Mali's President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, declares a 10-day state of emergency following an Islamist attack on a hotel in the capital, Bamako, which left at least 27 people dead – including many foreign nationals.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali is its deadliest. The Canadian deployment is expected to help relieve German helicopters scheduled to depart from Mali this summer.
A militant group that includes al-Qaida's North African branch has claimed responsibility for Friday's deadly assault. A UN report has warned that growing instability in Mali could undermine security in the Sahel.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been on tour in Africa again. It is no longer about economic cooperation only. Turkey could also be much involved in the issue of security in the future.
Mali has a difficult international image: it still struggles to control the country’s north and the investment climate is often deemed unfriendly. Will a forum change all that?
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