Mali: railworkers’ nostalgia for the Dakar-Bamako express | AFP

The last Dakar-Bamako train ran on 17 May 2018, but the colonial-era station in the Malian capital remains. For almost a hundred years, the service had connected Mali to neighbouring Senegal. Railworkers attempt to preserve the station and its memories.

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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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France’s Macron meets Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cissé at the Elysée Palace in Paris, as 4,500 French troops continue to be stationed in the African country as part of French military operation Barkhane. IMAGES

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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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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Mali, where French and Malian troops say they have killed or captured 30 jihadists as part of the anti-insurgent offensive, Operation Barkhane. And we stay in Mali, which has reclaimed its place as the leading African country in terms of cotton production but were very little of its own “White Gold” is processed for further use. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

In Mali, Cisse’s supporters protest the result

Hundreds of supporters of Malian opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé protest in the streets of Bamako against the results of the presidential election. It was announced that incumbent president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has been re-elected for a second mandate with 67,17% of the vote, defeating Cissé who only won 32,83%. Cissé’s party claims the poll was rigged in favor of Keïta. IMAGES

Malians take matters into own hands as police vanish before vote

In the central Malian town of Konna, the government pulled out the last police squad last year to deploy it in the most threatened parts of the region, which are gripped by a mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes. With the presidential election just a few weeks away, local officials are struggling to prepare for the polls, while the insecurity has pushed the population to take matters into their own hands.

Spiderman’s French fairy tale sparks migrant pride and envy

In the 30 seconds it took him to scale four storeys of a Paris apartment building to rescue a dangling child, Malian migrant Mamoudou Gassama went from being completely unknown in his adoptive France to becoming its national hero. His unlikely path to citizenship has earned him broad acclaim even as it sheds light on the desperate hope of so many like him to find a way to permanent residency and a new life in Europe.

Migrant ‘hero’ awarded French residency card

Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian migrant who scaled a four-storey Paris apartment bloc with his bare hands to save a child is welcomed by a local official in Seine-Saint-Denis for regularisation, after being awarded a French residency card a day after being honoured by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Migrant ‘hero’ given French residency card after saving child

Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian migrant who scaled a four-storey Paris apartment bloc with his bare hands to save a child, is awarded a French residency card a day after being honoured by French President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

‘Hero’ Malian meets with Macron, offered French citizenship

A young Malian man who saved a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor Paris balcony after scaling the facade with his bare hands meets with Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee. The French president announced shortly after the meeting that Mamoudou Gassama will get French citizenship and be offered a place in the fire brigade. IMAGES

Soldiers killed in French airstrike were hostages – Malian president

In Mali, West Africa, the country’s president has confirmed Malian soldiers were killed in a French airstrike in October. France thought its operation was targeting forces that deserted to join an Islamist group. However, it is now believed those soldiers had been taken hostage by the jihadists.

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VICE News Daily: Prominent Mexican Activist Murdered

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: A Mexican activist is among 15 murdered over the weekend, EU countries are receiving financial help to deal with migrants, Mali’s security situation worsens, and grenades explode in Sweden.

MEXICO
Spate of Killings Hits Guerrero State
At least 15 people were killed, including a prominent activist.

EUROPEAN UNION
Approved Funds Help Countries with Migrants
The aid package is worth $2.5 billion over six years.

MALI
Deadly Attacks Undermine Stability in North
Al-Qaeda linked groups are waging a campaign against Malian soldiers and UN personnel.

SWEDEN
Suspected Gang War Blamed for Grenade Attacks
There have been at least three other explosions in Malmo this year.

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FARC Rebels Vow to Discharge Child Soldiers: VICE News Capsule, February 18

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Malian government and rebel groups participate in fifth round of peace talks since last September, climate change is threatening villages in the Sundarbans, Colombian FARC rebels vow to stop recruiting minors, and the Associated Press uses computers to produce quarterly earnings reports in seconds.

MALI
Government and Rebel Groups Meet in Algeria to Discuss Peace Deal
UN’s special envoy to Mali says he’s hopeful this is the last stage of negotiations, and that an agreement could come within weeks.

ENVIRONMENT
Climate Change Threatens Coastal Villages in India and Bangladesh
Swollen rivers and stronger monsoon rains are washing away homes in the Sundarbans.

COLOMBIA
FARC Rebels Promise to Stop Recruiting Children Under 17
The guerrilla group says it will soon release the 13 minors fighting among their ranks.

JOURNALISM
Automated Financial Reporting in the 21st Century
​Computers are taking the tedious task of number-crunching from the news agency’s business journalists, and producing thousands of reports every quarter.

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