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Malian authorities found overnight Tuesday in the southern garrison town of Kati near the capital Bamako, a mass grave containing the bodies believed to be those of soldiers close to Mali’s ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, officials said.
Mali's defence minister vowed Monday he would not pose "any obstacle" to the court case against General Amadou Sanogo, the leader of a March 2012 coup that plunged the country into crisis
Mali's MNLA Tuareg separatist group said on Friday it was ending a ceasefire agreed with the government in June and taking up arms following violence in the northern city of Kidal.
Malian soldiers clashed with stone-throwing protesters who occupied an airport runway to prevent Mali's Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly visiting the rebel-controlled northeastern town of Kidal, officials said.
Malian security forces have detained General Amadou Sanogo, the leader of the coup that plunged the country into chaos last year, the defense ministry said on Wednesday. Sanogo has this month repeatedly ignored summons by the justice ministry to attend questioning over six deaths during an army protest in September.
Election officials in Mali are counting votes after reports of irregularities. Despite low-level protests in the north and a poor turnout, observers did not report major incidents.
Millions of Malians were expected to vote on Sunday in parliamentary elections intended to cap the troubled west African nation's return to democracy but overshadowed by the threat of Islamist reprisals.
The kidnapping and killing near Kidal of French journalists Ghislaine Du Pont and Claude Verlon on November 2 may have brought the security problems in Mali’s still contested north-east sharply into focus, but it has long been clear that Mali, France and the UN are dealing with more than minor residual problems.
Ministers from countries across the Sahel and Maghreb agreed Thursday to create a border security training centre in a bid to confront Islamist-linked violence plaguing the huge desert region.
Mali's government is confident that the shaky security situation in the desert north will not stop nationwide legislative elections from going ahead later this month, a minister said in an interview published Sunday.