Mali govt, rebels swap prisoners ahead of peace talks

Tuareg rebels and the Malian government on Tuesday exchanged dozens of prisoners in a goodwill gesture on the eve of peace talks opening in Algiers, an AFP correspondent witnessed.

UN chief urges ceasefire and talks in Mali

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging immediate implementation of a ceasefire agreement in northern Mali.

Mali in crisis as rebels take control of northern towns

Mali was in crisis Thursday after losing two northern towns including the rebel bastion of Kidal to Tuareg separatists in a humiliating defeat forcing the government to call for an "immediate ceasefire".

Tuareg rebels kill Mali soldiers, seize northern town

Tuareg militants killed several Malian soldiers during clashes in the rebel bastion of Kidal on Wednesday, a United Nations source told AFP, as the insurgents claimed to have taken control of the town.

Mali urges expanded peacekeeping mandate after clashes

Mali`s foreign affairs minister has asked the UN Security Council to expand the peacekeeping mandate and efforts to disarm Tuareg rebels after renewed violence in a key town.

Tuareg rebels free hostages seized in northern Mali

Tuareg rebels on Monday released 32 civil servants taken hostage in a deadly siege at government offices in northern Mali, the United Nations` MINUSMA peacekeeping force said.

Unrest jeopardises Mali PM`s northern tour

The Malian Army exchanged gunfire with Tuareg separatist rebels on Saturday, throwing into doubt the prime minister`s visit to the rebel-controlled northeast.

UN gives green light to deployment of Mali force

The June 18 accord between Mali`s government and the Tuareg rebels has raised hopes that the West African country is on track to regaining stability after losing half its territory last year to a rebel invasion.

Mali to sign deal with Tuareg rebels Tuesday: Envoy

Bamako will on Tuesday sign a deal with Tuareg rebels occupying a key northern city that is expected to pave the way for nationwide polls next month, a Mali government envoy told a news agency.

Mali President to examine compromise peace deal

International mediators have failed to convince Mali`s President to sign a deal with northern Tuareg rebels that would pave the way for nationwide polls next month, with the talks now expected to take several more days.

Qaeda using Mali crisis to expand, France warns

France warned the seizure of northern Mali by a Tuareg-led rebellion was playing into the hands of local al Qaeda units.

Sanctions go into effect in post-coup Mali

Mali`s neighbors decided at an emergency summit Monday to impose an embargo, shutting their borders with Mali.