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Mali: Four United Nations peacekeepers killed in an attack

– – Four United Nations peacekeepers have been killed by suspected jihadists in the north of the country. The UN mission in Mali said several others were also wounded in the attack on a camp run by Chadian peacekeepers in Aguelhok. Helicopters were dispatched to the scene to evacuate the wounded from the camp, according to the UN mission. But the U.N. mission also said that the attackers suffered heavy losses with several of their members found dead at the site of the attack. In a statement on Friday the…

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Morocco retain CHAN title with a 2-0 win over Mali

– – Morocco became the first team to successfully defend the African Nation Championship (CHAN) trophy with a 2-0 win over Mali in Cameroon. The Moroccans were made to work hard for their win and both of their goals came from second-half corners in front of around 6,700 fans at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde. Soufiane Bouftini headed home the first and that was followed up by another from Ayoub El Kaabi, who scored nine goals in 2018 to help Morocco win the title on home soil. To make…

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CHAN: Morocco and Mali to fight for the title

– – Sunday’s delayed 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final between holders Morocco and Mali will see history made whoever lifts the trophy. While Morocco could become the first nation to successfully defend the title, after winning on home soil in 2018, Mali are seeking a first success in the tournament for players based in their own domestic leagues. “There is no team that has retained the CHAN title,” said Morocco coach Houcine Ammouta. “We want to become the first team to achieve this and we remain positive, taking one step…

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CHAN: Holders Morocco through to meet Mali in final

– – Morocco will defend their African Nations Championship (CHAN) title against Mali in Sunday’s final in Yaounde after the holders thrashed Cameroon 4-0 in Wednesday’s semi-final. The Moroccans were simply too good for the hosts, as a double from Soufiane Rahimi either side of goals from Soufiane Bouftini and Mohammed Ali Bemammer secured a comprehensive win. “It was a little difficult for us from the start, but things got better when we scored the first goal,” said Morocco coach Houcine Ammouta, whose side are the first to reach successive…

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Mali dissolves military junta which overthrew Keïta’s government

– – Mali’s military junta, the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) which overthrew former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been dissolved. According to a government decree the dissolution comes exactly five months after the junta staged the coup. The decree was signed by the transitional President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane. The junta remained in place even after the transfer of power to an interim civilian government following the 18 August 18 coup. Its dissolution was among demands made by the regional bloc, the…

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Mali goes into another lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge

– – Mali’s government has announced another lock-down to fight the surge in coronavirus cases. The country is recording an average of 150 new covid-19 infections forcing hospitals into a major crisis. The government has put a coronavirus prevention measure into effect to ensure that the numbers do not get out of control . Harouna Mamadou Toureh, the Minister of Public Service and a government spokesperson on Friday told the media that “The state of emergency is adopted this Friday, December 18, 2020, and for a duration of 10 days. A…

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Ecowas leaders happy with Mali’s transition progress

– – Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have expressed happiness about the transition progress in Mali. Ecowas this month announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to handover to a civilian led transitional government. Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba…

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Mali: Detained former Prime Minister released

– – The interim government of Mali has said that the country’s former prime minister, Boubou Cissé who was detained following August’s coup has now been released. Authorities have also announced the release of a dozen political and military figures arrested during the coup. A statement from the transitional government said the former detainees would remain available for any courts hearings if needed. The coup in August carried out by soldiers plunged Mali into a political crisis, forcing regional bloc Ecowas to impose sanctions. A transitional government has now been…

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Mali: French aid worker, veteran politician freed by Jihadists

– – Jihadists in Mali have freed a French aid worker, Sophie Pétronin who has been held hostage since 2016. Sophie Pétronin’s family have confirmed her release, and said the 75 year old aid worker – was on her way to the capital, Bamako. Ms Pétronin was abducted by al-Qaeda- linked gunmen in the northern city of Gao where she had been running a charity on December 24, 2016. The veteran opposition and former presidential candidate Soumaïla Cissé, 70, who was also abducted by the militants has also been released, according…

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Ecowas lifts sanctions imposed on Mali

– – The West African regional group, Ecowas has announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Ecowas immediately imposed the sanctions on Mali in August when the coup was carried out by soldiers, a move that was meant to return Mali to a civilian rule. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to handover…

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