France’s President Francois Hollande (left) speaks with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore at the Donor Conference  in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters

The European Union yesterday pledged an extra €520 million in international aid to Mali over the next two years, with Ireland committing €2.5 m(...)

Malian soldiers point their AK-47 rifles during a training session given by a French army officer in Koulikoro earlier this month. The training session is part of a recently launched European Union training mission to reform Mali’s army. Photograph: Emilie Regnier/Reuters

The European Union will pledge more than half a billion euro to help Mali rebuild after months of conflict, European Commission President Jose (...)