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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