Wednesday Jul 16
Peace talks aim at restoring calm in Mali's north
New bursts of violence in recent months are posing a new threat to Mali's central government, after French-led troops dispersed al-Qaida -linked extremists who had seized control of northern Mali in 2012.
'Ethnicity, politics at the root of CAR war'
The bloodshed in the Central African Republic is often presented as pitting Muslims against Christians - an echo of other religious conflicts raging across the continent.
Mali: Did France's Intervention Work?
In 2014, Mali has fallen off most news agendas, replaced by more urgent and potentially more devastating conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic.
UNESCO: Mali restoration project short $8 million
UNESCO says it is more than two-thirds short of the $11 million needed to help restore Timbuktu's storied mausoleums and other Malian cultural treasures destroyed by Islamic radicals two years ago.