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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(...)

A French soldier photographed in an armoured vehicle outside Gao, Mali, earlier this month. Militants say they killed their hostage Philippe Verdon in retaliation for the French intervention in Mali. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Al-Qaeda's wing in north Africa said it had beheaded a French hostage in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, Mauritania's ANI news a(...)

A fifth French soldier has been killed in the country's nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the government said to(...)

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(...)

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