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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 (...)

For most of his working life, Simon Bush, Sightsavers Director of Advocacy and African Alliances, has lived in Africa, where he has helped bring wo(...)

A man identified by the Spanish Interior Ministry as Algerian national Nou Mediouni is seen in this handout photo, following his arrest in Zaragoza . Photograph: Reuters

Spanish police yesterday arrested two men suspected of links to Islamic terrorism. The interior ministry said the suspects, who were deta(...)

European troops training members of the Malian military. Eight Irish Defence Forces personnel are participating in the EU mission to train Mali’s army to fight militants in the country’s north. Photograph: Mary Fitzgerald

Col Mamadou Mangara has one of the toughest jobs in Mali – and one of the most dangerous. As regional governor of Timbuktu, not only does he have t(...)

This week the Government and an organisation run by former president Mary Robinson hosted a conference in Dublin on some of the problems and ch(...)

Racing camels take a breather after a race in Saudi Arabia last week. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Malian authorities will give French president Francois Hollande another camel after the one they gave him in thanks for helping repel Islamist (...)

French soldiers in Mali on patrol at Gao's port, near the Niger river, on Thursday. The UN expressed concern over reprisal attacks against ethnic Tuaregs and Arabs in Mali, where a French-led intervention recently routed Islamist rebels. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Behind the ornate door of what was once a chi-chi French-owned hotel lies a series of rooms which, for most of last year, comprised the Islamic(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing in St Peter’s Square, attending by up to 300,000 faithful and tourists, at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: L’osservatore Romano/AP Photomano

Pope Francis rounded off an intense week of Easter celebrations when bestowing his first Urbi et Orbi (...)

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(...)

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