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Four election officials kidnapped in northern Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Four electoral officials and a deputy mayor were kidnapped by suspected Tuareg separatists in northern Mali on Saturday, officials said, adding to tensions stirred by ethnic clashes before next week's presidential vote. Full story

Malian army and rebels accused of rights abuses ahead of talks

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Rights groups on Friday accused Mali's army and Tuareg separatist rebels of torturing and killing civilians despite the presence of France's military, hours before peace talks between the two sides were due to begin. Full story

Malian troops advance on last rebel-held stronghold

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian special forces advanced towards the rebel-held town of Kidal on Thursday on a scouting mission ahead of a possible assault on the last stronghold of the Tuareg separatist MNLA, a day before peace talks were due to begin. Full story

Malian army fights Tuareg rebels, unofficial truce over

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Government troops seized a village in northern Mali after heavy fighting with Tuareg separatists on Wednesday and advanced towards the town of Kidal, the rebels' last stronghold, the army said. Full story

Suicide bomber botches attack in Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) - A suspected Islamist suicide bomber blew himself up but caused no other casualties in an attack in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the bastion of Tuareg separatist MNLA rebels, witnesses said on Tuesday. Full story

French battle Mali rebels in Sahara, Tuaregs an issue

KIDAL, Mali (Reuters) - French and Malian troops are fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahara outside northern Mali's biggest town, France's defense minister said on Wednesday, describing the desert campaign against al Qaeda as a "real war" that was far from won. Full story

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Assaleh and Ag Bibi, representatives of Tuareg separatist rebel groups MNLA and HCUA, attend a meeting with the United Nations in Bamako
Assaleh and Ag Bibi, representatives of Tuareg separatist rebel groups MNLA and HCUA, attend a meeting with the United Nations in Bamako

Ibrahim Ag Mohamed Assaleh and Ahamada Ag Bibi, representatives of Tuareg separatist rebel groups MNLA and HCUA, attend a meeting with the United Nations in Bamako July 22, 2013. Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore met for the first time with members of two northern Tuareg separatist groups,

Representatives of Tuareg separatist rebel groups MNLA and HCUA attend a meeting with the United Nations in Bamako
Representatives of Tuareg separatist rebel groups MNLA and HCUA attend a meeting with the United Nations in Bamako

Representatives of Tuareg separatist rebel groups MNLA and HCUA attend a meeting with the United Nations in Bamako July 22, 2013. Mali's interim President Dioncounda Traore met for the first time with members of two northern Tuareg separatist groups, provoking anger among many in the country's south

A fighter with the Tuareg separatist group MNLA brandishes a separatist flag for the region they call Azawad outside the local regional assembly in Kidal
A fighter with the Tuareg separatist group MNLA brandishes a separatist flag for the region they call Azawad outside the local regional assembly in Kidal

A fighter with the Tuareg separatist group MNLA brandishes a separatist flag for the region they call Azawad outside the local regional assembly, where members of the rebel group met with the Malian army, the U.N. mission in Mali and French army officers, in Kidal June 23, 2013. The groups met to e

Women wave the flag of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA on a street in Kidal
Women wave the flag of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA on a street in Kidal

Women wave the flag of the Tuareg separatist group MNLA on a street in Kidal June 23, 2013. Members of the MNLA met with the Malian army, the U.N. mission in Mali and French army officers on Sunday to establish a mixed security commission in the town, in accordance with a ceasefire signed in Ouagad