A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)

Spokesperson for Mali’s Health Ministry Daou Markatie  speaks to journalists at a news conference in Bamako as authorities in Mali quarantined dozens of people on Wednesday at the home of a 25-year-old nurse who died from Ebola. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters

By Joe PenneyMore than 90 people were quarantined across the Mali capital on Wednesday after a 25-year-old nurse died of Ebola having treated a Guinea(...)

Last week Mali became the sixth West African country to report a case of Ebola. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Liberia, the country worst hit by the Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, although the battle to contain the outbreak (...)

Seleka fighter Cisco gestures outside a mosque where bodies of people killed during fighting are gathered in Bangui, Central African Republic, today. Rival militia forces fought fierce battles in Central African Republic’s capital yesterday and the UN authorised French military action to halt Muslim-Christian sectarian violence that threatens to escalate into widespread civilian massacres. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

France rushed troops to Central African Republic today, its second major African intervention in a year, to stem Muslim-Christian violence that has(...)

A Malian soldier fixes a rocket during fighting with Islamists in Gao in February. Photograph: Joe Penney/Reuters.

Malian authorities have found a mass grave believed to contain bodies of soldiers missing since last year, a find the nation’s prosecutor said should(...)

Radio reporter Ghislaine Dupont (51) and sound technician Claude Verlon (58) recorded their last interview in the home of Ambéry Ag Rhissa, an official in the Tuareg separatist movement MNLA, at midday on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/RFI

The kidnapping and murder of two French journalists in Kidal, northeastern Mali, at the weekend has elicited universal condemnation but little inform(...)

Bassekou Kouyaté: ‘In the Koran, Muhammad brings musicians to his wedding feast’

Bassekou Kouyaté was in a studio in downtown Bamako, about to press the record button on his new album, when the amps went dead and he heard the sound(...)

Photograph: David Rose/Bloomberg News

The album was born of technology. In 1931 RCA Victor launched a range of vinyl discs that rotated 33 times a minute, which meant they played fo(...)

Bloodlines fizzle and pop in Beausoleil’s 25th album. Taking its title from the capital of Mali and a suburb of Lafayette, Louisiana, Michael D(...)

Minister of State Fergus O'Dowd said Irish personnel would not be involved in combat operations. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Irish Defence Forces personnel will depart for Mali next week as part of an EU military training mission in the west African country. The(...)