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French special forces pilot Damien Boiteux killed in Mali attacks

This is the French military helicopter pilot killed as his country launched twin attacks in Africa against Islamist groups and a failed attempt to release a hostage. Lt Damien Boiteux, 41,...

Mali rebels reject proposed peace deal and demand more talks

Mar 17, 2015    

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Rebels and community leaders in northern Mali have rejected a U.N.-brokered preliminary peace deal after days of discussions in the desert region they call Azawad and are demanding further negotiations.Drawn up after months of talks in Algeria and signed by the government in Bamako this month, the agreement is aimed at tackling decades of rebellion in the north, where Islamist militants are now fighting thousands of French and U.N. troops.The Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), representing five rebel groups, said the document was a good basis for further discussions but...

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