Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to arrive in India on Tuesday as part of his Asian tour, which kick started in Pakistan and will end in China at More »

Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

:: King Salman on Tuesday issued a royal decree to transfer investigations and prosecutions of customs cases to the Public Prosecution, instead of the General Customs Authority, within a period not exceeding More »

King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

:: Senior officials from different government monitoring and anti-corruption agencies called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Monday. The king stressed the need for fighting graft and the importance More »

Port paves way for ‘new era of economic affluence’ in Saudi Arabia

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (center) at the launch of the King Abdullah Port on Monday. King Abdullah Port, the fastest-growing container port in the world, is considered a major success More »

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

:: Saudi investigators have recovered assets worth more than $106 billion in an anti-corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the royal court said on Wednesday. The funds are in More »


Tag Archives: MALI

Organization of Islamic Cooperation chief slams terrorist attacks in Africa

:: The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned attacks that caused the deaths of at least 37 people in intercommunal clashes in central Mali on Tuesday. Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen expressed his sympathy to Mali’s government and

Al-Qaeda releases longest-held hostage in Mali after 6 years

:: Al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch has freed a South African man who was held hostage for six years in Mali and he is now home, South Africa’s government announced Thursday, denying it had paid any ransom. Stephen McGown, who was

Militant video purports to show westerners held in Mali

:: Islamist militants operating in Mali released a video purporting to show six western hostages, ahead of a regional security summit in the West African country attended by France’s president on Sunday. A narrator speaking in English said the 17-minute

Macron vows to step up French fight against terrorism in Africa

:: France will step up the fight against resurgent militants in north and west Africa and will work more closely with Germany to help the tinderbox region, President Emmanuel Macron said on his first trip outside Europe on Friday. Visiting

10 dead, 9 others hurt in Mali army convoy ambush

:: Witnesses say at least 10 Malian soldiers have been killed and nine others wounded in an ambush on a military convoy in central Mali. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Diarran Kone said the convoy was hit Tuesday between the towns

French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

A Frenchwoman who runs an aid group has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, the French foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday. Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday, the ministry said, adding that French and Malian

Merkel in Africa on trip aimed at stemming migrant flows

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned against Africa suffering from a “brain drain” as she arrived on a three-day tour of the continent focused on security and stemming the migrant influx to Europe. Merkel also underscored the need to

UN’s Ban: Niger must reinforce refugee camps after attack

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Niger’s government to reinforce security around refugee camps after gunmen killed 22 soldiers stationed at a camp for 4,000 Malian refugees. Thursday’s attackers also burned an ambulance and looted a health center at the Tazalit

ICC prosecutors urge ‘nine to 11 years’ for Timbuktu attacks

War crimes prosecutors on Wednesday urged a jail sentence of up to 11 years for a Malian militant who pleaded guilty to ransacking the fabled desert city of Timbuktu. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi admitted Monday to having razed some of the

Mali Islamist group Ansar Dine claims attack on U.N. base

Malian Islamist militant group Ansar Dine said it carried out a suicide and rocket attack on a U.N. base in Kidal, north Mali on Friday that killed six peacekeepers, the SITE Intelligence Group said. Ansar Dine, led by Tuareg commander

Two U.N. soldiers killed in Mali attack

Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded Friday when suspected Islamists attacked their base at Kidal in restive northeastern Mali, U.N. sources said. “Our camp at Kidal was attacked by terrorists early Friday morning. We fought back

Berlin approves more soldiers for Mali, Iraq

The German Cabinet has approved plans to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, boosting its presence in the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African country which is beset by militant violence. It also agreed to increase the numbers

U.N.’s Ban appoints new head of Mali mission

Ban Ki-moon

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday named a new special representative in Mali where the peacekeeping mission has struggled to help implement a peace deal amid a surge in violence by militants. Ban named Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the former foreign

U.N. warns Mali attack could be war crime

Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Security Council condemned a rocket attack that killed two U.N. peacekeepers and a contractor Saturday in northeast Mali, warning it could be a war crime. In a unanimous declaration, the council’s 15 member countries urged the Malian

Attack on U.N. base in northern Mali causes casualties

Gunmen attacked and fired rockets at a U.N. peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali on Saturday, causing an unspecified number of casualties, a spokesman for the U.N. force in Mali (MINUSMA) said. “The attack happened at around 4 a.m.

Mali says it arrests two suspects linked to Bamako hotel attack

Mali authorities arrested two people on Thursday suspected of links to an attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 20 people, the security ministry said. At least two armed men launched a dawn raid on the Radisson

Germany to send 650 troops to Mali to relieve France

Germany will send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday, to provide some relief to France in its global fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. Von der Leyen

Mali deepens probe into deadly attack on luxury hotel

Mali said on Sunday that investigators were following “several leads” after 19 people were killed in an attack on a luxury hotel claimed by three militant groups. ISIS militants’ most deadly strike on the West African country in years ended

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