French soldiers in Mali. Paris had hoped to move the force to target Islamist groups operating between southern Libya, northern Chad and northern Niger.  Photograph: AP

France has delayed plans to redeploy 3,000 soldiers to fight militants across Africa’s Sahel region, saying it first needs to help deal with a fresh o(...)

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(...)

Radio France International (RFI) journalists Ghislaine Dupont (left) and Claude Verlon are pictured in this combination picture made of undated handout images released to Reuters yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters

France has said the two French journalists found dead in the northern Mali region of Kidal had been “coldly assassinated” by militants and vowed to st(...)

Both journalists, from French radio station RFI, were seized in Kidal in north Mali.  Image: Google Maps

Two French journalists snatched by gunmen in the northern Malian town of Kidal today have been killed, a local prefect, sources from the Tuareg separa(...)

People seeking refuge from separatist Tuareg rebel group MNLA stand together in a Malian military camp in the northern town of Kidal earlier this week. Five election workers kidnapped in Tessalityesterday have been freed. Photograph: Reuters

Gunmen have freed four election workers and a deputy mayor a day after they were kidnapped in Mali’s remote northern town of Tessalit, a local officia(...)