U.N pushes peace deal implementation in Mali

The United Nations Security Council travelled to northern Mali on Saturday to push for implementation of a fragile peace deal aimed at ending a cycle of internal uprisings and allowing the government to combat the growing threat of Islamist militants. Tuareg rebels demanding autonomy for their northern homeland, the government[…]

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I hope to be home soon: McGown

A South African man who has been held hostage in Mali for four years, has expressed hope that he would see his family soon, in a video released to the organisation Gift of the Givers. Stephen McGown, looking thin and sporting a long beard, thanked the South African government and[…]

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Gift of the Givers makes contact with SA man’s captors

Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers has made contact with the group that took South African Stephen McGown and Swede Johan Gustafsson hostage four years ago. The organisation’s founder Imtiaz Sooliman said it would soon take possession of a video from the captors, who appeared ready to negotiate with them.[…]

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Mali deepens probe into 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. Militants’ most deadly strike on the West African country in years ended on Friday when Malian commandos stormed the Radisson Blue hotel in[…]

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Gunmen storm Mali hotel, take 170 hostage

Special forces have stormed a five-star hotel in the Malian capital Bamako after gunmen stormed it and took at least 170 people hostage. Mali’s state broadcaster reported that 80 of the hostages have been released with commandos going floor to floor inside the Radisson Blu Hotel. Later, the company who[…]

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The Historic Hajj of Mansa Musa, King of Mali

King Mansa Musa is famous for his Hajj journey, during which he stopped off in Egypt and gave out so much gold that the Egyptian economy was ruined for years to come. Mansa Musa was the great-great-grandson of Sunjata, who was the founder of the empire of Mali. His 25-year[…]

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Victim messaged family during Mali siege

A South African rescue worker killed in the weekend’s Mali hostage siege messaged his family on WhatsApp for hours about the “warzone” outside the hotel bathroom where he was hiding. Father-of-four, Roelof “Jaco” Janse van Rensburg, 39, was one of the 13 killed in Mali during the Hotel Byblos siege[…]

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Embassy assisting slain man’s family after Mali siege

The South African embassy in Mali is assisting with the repatriation arrangements for a South African man who was killed during the siege of a hotel in the country, the department of international relations said on Sunday. “The embassy is liaising with the authorities and the embassy will provide consular[…]

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GOTG tries to make contact with SA man’s captors

Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers said on Thursday that it was hoping that the captors of South African national Stephen Malcolm McGown and Swedish citizen Johan Gustafson would soon make contact. Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said they had sent a negotiator to Mali where the two[…]

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