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American Aid Worker Died in Mali Hotel Attack

Anita Datar is one of 20 confirmed victims

(Newser) - The death toll in Friday's terrorist attack on a hotel in Mali stands at 20, including an American woman described by her family as "one of the kindest and most generous people we know." Anita Datar, the only confirmed US casualty in the attack, was an international... More »

Hostages All Freed in Mali Hotel Siege: Reports

But security forces still said to be trying to 'dislodge' gunmen

(Newser) - The hostage crisis at a luxury hotel in Mali's capital appears to be over, according to various reports, but not before dozens of people are said to have perished in the attack. Security sources tell Reuters that Malian commandos stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako after 170 hostages... More »

Gunmen Have Dozens of Hostages at Mali Hotel

Security forces have freed some of them

(Newser) - Men shouting "God is great" and armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed into the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital Friday morning and initially seized 170 hostages. "They have locked in about 140 guests and about 30 employees," a rep for the company that owns... More »

Dutch Hostage Free After Years in Mali

Sjaak Rijke was rescued by French special forces

(Newser) - A Dutchman who was held in captivity by Islamic militants for more than three years has left Mali and is headed back home, officials say. Sjaak Rijke, who was abducted from a hotel in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in November 2011, flew into Mali's capital Bamako yesterday after being rescued... More »

Militants Attack Mali Nightclub, Killing 5

French, Belgian, Swiss citizens among the victims

(Newser) - A masked gunman sprayed bullets in a nightclub popular with foreigners in Mali's capital early today, killing at least five people there and in a subsequent shooting spree. Among those killed at La Terrasse in Bamako were a French citizen and a Belgian security officer for the European Union.... More »

Malaria Nets Can't Stop New 'Super Mosquito'

Insects created by interbreeding 2 Mali species survive exposure

(Newser) - For years, campaigns such as Nothing But Nets have been trying to control the scourge of malaria —a blood disease spread by mosquito bites—by sending insecticide-laced nets to hard-hit regions (mostly in Africa). But a University of California-Davis study has some bad news: Researchers have discovered a hybrid... More »

Huge Mountains Fed Ocean Life 600M Years Ago

Range stretched 1.5K miles from Africa to South America

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered evidence of an ancient mountain range that spread 1,550 miles from Africa to South America back when the two continents were one. And strange as it may sound, the massive mountain range on the supercontinent Gondwana, similar in size to the Himalayas, actually fed our oceans... More »

No Survivors in Mali Crash

French troops locate one black box after plane goes down

(Newser) - French officials have sent troops to secure the site in northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed yesterday, but expect no miracles: "Sadly, there is no survivor," French President Francois Hollande said today, reports the Guardian . He also said that one black box had been recovered and... More »

Mali: We've Spotted Wreckage of Missing Plane

President announces find, but it hasn't been confirmed yet

(Newser) - There's still no word on the fate of 116 people aboard an Air Algerie flight that went missing over Mali today, but multiple reports say wreckage has been spotted. The most credible comes via Reuters from Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. "I have just been informed that the... More »

Tracks in Sand Led to Journos' Suspected Killer

Detainees thought to include 'at least one of 4 killers'

(Newser) - A Malian intelligence official says about a half-dozen people have been detained by French forces east of the north Mali city of Kidal in connection with the kidnapping and killing of two French journalists . The official says the journalists' bodies were found next to the attackers' abandoned car. He says... More »

2 French Journalists Kidnapped, Killed in Mali

Radio reporters taken following interview

(Newser) - Two French radio journalists were kidnapped by gunmen in northern Mali today and killed hours later, the French Foreign Ministry says. It says the bodies of Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont have been found. Earlier, radio station RFI confirmed the kidnappings on its website, saying that the two were taken... More »

France Goes Shopping for US Drones

Congress has approved two for Mali military operations

(Newser) - France is looking to assemble a fleet of intelligence gathering drones to use in its military operations in Mali, and is in talks with both the US and Israel to get its hands on some. The Pentagon has already approved the sale of two Reaper drones (Congress still needs to... More »

Chad: We Killed Terrorist Who Led Gas Plant Attack

But France says it can't confirm the slaying of Moktar Belmoktar

(Newser) - The head of Chad's military has announced on state television that Chadian troops deployed in northern Mali killed Moktar Belmoktar , the international terrorist responsible for the attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria that resulted in the death of dozens of foreigners. The French military, which is leading... More »

Obama: Our Mission in Niger Has Begun

At least 100 military personnel stationed next to Mali

(Newser) - President Obama told Congress today that he has sent troops to Niger to support France's mission against militants in neighboring Mali, Reuters reports. But the deployment of about 100 military personnel will only set up a base for unarmed aircraft to conduct surveillance, he wrote in a letter. He... More »

Militants Drop Tipsheet for Ducking Drone Attacks

Tips include hiding under trees, painting cars with dirt

(Newser) - Islamic militants fleeing northern Mali left behind a fascinating list—of al-Qaeda's tips for avoiding drone attacks, the AP reports. The tips themselves are nothing new—they've been posted on websites for a couple of years—but with Mali militants having them, it's clear how well-coordinated al-Qaeda... More »

French, Mali Forces Re-Take City After Rebel Canoe Raid

Analysts warn this could be start of guerrilla campaign

(Newser) - It may be too soon to call Mali "mission accomplie," after Islamic rebels renewed fighting in the eastern city of Gao last night, reports the Christian Science Monitor . About a dozen rebels sneaked across the Niger River over the weekend in canoes, placing snipers on buildings to fire... More »

French Eye Mali Exit

Minister hopes to begin handover to African troops soon

(Newser) - French troops may start pulling out of Mali as early as next month, handing over to a still-developing African force. The potential withdrawal, floated by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in a newspaper interview, came as forces from France and Chad secured a key bastion in northern Mali, the city... More »

Hollande Visits as French Army Continues Mali Strikes

France keeps up pressure in country's north via airstrikes

(Newser) - France's Defense Ministry has said the country's military forces continued aerial strikes in northern Mali, just a few hours after a visit to the country by President Francois Hollande. French troops bombarded Islamist sites in Kidal and Tessalit in northern Mali overnight yesterday into today, according to a... More »

France: Mali Fighting Over, Time for Talks

Mali interim prez refuses to talk to Islamic militants, only secular groups

(Newser) - With French forces retaking the last city held by rebels , Paris is now looking for the Mali government and "legitimate representatives" from rebel groups to talk, reports al-Jazeera . "We have arrived at a moment of change," says France's defense minister, declaring that "the French intervention... More »

France Takes Mali's Last Rebel City; Next: the Hard Part

A force of African nations will try to keep militants from mounting comeback

(Newser) - France is wrapping up the first phase of its Mali mission: Its forces took back the last big urban center once held by Islamic militants, reports Reuters . The success in Kidal follows similar operations in Gao and Timbuktu over the last three weeks, and now France is getting ready to... More »

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