in the ground but two bullets ricocheted and hit the windscreen, wounding three people, including one fatally. "The seriously wounded person was evacuated by helicopter to the hospital of the [French] Barkhane ...
West African states to send delegation ‘immediately’ to Mali.

West African states to send delegation ‘immediately’ to Mali.

FEATURED, Politics
Leaders of the West African group ECOWAS pledged action following a military coup in Mali that sent shockwaves around the region. The junta that seized power announced they will put in place a "transitional government." West African leaders on Thursday called for the ousted president of Mali to be restored to office while also seeking a return of constitutional order following the coup that took place in the country earlier this week. "We have decided to immediately send a high-level delegation in order to ensure the immediate return of constitutional order," said the chair of the regional bloc ECOWAS (The Economic Community of West African States), Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou. "We call for the restoration of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as president," Issoufou said in...

25- Year Old is Behind Mali’s Coup!

FEATURED, Rwanda
The masterminds of Mali's coup that ousted President Ibrahim Keïta on Tuesday include the deputy head of a military camp and a French-trained general. BBC Monitoring has profiled three high-ranking military leaders thought to have played key roles in the coup. 1. Col Malick Diaw Col. Malick Diaw, the number one behind the Mali Coup. He is the deputy head of the Kati camp where the mutiny started. There is very little information about him apart from reports that he recently returned from training in Russia. He stood next to Air Force deputy chief of staff Col-Major Ismael Wagué who read a statement on Wednesday on behalf of the junta to announce the military takeover. "Colonel Diaw is believed to be the leader of the mutiny at Kati camp, 15km [nine miles] from Bamakoi...
Mali’s Keita resigns as president after military mutiny.

Mali’s Keita resigns as president after military mutiny.

FEATURED, Latest News, Rwanda
Mutinying soldiers who forced Keita's resignation say they will hold new elections within a 'reasonable time'. By our reporter. Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned late on Tuesday, hours after mutinying soldiers seized him from his home following months of mass protests against alleged corruption and worsening security in the West African country. The news of Keita's departure was met with jubilation by anti-government demonstrators, while leaders of the military coup said they would enact a political transition and stage elections within a "reasonable time". Keita announced his decision to step down in a brief address on national broadcaster ORTM at around midnight. Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, the 75-year-old said his resignation - three years...
United Nations Soldiers Blown To Pieces By Roadside Bomb

United Nations Soldiers Blown To Pieces By Roadside Bomb

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By Elite Reporter At least three United Nations soldiers from Chad are believed to have died in Mali  after their convoy hit a roadside bomb, according to officials. The blast in the northern region of Aguelhok left four more soldiers seriously wounded, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, said in a statement on Sunday. "We will have to make every effort to identify and apprehend those responsible for these terrorist acts so that they can be brought to justice," said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, MINUSMA mission head. "I bow before the remains of these brave Blue Helmets who died in the service of peace in Mali," he added. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned what he described as a "cowardly" attack. Guterres called upon the authorities in...
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