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Mali Frees More Jihadists, Boosting Hostage Release Scenario

A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali, sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity worker and Malian politician held by the insurgents may be freed in a swap.

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New Mali Junta Opens Talks on Transition to Civilian Rule

Mali's military junta will hold meetings on Saturday to discuss its promised transition to civilian rule after mounting pressure from neighbours to yield power in the weeks since it overthrew the nation's leader. 

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Mali Junta Wants Three-year Military Rule, Agrees to Free President

The junta that seized power in Mali wants a military-led transitional body to rule for three years and has agreed to release the ousted president, a source in a visiting West African delegation and the rebel soldiers said Sunday.

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Mali's President Announces Resignation after Armed Mutiny

Mali's president announced his resignation late Tuesday, just hours after armed soldiers seized him from his home in a dramatic power grab following months of protests demanding his ouster.

The news of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's departure was met with jubilation by anti-government demonstrators and alarm by former colonial ruler France, and other allies and foreign nations.

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18 UN Troops, 2 Civilians Injured in Mali Mortar Attack

Eighteen UN troops and two civilians were wounded Thursday in a mortar attack on a military base in northern Mali, a UN official said, in fresh violence in the war-torn West African country.

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Canada Peacekeepers to Stay in Mali an Extra Month Till End-August

Canadian personnel participating in the UN peacekeeping force in Mali will remain in place until the end of August, a month longer than planned, to ensure a smooth transition, the government said Friday.

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Malian Government Resigns as Anger Mounts over Massacre

Mali's prime minister resigned along with his entire government on Thursday following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead.

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Mali Goes to the Polls Again in Legislative Vote on October 28

Nearly three months after a disputed presidential run-off, Malians will go to the polls again in legislative elections on October 28, officials have announced.

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French Soldiers Ambushed by 'Terrorists' in Mali

French soldiers operating in troubled northern Mali came under attack in the Gao region on Sunday, according to Western and Malian military sources.

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France Sends Backup to Niger after 16 Troops Killed

France is to send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16, the defense ministry said. 

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