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UN urges Tuareg rebels to resume Mali peace talks | GlobalPost

The UN’s envoy to Mali, Bert Koenders, on Friday urged Tuareg and Arab rebels to return to peace talks with the Bamako government, amid a resurgence of violence in the north of the country. The rebels, who are fighting for autonomy in northern Mali, announced in late September that they were pulling out of talks with the government. For more ...

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Watch A Supergroup From Mali Sing For Peace | All Songs Considered: NPR

There’s a major crisis in Mali right now — and many of its best-known musicians have banded together to respond. Days before at globalFEST in New York City, the Malian singer, actress and dancer Fatoumata Diawara returned from her country’s capital city, Bamako. She had just completed her urgent mission: to gather together as many prominent Malian singers and musicians ...

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Mali army enters Kidal under peace deal ahead of polls | BBC News

Mali’s army has re-entered the rebel-held town of Kidal as part of efforts to improve security before the presidential election, officials say. Tuareg rebels captured Kidal after a French-led offensive forced militant Islamists out in February. But the rebels agreed in June to allow troops into the northern town as part of a peace deal. The occupation of Kidal had ...

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UN gives go-ahead to deployment of Mali peacekeepers | BBC News

The United Nations Security Council has agreed that a UN peacekeeping force of 12,600 troops should be deployed in Mali from 1 July. Britain’s ambassador to the UN said there was “unanimous agreement” for UN peacekeepers to take over from the African-led operation imminently. The UN will stick to a schedule drawn up in April. International forces intervened in February ...

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Hollande wins Unesco peace prize for Mali intervention | BBC News

France’s president has received a major prize from the United Nations’ cultural organisation for his decision to send troops to Mali in January. Francois Hollande was awarded the annual Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize by Unesco at a ceremony in Paris. The president of the jury praised Mr Hollande for the “solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa”. The ...

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Tuareg rebels refuse to disarm, take part in Mali polls | AFP

Separatist Tuareg rebels in Mali on Wednesday refused to disarm or take part in elections planned for July until negotiations have taken place with Bamako. “The disarmament of the MNLA the Tuareg’s National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad is out of the question. Have you ever seen a group disarm without negotiations?” Paris-based spokesman Mahamadou Djeri Maiga told a ...

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‘A very unfortunate decision’: French President gets UNESCO peace prize | RT Op-Edge

Abayomi Azikiwe

“Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa, and on Mali in particular, the jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa,” the Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize said in a statement on Thursday. France started a military operation in Mali on January 11, 2013, with the aim of the ...

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