A host of global stars led by Blur frontman Damon Albarn are returning to Mali to help build connections and bring performers together.
A terrorist attack takes place in Mali just a week after Paris, but France and its former colony share more than a fight against terror.
At least three people have reportedly been killed after gunmen took 170 people hostage at a luxury hotel full of foreign guests in Mali's capital Bamako.
The killing near Benghazi of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, al-Qaeda's top man in north Africa, is unlikely to quell the rising jihadi movement in Libya and the surrounding region.
One in every 50 migrants who try to reach Europe across the Mediterranean Sea will die on the journey. What is so terrible in their home countries to force people into such a desperate voyage?
Mali's prime minister has said his country is "at war" with a group of Tuareg rebels after an attack on a northern town left soldiers dead and around 30 civil servants abducted.
Humanitarian responses to refugees fleeing conflict in Mali have been "far from adequate", putting thousands at risk from malnutrition and the "deplorable" conditions in camps, a report warns.