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Ten million children work as domestic servants: ILO

As many as 10.5 million children worldwide work as domestic servants, in what can be hazardous and even slave-like conditions.

Ten million children work as domestic servants: ILO
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74,000 Malians in Mauritania desert need help: aid group

Some 74,000 Malians, who have been displaced by war and ethnic tensions, are in need of urgent help in the desert of Mauritania..

74,000 Malians in Mauritania desert need help: aid group
Concerns over African force in Mali grow as France withdraws
Concerns over African force in Mali grow as France withdraws

As France begins withdrawing its troops from Mali, a top US defence official has said a UN-mandated African force was "incapable" of taking over the battle against Islamist extremists.

Concerns over African force in Mali grow as France withdraws
Ban says W. Sahara risks being drawn into Mali war
Ban says W. Sahara risks being drawn into Mali war

UN leader Ban Ki-Moon called Monday for urgent international efforts to end the Western Sahara conflict because of fears the Mali war will spill over into the Moroccan-occupied territory.

Ban says W. Sahara risks being drawn into Mali war
France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists
France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists

A French force of 1,000 soldiers in a major offensive has swept a valley thought to be a logistics base for Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists near the Malian city of Gao.

France launches major offensive on Mali Islamists
Mali troops sweep Timbuktu for Islamist rebels after battle
Mali troops sweep Timbuktu for Islamist rebels after battle

Malian troops swept Timbuktu for remaining Islamist fighters after a weekend battle that left seven dead and forced France to dispatch reinforcements and fighter jets to help Mali's army.

Mali troops sweep Timbuktu for Islamist rebels after battle
France says Mali troops to be cut to 1,000 by year-end
France says Mali troops to be cut to 1,000 by year-end

The 4,000 French soldiers deployed in Mali to fight Islamist rebels will be reduced to 1,000 by the end of the year.

France says Mali troops to be cut to 1,000 by year-end
Ban says 11,200 peacekeepers needed for Mali
Ban says 11,200 peacekeepers needed for Mali

Up to 11,200 troops could be needed for a peacekeeping mission in Mali but a "parallel" military force will have to battle radical Islamists.

Ban says 11,200 peacekeepers needed for Mali
Mistrust in Mali for its soldiers in sandals
Mistrust in Mali for its soldiers in sandals

On the banks of the River Niger, mud-walled buildings festooned with tricolours mark out the ancient trading post of Gao, Mali's largest northern city where the French have been welcomed as heroes.

Mistrust in Mali for its soldiers in sandals
In Mali, abandoned weapons kill and maim children
In Mali, abandoned weapons kill and maim children

Intrigued, Amadou picked up a discarded grenade to play with outside an earth hut in central Mali. When he threw it, it exploded and he lost all the fingers on his left hand.

In Mali, abandoned weapons kill and maim children
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Mali war disrupts cocaine supply to Europe

France's surprise intervention in northern Mali against Islamist fighters involved in lucrative drug-running has disrupted cocaine supply to Europe but smugglers are already finding new routes.

Mali war disrupts cocaine supply to Europe
Chad emerges as regional superpower in Mali conflict
Chad emerges as regional superpower in Mali conflict

Claiming to have killed two Islamist leaders in the Mali conflict so far, Chad is emerging as a regional superpower whose strong army is brushing up the image of what was once most known as one of the world's poorest nations.

Chad emerges as regional superpower in Mali conflict
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UNESCO ready to send mission to Mali soon

UNESCO is ready to send experts to Mali to assess damage to cultural treasures in the troubled north as soon as security conditions allow.

UNESCO ready to send mission to Mali soon
French army tight-lipped on Mali intervention
French army tight-lipped on Mali intervention

More than seven weeks into its intervention to root out Islamist rebels in Mali, the French army keeps a tight lid on details of the operation -- a policy some call a public relations fumble.

French army tight-lipped on Mali intervention
Al-Qaeda's top leader in Mali killed in fighting
Al-Qaeda's top leader in Mali killed in fighting

Al-Qaeda's top commander in Mali has been killed, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno said Friday, in what would be one of the most significant blows to the rebels in the seven-week French-led intervention against Islamist insurgents.

Al-Qaeda's top leader in Mali killed in fighting
Mali crisis disrupts education of 700,000 children: UN
Mali crisis disrupts education of 700,000 children: UN

The conflict in northern Mali has disrupted the education of nearly three quarters of a million children.

Mali crisis disrupts education of 700,000 children: UN
Witnesses accuse Malian soldiers of torture and murder
Witnesses accuse Malian soldiers of torture and murder

In northern Mali, the country's army frequently turns to torture and murder against people suspected of backing armed Islamist groups.

Witnesses accuse Malian soldiers of torture and murder
Greater US military role in Mali likely after polls: senator
Greater US military role in Mali likely after polls: senator

The United States is likely to play a more active military role in Mali, where French-led forces are battling Islamist rebels, after the country holds elections.

Greater US military role in Mali likely after polls: senator
Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure. ©REUTERS/Jecky Naegelen
Mali election timeline 'can be changed': minister

The minister responsible for organising elections meant to haul Mali out of crisis said Friday the timeline can be changed, after interim president Dioncounda Traore raised eyebrows by promising a vote by July 31.

Mali election timeline 'can be changed': minister
Russia arming Mali, more Islamist attacks feared
Russia arming Mali, more Islamist attacks feared

Russia revealed Wednesday it was supplying guns to Mali's government, as French troops defused a massive bomb in the north of the country, the latest bid by Islamist rebels to strike back.

Russia arming Mali, more Islamist attacks feared