article 20 November 2015 World, Mali
French and Malian soliders
Mali capital targeted by terrorists a week after Paris

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.

article 20 November 2015 World, Mali
Malian soldiers outside Radisson Blu hotel (Getty)
'At least three dead' after terrorists storm Mali hotel

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.

post 15 June 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog 'Marlboro Man' Belmokhtar killed - but the jihadi threat is growing

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.

post 27 February 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Iraq: why looting can be a good thing

Better that at least some vestiges of previous civilisations be kept safe in the great museums of London, Berlin and New York, courtesy of the colonial looters of yesteryear.

article 03 December 2014 World, Mali
Migrant shoe
Why are migrants so desperate to reach Europe?

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?

article 18 May 2014 World, Mali
A Tuareg man holds the MLNA flag in July 2013
Mali declares 'war' on Tuareg rebels

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.

video 15 October 2013 UK, Mali

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Africa Express: Damon Albarn returns to Mali

A host of global stars led by Blur frontman Damon Albarn are returning to Mali to help build connections and bring performers together.

post 27 July 2013
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Mali: dangers of a rushed election

As Malians prepare to head to the election polls on Sunday, Lindsey Hilsum considers the serious implications for the country's stability if not enough people vote.

article 12 April 2013 World, Mali
Malian refugees fleeing the conflict in their own country are facing a battle against disease and manutrition in refugee camps (picture: Reuters)
Humanitarian aid for Mali refugees 'inadequate'

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.