Mali's vast northern desert has been wracked by chronic instability since a military coup back in 2012. Now long-delayed municipal elections in the region's biggest city - Gao - are raising hopes that change could be around the corner.
France has taken the first steps in targeting people and groups undermining a peace deal in the central African country. Mali has witnessed growing unrest, with militant groups targeting UN peacekeepers.
An old conflict is brewing in central Mali. Pastoralists and farmers are clashing, residents have been killed and thousands more have fled. DW spoke to Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed, a former minister of reconciliation.
The UN has warned of growing instability in Mali, with chances that violence may spill into neighboring countries. Germany has made its mission in Mali a key defense priority, backing proposals to expand its role.
The UN says more than 1,000 children have been kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria since 2013. The announcement came ahead of the fourth anniversary of the abduction of 276 girls from Chibok.
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