UN chief concerned about attacks on peacekeepers in Mali

 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday recent attacks on the UN mission in Mali highlighted the urgent need for a political settlement with rebels in the country`s north.

Mali rebels confirm refusal to sign peace deal

 Mali`s Tuareg-led rebellion reaffirmed in a statement Wednesday its refusal to sign a peace deal agreed by other armed groups and the government and due to be rubber stamped on May 15.

Mali rebels meet in Algiers to discuss rejected peace deal

Tuareg-led rebels from north Mali said on Thursday they are meeting with Algerian mediators in Algiers to discuss the terms of preliminary peace deal they rejected last month.

Mali rebels hopeful of `decisive` meeting on peace deal

 Mali`s Tuareg-led rebels voiced hope Tuesday that their next meeting with international mediators would prove "decisive" for a peace deal that has been stalled for months.

Mali rebels ask to meet mediators to improve peace deal

Mali`s Tuareg-led rebels called on Monday for a meeting with Algerian mediators to "improve" a proposed peace deal with the government in Bamako, describing the accord as a "good basis" for progress.

Mali peace deal to be signed Sunday in Algiers: Ministry

 Mali`s government and six militant groups from the country`s violence-strewn north are to sign a peace accord in Algiers on Sunday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced.

Unrest foils Libya poll rerun in Tuareg south, jihadist east

A second attempt to organise voting for a constituent assembly in a mainly Tuareg region of southwestern Libya and a jihadist bastion in the east has failed in the face of persistent insecurity.

Mali holds crisis talks with Tuareg rebels

Talks between Malian authorities and armed ethnic Tuareg rebels aimed at resolving the conflict in the north of the country opened today after a day`s delay.

`Child soldiers continue to be recruited in Mali`

The UN Children`s Fund has reported that an alarming number of children continue to be recruited by Malian armed rebels.

Mali rebels agree on new Islamic state based on Sharia

Two rebel groups that seized northern Mali have reportedly agreed to merge and create an independent Islamic state.

Interim Mali leader promises vote, anti-rebel fight

Former Parliament speaker Dioncounda Traore took over as Mali`s interim President on Thursday.

Mali: Peace Corps leaves; US travel warning issued

The latest travel warning followed the formal resignation of Mali`s President Amadou Toumani Toure.

Algeria cannot accept break-up of Mali: PM

Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said he is very worried by the situation in Mali.

AU, US reject Mali rebels` independence declaration

Mali`s Tuareg rebels, who have seized control of the country`s distant north, declared independence of the Azawad nation.

Mali`s Tuareg rebels declare independence

The MNLA`s executive committee called on the
international community immediately to recognize the
independent state.

Mali: Islamist group plants flag in Timbuktu

A member of the military says the rebel Ansar Dine group drove in a 10-car convoy and planted their black flag.

Mali sanction deadline expires, rebels seize north

Mali braced for possible sanctions after its military rulers pledged to start returning power to civilians.

Tuareg rebels seize Timbuktu, say Malian `occupation` over

Rebels have said Timbuktu is among the three main regional centres they are targeting in a push to create a desert homeland.

Mali Army abandons Gao after rebel attack

The assault on Gao came a day after the rebels - a loose alliance of separatist nomad Tuaregs and local Islamists - seized Kidal.

Mali rebels attack northern town in coup aftermath

A government source in Niger who is talking to both sides of the conflict also confirmed the attack.