French soldiers honour comrades killed in Mali helicopter crash | AFP

Soldiers at the Pau-Uzein Air Force Base paid a final tribute to their seven brothers-in-arms from the 5th Combat Helicopter Regiment (RHC)killed last week. The soldiers died when two helicopters collided last Monday while pursuing jihadists in northern Mali where militant violence has soared in recent months. IMAGES

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Black box flight recorders | AFP Animé

Videographic on black box voice and data recorders. The black boxes from two French military helicopters that collided in Mali killing 13 soldiers have been found, a French military spokesman said Wednesday.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Pau mayor Francois Bayrou leads tributes to 13 French soldiers killed in Mali | AFP

Francois Bayrou, a former French minister and current mayor of Pau, leads the tributes during a gathering to honour the 13 soldiers who were killed in a helicopter accident whil on a military operation in Mali. Seven of the 13 killed in the accident were stationed in Pau. IMAGES

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French military action in Mali “essential”: French PM Philippe | AFP

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says France’s military action in Mali is “essential”, even if it is “not the sole dimension” of the fight against jihadists. The Prime Minister answers a question in the National Assembly after the death of 13 French soldiers in a two-helicopter crash. IMAGES

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French National Assembly pays tribute to 13 soldiers killed in Mali helicopter collision | AFP

The head of France’s National Assembly Richard Ferrand has paid tribute to the thirteen French soldiers killed in Mali. His comments were followed by a minute of silence. IMAGES

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French Defence Minister pays tribute to soldiers killed in Mali helicopter collision | AFP

French Defence Minister Florence Parly pays tribute to the 13 soldiers killed in Mali in a helicopter crash. The collision between two helicopters during an operation against insurgents in the country’s restive north is the French military’s heaviest single loss in nearly four decades. SOUNDBITE

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Brothers in arms: African and French armies join forces in fight against jihadism in the Sahel | AFP

In the border zone between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, French and Burkinabe soldiers march in step. Named Bourgou IV, their mission was the first official joint ground operation between the French army and the so-called G5 Sahel force, which pools troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Their goal: assert control over an area where no troops had set foot for over a year. It is in this “three borders” area that 13 French soldiers lost their lives in a helicopter accident on Monday.

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In Mali, dreams and sadness for the Sahel express | AFP

Not a single train has travelled on the line connecting the capitals of Mali and Senegal since May 17, 2018, when the company collapsed. Knee-high weeds grow on the track at Bamako station. But even today, many of the railway’s workers — unpaid but still technically employed — still show up at the station, a colonial-era bijou in ochre stone, complete with clock and signs for the ticket office.

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Despair, jihadism and revolt: Mali’s torn heart | AFP

Since 2012, Mali has slowly slid into chaos as Islamic terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda have gained ground. Over the years, the violence has swept from the country’s north. With many young people, mostly Fulani herders, now also struggling with unemployment, they are turning to the jihadist groups and joining their ranks in a bid to escape poverty.

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Mali’s last passionate Vespa rider | AFP

In Bamako, Seydou Seck is one of the last people who proudly continue to ride the streets of the Malian capital in a Vespa. According to this enthusiast, there are fewer than one hundred still on the road in Bamako.

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Tanker truck explosion in Mali leaves at least seven dead | AFP

At least seven people died and nearly 50 people were injured in the explosion of a tanker truck following an accident in the Malian Capital Bamako, according the the Malian government.

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Protests continue in Timbuktu over state of Mali’s road network | AFP

In Timbuktu, northern Mali, hundreds of young people continue to block access to the airport as they call for roads to be built and security to be improved. Only one road has been built since Mali’s independence in 1960 and the asphalt has virtually disappeared.

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15 dead people in Mali building collapse | AFP

Fifteen people were killed when a three-storey building under construction collapsed in Bamako’s Banconi Salemebougou district, according to a provisional assessment by the Malian Ministry of Security and Civil Protection. Rescue operations to search for survivors are ongoing. IMAGES of the building that collapsed

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1,000 trucks stranded in Mali roads protest | AFP

More than 1,000 trucks loaded with merchandise were blocked at the entrance to Mali’s capital Bamako on Tuesday, the fourth day of protests against the poor state of the country’s roads.

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‘Ocean Viking’ ship rescues 85 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea | AFP

Just arrived in the vast rescue zone off Libya, the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship picked up migrants who had left Libya in a small inflatable boat. In total, the humanitarian ship is carrying 85 people from Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Sudan. Among them, five women, 11 teenagers and four children, the youngest of whom is only one year old.

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‘Ocean Viking’ ship rescues 85 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea | AFP

Just arrived in the vast rescue zone off Libya, the ‘Ocean Viking’ rescue ship picked up migrants who had left Libya in a small inflatable boat. In total, the humanitarian ship is carrying 85 people from Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Sudan. Among them, five women, 11 teenagers and four children, the youngest of whom is only one year old.

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Three troops wounded in attack on military base in Gao, Mali | AFP

Three French and Estonian troops are wounded after a car bomb exploded at the entrance to an international peace-keeping base in the Malian town of Gao. IMAGES

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Massacre central Mali village | AFP

Scores of people were killed in a gruesome overnight attack on a village in central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region, authorities said Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the massacre, targeting a village inhabited by the Dogon community, bore the hallmarks of tit-for-tat ethnic attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives.

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Mali attack: images of burned-out village where nearly 100 died | AFP

Images show burned-out buildings and the charred remains of the village of Sobane-Kou in central Mali after a mass ethnic killing. Nearly 100 people died in the gruesome overnight attack according to officials. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility but the massacre, targeting a village inhabited by the Dogon community, bears the hallmarks of tit-for-tat ethnic attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives. IMAGES of the village of Sobane Kou

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Angela Merkel begins tour of Sahel region in Burkina Faso

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Ouagadougou. She is at the start of a tour of the Sahel region that will see her pass through Niger and Mali. IMAGES