Mali charges former PM with coup attempt
01 January 2021 | 12:27 pm
Authorities in Mali have charged six figures, including former Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, with trying to stage a coup.
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Hundreds gathered to remember the 19 victims of Sunday's deadly air crash. French investigators, meanwhile, are heading to the African country to find out what caused the tragedy.
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Disputes with Mali's ruling military junta and the arrival of Russian mercenaries have cast doubt over the future of the German mission to the West African country.
Mali's military junta acted unconcerned by the announced withdrawal of German troops from the country. But civil society is worried about yet another ally abandoning military aid for crisis-beset Mali.
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