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Mali needs to focus on its security, Nigerian president says

Mali needs to focus on its security, under threat from Islamic extremists, and put individual interests aside after a coup last week deposed the president and left a power vacuum, Nigeria’s president said Wednesday after discussing negotiations with the junta with a regional envoy.

French troops stay in Mali after coup, no end in sight

Less than two months ago, French President Emmanuel Macron, standing with five West African leaders, said that “we are all convinced that victory is possible” in the war against terrorism spearheaded by France in 2013. Today, one of the five leaders has fallen. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the president of Mali — the country at the center of the battle against Islamist extremists — was ousted last week in a coup d’etat.

Mali junta insists president did not resign under duress

The military junta now in charge of Mali insisted Monday that former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had resigned of his own free will and was not overthrown, as the officers now running the country try to prolong their rule until 2023.

Mali’s president and prime minister held by mutinous troops

Mutinous soldiers detained Mali’s president and prime minister Tuesday after surrounding a residence and firing into the air in an apparent coup attempt after several months of demonstrations calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s ouster.

French forces kill al-Qaida’s North African commander

French forces have killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, the France’s defense minister announced late Friday, in what would be a major victory for France after years of battling jihadists in the Sahel.

Sweden: Fake officer didn’t spy at NATO or hurt security

A man who duped the Swedish military for 18 years by using forged credentials and who even worked at NATO headquarters and was a contact for Russia’s security services did not divulge any secret information that could harm Sweden’s security, the country’s top military commander said Thursday.

13 French soldiers killed in helicopter collision in Mali

Two helicopters collided on a moonless night and killed 13 French soldiers fighting Islamic State group-linked extremists in Mali, France said Tuesday, mourning its highest military death toll in nearly four decades.

Islamic State group claims deadly ambush on Niger soldiers

Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for ambushing a military convoy in the West African nation of Niger, killing 28 soldiers in an area near the Malian border where extremists killed four U.S. soldiers in 2017.

Talented young center Oumar Ballo signs with Gonzaga

Gonzaga officially added a big piece of its 2019 recruiting class. The Zags on Tuesday announced the signing of Oumar Ballo, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound center from Mali. He orally committed following a campus visit in late February.

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

Mali’s opposition leader on Friday rejected the announcement that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the winner of a presidential runoff in this West African nation, saying he would be filing a fraud complaint to the Constitutional Court.

Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats

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.