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  • An Air Algerie jet. (Screen grab from Wikipedia)

    Algerian plane diverted due to storms, second aircraft: 116 missing

    The Algerian airline plane that went off radar Thursday morning was purposefully diverted from its flight path due to a thunderstorm and to avoid contact with another plane flying the same skies, authorities said.

  • Croatia'sIvan Perisic celebrates his second goal during the internationa friendly soccer match between Croatia and Mali, in Osijek, Croatia, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    Croatia beats Mali 2-1 in World Cup warm-up

    Ivan Perisic scored twice to give Croatia a 2-1 win over Mali in a World Cup warm-up match Saturday.

  • UN has record number of about 118,000 peacekeepers

    The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Thursday a record number of about 118,000 peacekeepers are currently deployed in 16 missions around the world, and he's hoping that countries withdrawing their forces from Afghanistan will strengthen U.N. forces with their high-tech assets.

  • Malian army flees Tuareg rebels in northern town

    Malian soldiers retreated Wednesday from the northern town of Kidal after heavy gunbattles with ethnic Tuareg separatists, a major setback for the army less than a year after its highly unpopular return to the rebel stronghold.

  • Mali urges UN to demand disarmament of all groups

    Mali's foreign minister urged the U.N. Security Council at an emergency meeting Tuesday to demand that all armed groups in the volatile West African nation lay down their weapons, especially separatist Tuareg rebels who launched a deadly attack over the weekend in the northern town of Kidal.

  • Director Abderrahmane Sissako holds his hands over his face while answering a question during a press conference for Timbuktu at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    'Timbuktu' director breaks down over Mali conflict

    It was all too much for the director of "Timbuktu," a touching humanist account of the jihadist takeover of Northern Mali in 2012. Abderrahmane Sissako broke down in tears at a Cannes press conference as he described his film's depiction of brutal Islamist law that shattered the lives of innumerable families.

  • Students eat their lunch at the Bahria Foundation school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Most of the children at the school have home cooked food for lunch, which contain eggs, chicken nuggets, bread, rice or noodles. Some have vegetables, minced mutton or beef prepared and cooked at home the night before. Principal Syeda Arifa Mohsin says the school tries to dissuade parents from fixing junk food for their children. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    AP PHOTOS: A taste of school lunches around world

    First lady Michelle Obama is on a mission to make American school lunches healthier by replacing greasy pizza and french fries with whole grains, low fat protein, fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121

    An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count.

  • Senegal to send Mali 250 more peacekeeping troops

    Senegal plans to send more peacekeeping troops to neighboring Mali, where international forces are trying to restore stability after jihadi extremists took over the country's north.

  • Officials say Ebola outbreak could last months

    Ebola could continue to spread in West Africa for months in one of the most challenging outbreaks of the disease the international community has ever faced, health experts said Tuesday.

  • In this photo taken on Saturday, March 29, 2014, medical personnel at the emergency entrance of a hospital receive suspected Ebola virus patients in Conakry, Guinea. Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people. Senegal's Interior Ministry announced the border closure Saturday. It also said officials in the southern region of Kolda closed a weekly market which draws thousands of people from the neighboring West African countries of Guinea, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. Guinea confirmed last week that several victims of hemorrhagic fever in the country's southern region had tested positive for Ebola. (AP Photo/ Youssouf  Bah)

    Mali reports 3 suspected cases of Ebola fever

    Residents in the Malian capital say panic over suspected cases of Ebola has prompted public demonstrations.

  • **FILE** French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian talks Jan. 2, 2014, with French soldiers from Operation Sangaris, at Mpoko Camp in Bangui, Central African Republic. France will broaden its military presence in Africa's turbulent Sahel region with specialized new outposts to better fight the terror threat from extremist groups such as al Qaeda, the defense minister said. (Associated Press)

    French take down wanted Islamic militant 'Red Beard'

    French air strikes in the mountains of northern Mali have killed a prominent Jihadist leader with a $3 million U.S. government bounty on his head.

  • Mali ex-defense minister charged in soldier deaths

    Authorities have charged Mali's former defense minister and two other top ex-officials in connection with the slayings of 21 soldiers who had opposed a coup leader's rise to power, government officials said Friday.

  • In this photo taken early Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, Malian singer Salif Keita, rear center, performs on stage at a music festival at Segou, Mali.  Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music. (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed)

    Mali music festival returns after end of war

    Long before Mali captured the global spotlight as an al-Qaida training ground where French soldiers had to intervene, the West African nation was celebrated for producing some of the biggest stars in world music.

  • Rockets fired at N. Mali French army base

    An official says two rockets have been fired at a French army base in northern Mali during a visit by France's top military officer, but missed their target and caused no casualties.

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