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Islamic State claims responsibility for Mali attack which killed 53 soldiers, one civilian; group has claimed several strikes since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death
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Islamic State claims responsibility for Mali attack which killed 53 soldiers, one civilian; group has claimed several strikes since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death

At least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an attack on an army post in northern Mali, the government said, in one of the deadliest strikes against the West African country’s military in recent memory

Two French soldiers suspended over Burkina child sex claims
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Two French soldiers suspended over Burkina child sex claims

France has suspended two of its soldiers over allegations they sexually abused children, including a five-year-old girl, in the west African country of Burkina Faso, the defence ministry said.

Ban Ki-moon appoints independent panel to review UN handling of alleged sexual abuse by French troops
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Ban Ki-moon appoints independent panel to review UN handling of alleged sexual abuse by French troops

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed an independent panel Monday to review the United Nations' handling of allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic.

French prez Hollande vows 'no mercy' if Central Africa child rape allegations are true
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French prez Hollande vows 'no mercy' if Central Africa child rape allegations are true

French leader Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to "show no mercy" if peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic accused of raping starving children in exchange for food were found guilty.

Mali: Al-Qaeda linked jihadist claims responsibility for attack on UN
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Mali: Al-Qaeda linked jihadist claims responsibility for attack on UN

Friday's attack, the deadliest against the UN mission in Mali, targeted a contingent of peacekeepers from Niger.

French troops clash with Central African Republic gunmen in capital
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French troops clash with Central African Republic gunmen in capital

French troops in Central African Republic clashed with gunmen in the capital Bangui on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings since last week.

French troops to leave Timbuktu this week
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French troops to leave Timbuktu this week

French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight today, as a military spokeswoman said that French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.

US backs French military intervention in Mali
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US backs French military intervention in Mali

"The US is continuing to support international military action in Mali. We support the French goal of denying terrorists a safe haven in the region. We support the French operation," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Forces secure access to Timbuktu, says France
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Forces secure access to Timbuktu, says France

The move marked the latest inroad by the two-week-old French mission to oust radical Islamists from the northern half of Mali, which they seized more than nine months ago.

Malians celebrate as French troops near Timbuktu
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Malians celebrate as French troops near Timbuktu

The weekend gains made at Gao and Timbuktu by the French and Malian troops capped a two-week whirlwind intervention by France in its former Sahel colony, which has driven al Qaeda-allied militant fighters northwards into the desert and mountains.

Mali troops reach Islamic stronghold in far east
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Mali troops reach Islamic stronghold in far east

Mali's military and French forces have pushed toward the Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation two weeks ago.

Mali govt warns of human rights violence by French troops
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Mali govt warns of human rights violence by French troops

A witness said that he saw soldiers fatally shoot at least three people and dump their bodies in a nearby well.

Why the Malian is army ill-equipped to fight Islamists
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Why the Malian is army ill-equipped to fight Islamists

Security experts have long expressed concern about the weakness of Mali's military and its inability to contribute forcefully in the international intervention against the Islamist extremists.

French troops being transported to Mali by US
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French troops being transported to Mali by US

US Africa Command says American planes have begun transporting French troops and equipment in support of the country's mission in Mali.

French leads all-night bombing in minuscule Mali town
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French leads all-night bombing in minuscule Mali town

A convoy of 40 to 50 armed trucks carrying French troops crossed into Mali from Ivory Coast, where they were stationed, as France prepares for a possible land assault.