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BAMAKO, Mali | EU training mission comes under attack in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The European Union training mission that is working to boost the Malian military says one of its centers has come under attack. In a tweet Sunday, the mission known as EUTM said that no members of its team were wounded in the attack on the Koulikoro training center. It did, however, … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | EU training mission comes under attack in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali | African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

BAMAKO, Mali — Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May. More than 100 politicians, diplomats and albinos attended the forum on Friday. Keita described how albinos … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

BAMAKO, Mali | Mali singer, albino activist raises awareness of violence

BAMAKO, Mali — Singer and albino activist Salif Keita has dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May. The Saturday night concert followed a forum on protecting albino people in Africa that Keita assembled. More than 100 politicians, diplomats and albinos attended the forum … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Mali singer, albino activist raises awareness of violence

BAMAKO, Mali | Mali President Keita sworn in to a second 5-year term

BAMAKO, Mali  — Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been sworn in to a new five-year term in the presence of former rebels and several other personalities although the opposition continues to dispute his election win. Keita, 73, was inaugurated Tuesday following his August 20 election victory, which was later confirmed by the Constitutional Court. … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Mali President Keita sworn in to a second 5-year term

BAMAKO, Mali | Mali constitutional court upholds election results

BAMAKO, Mali  — Mali’s constitutional court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term. The court said Keita received 67 percent of the Aug. 12 runoff vote, beating opposition leader Soumaila Cisse who received more than 32 percent. There was a 34 percent voter turnout, the constitutional court … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Mali constitutional court upholds election results

BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats

BAMAKO, Mali  — Malians voted Sunday in a runoff presidential election to determine if incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will remain in office in this sprawling West African nation threatened by rising extremist violence. He faced off against opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. Sunday’s polls had low turnout by closing amid attacks and threats of violence by … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats

BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid security concerns

BAMAKO, Mali  — Malians are voting in a presidential runoff election between incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. Sunday’s polls opened to a light rain and a light turnout. Many worry that the vote in the sprawling West African nation could be marred by increased security concerns. In the July 29 first-round … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Malians vote in presidential runoff amid security concerns

BAMAKO, Mali  | Mali votes in presidential election amid insecurity

BAMAKO, Mali  — Voting started slowly Sunday as people in Mali head to the polls to vote for a president amid increasing attacks by a number of extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State organization. Voters have expressed concern about being targeted after al-Qaida’s Mali branch had warned months ago against going to … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali  | Mali votes in presidential election amid insecurity

BAMAKO, Mali  | ‘I am very scared for the elections’; Mali goes to the polls

BAMAKO, Mali  — Mali’s voters have been warned: Months before Sunday’s presidential election, the local branch of al-Qaida issued a statement telling people in this increasingly volatile West African nation to stay away from the polls. High-profile attacks by a number of extremist groups, including fighters linked to the Islamic State organization, are complicating what … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali  | ‘I am very scared for the elections’; Mali goes to the polls