CNN's Erin Burnett reports from Mali on why the northern region of Africa is important.
Mali, a country bloodied by a violent March coup, has become a greater focus of U.S. counterterrorism attention, a Department of Defense official said Thursday.
The United States is condemning the destruction of two more tombs in northern Mali as international outrage grows over Islamist militants' attacks on historic and religious landmarks in the nation.
CNN's Errol Barnett reports on the destruction of Timbuktu's shrines in Mali at the hands of Islamic extremists.
Members of two Islamist militant groups destroyed tombs at a shrine to Muslim saints Tuesday, according to the mayor of Timbuktu, Mali, and other residents.
The United Nations called for sanctions against Islamist fighters in northern Mali and warned it is considering a proposal by West Africa states to deploy troops in the troubled country.
The Old Mostar Bridge, the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, and now the Mausoleums of Timbuktu. Once again, culture is under attack.
Islamic militants are destroying sacred tombs in Timbuktu, and they say they'll destroy more.
UNESCO on Saturday condemned the destruction of three sacred tombs in Timbuktu, Mali, by Islamic militants who say they will destroy more.
Several youths were injured Tuesday in Mali when rebels opened fire on hundreds of people protesting the killing of a local official the night before, witnesses said.
For Omara Moctar, the electrifying Tuareg guitarist better known as "Bombino," there is no better place to play music than the majestic starkness of the desert.
The town of Niafunke, on the banks of the River Niger, was made famous by the legendary Ali Farka Toure, one of a legion of great guitarists to emerge from Mali.
The Economic Community of West African States sent a distress call Tuesday to the international community declaring that more than 6 million people are at risk of hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including more than a million children exposed to severe malnutrition.
Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the drought gripping the West African country of Mauritania.
Two key rebel movements in Mali have agreed to join forces, saying together they will rule an independent Islamic state.
Professor Bruce Whitehouse's blog from Mali began last fall as a slice of culture and society in the West African nation.
A return to democracy hung in the balance in Mali Wednesday as supporters of the West African nation's military coup leader clamored for him to head the interim government.
Dioncounda Traore, Mali's interim president, was beaten and rushed to a hospital after hundreds of protesters demanding his resignation stormed the presidential palace Monday.
Violence and the resulting displaced people have created a crisis in Mali that is the worst in its recent history, a new report by Amnesty International says.
Elderly men were keeping watch Saturday over Timbuktu's main library after Islamists burned a tomb listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
For centuries, Timbuktu has existed in the Western imagination as a byword for the most exotic, far-flung place conceivable.
Africa has seen some ugly divorces in recent times: Eritrea and Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan. Now Mali is threatened with partition as a rebellion flares in the north and political uncertainty grips the capital, Bamako. Mali's neighbors and western governments are looking on anxiously as drug traffickers and Islamist groups affiliated with al Qaeda take advantage of the vacuum -- in a region already blighted by hunger, poverty and weak government.
Mali's new interim president vowed that he would not let the country be split by rebels as he was sworn in Thursday, restoring the country to civilian rule after a brief military coup.
Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure handed in his letter of resignation on Sunday, an official said, helping pave the way for the nation's return to civilian rule.
France on Saturday welcomed an agreement between military coup leaders in Mali and a regional bloc that would return the country to democratic rule, two weeks after a coup plunged it into turmoil.
Mali state television announced late Friday that the leader of Mali's coup, Captain Amadou Sanogo, and the Economic Community of West African States have agreed to a plan under which the coup leaders will hand over power to the civilian government in exchange for the end of trade and diplomatic sanctions.
Separatist rebels who captured northern areas of Mali called a cease-fire starting Thursday, saying they had captured key territory and achieved their military mission.
The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday once again called for the restoration of the democratically elected government of Mali, which the military overthrew in a coup last month.
International pressure built Tuesday for leaders of the military group that seized power last month from Mali's democratically elected president to restore the nation to civilian rule.
West African countries slapped Mali's ruling military junta with economic sanctions Monday, saying steps toward restoring democratic rule announced over the weekend weren't enough.
Under pressure to hand over power, the leader of a military coup in Mali said Sunday that he had reinstated the country's constitution and government institutions, as rebels continued their advance in the north.
The United States called on coup leaders in Mali on Friday to step down and allow for elections to take place.
The United States suspended a portion of its aid to Mali in light of last week's coup in the West African nation, the State Department said Monday.
Mali's junta leader Capt. Amadou Sanogo decried looting of offices and shops in the capital, Bamako, but deflected blame from his renegade soldiers who staged a coup just weeks before scheduled elections.
U.S. aid to Mali could "very seriously be affected," a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Friday, a day after renegade soldiers staged a coup in the young African democracy.
Armed renegade soldiers walked through Mali's damaged presidential palace on Thursday, hours after the troops' leaders claimed to have ousted the West African nation's democratically elected leader.
Cheick Diabate scored twice as Mali defeated 10-man Ghana 2-0 to finish third in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.
CNN's Alex Thomas talks to journalist Kwaku Ofosu-Asare about Africa Cup of Nations favorites Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Zambia will face pre-tournament favorites Ivory Coast in Sunday's final of the Africa Cup of Nations after both countries won their semifinals 1-0 on Wednesday.
Tuareg tribesman who reportedly fought for Moammar Gadhafi in Libya have returned to Mali with weapons, stoking violence and forcing thousands to flee, Mali's president said.
Mali and Ghana are through to the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations after both achieved hard-fought quarterfinal victories on Sunday.
Music lovers from around the world gathered in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali, for a truly unique festival.
You might associate music festivals with muddy fields and heaving crowds, but Mali's "Festival au Desert" is a world away from all that.
Mali beat Botswana 2-1 Wednesday to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals from Group D of the competition.
Mali has agreed to take in prisoners convicted by the International Criminal Court, making it the first African country to enforce sentences handed down by the world war crimes tribunal.
Foreign ministry officials in Mali said Saturday three people from other countries were kidnapped Friday, while a fellow foreigner who was killed was probably German.
One person has been killed and five others kidnapped in the past few days in Mali, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry said.
When Mahen Bonetti started her own film festival showing African films some called her a dreamer. Now her dream is a reality.
I have chosen 10 films which, I feel, begin to tell our stories in our own words and belong in the annals of international cinema. Some are classics, some are audience favorites, some reconnect us to our past, some reflect deep societal trends.
CNN's Tim Lister reports on what Gadhafi's fall will mean for the Tuaregs, nomads who fought as mercenaries for Gadhafi.
The Mauritanian army responded to an attack Tuesday by a terrorist group aligned with al Qaeda by mounting a counterattack in northeastern Mauritania that killed about 20 members of the group and captured nine others, military sources told CNN.
Mauritanian special forces joined troops from Mali in launching an offensive targeting what they called an al Qaeda base camp, Mauritanian army officials said Sunday.
CNN producer Krsna Harilela meets with workers from children's charity "Plan International" and the girls they are fighting for.
For many young girls in Mali the reality of life is to stay at home and help with the housework or be sent to work in the gold mines.
At least 36 people were killed in a stampede at a stadium in Mali after a speech by a prominent imam, the British Embassy in the country said Tuesday.
Police in Mali are refusing to speculate on possible motives for the attack on the French Embassy on Wednesday, an Africable TV journalist told CNN.
Dozens of the U.S. diplomatic cables obtained and published by WikiLeaks cover a worldwide phenomenon that has been persistently troubling to the United States: drug trafficking. And those cables come not just from Mexico City, but from many corners of the world -- including Cuba and several embassies in West Africa.
It is a conflict fought in blistering heat, in some of the most inhospitable territory on earth. The frontline troops often wear scruffy T-shirts; most can't drive. But it is a struggle that the United States is taking ever more seriously, according to U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
Twenty-six people, at least half of them children, were killed in a stampede near a mosque in Timbuktu, Mali, according to a journalist who witnessed the incident.
Al Qaeda's north African wing has threatened to kill a French hostage unless four of its members are released within 20 days.
Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia are the blind husband and wife team from Mali who first gained widespread international attention in 2005 with their album "Dimanche a Bamako".
The blind husband and wife duo Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia talk about their three decades of music making.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says there's "strong reason to believe" a British citizen has been killed by an al Qaeda cell in the west African nation of Mali.
The bodies of young elephants covered in the brown dirt of dried-up wells tell a heartrending story.
The U.S. attorney general is trying to prevent immigration authorities from sending a Muslim woman to her home country, where she was a victim of female genital mutilation.
World Soccer's Tusdiq Din caught up with African Footballer of the Year Frédéric Kanouté about his life at Sevilla, picking Mali over his native France, being a practicing Muslim and his desire to play in London again some day.
The distinctive tall frame of Arcade Fire singer Win Butler scrapes against the elevator lights as seven bandmates, their instruments, a sound engineer and a cameraman stand cramped below his eyeline.
A mini documentary by Vincent Moon on Sidi Toure, who claims to have sold recors in the US, but is still to receive any money.
ACCRA, Ghana -- As soon as locals here find out you don't live in Ghana, they have two questions: 1) How do you find Ghana? 2) Who do you think will win the Cup of Nations?
Mahamadou Diarra may be one of the most important players in the world at the moment. At Real Madrid, he plays the all-important holding midfielder role and is world-renowned for his toughness. But he's also one of the most internationally recognizable stars at the African Cup of Nations.
A transport vehicle hit a land mine in tense northern Mali on Thursday, killing 10 people, a government statement said. Others were injured, but the statement did not say how many.
Here's a look at how some people are spending their lives after work. "Life After Work" airs Thursdays on "Paula Zahn Now" between 8 and 9 p.m. ET.
Although the ethical consumer has long campaigned against sweatshop labor dependent on young children working long hours for a pittance, the definition of a principled purchase has widened to include the fabrics themselves.
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The polio outbreak that originated in northern Nigeria continues to infect new countries and threatens to become an epidemic across west and central Africa, health officials say.
Come September, futures trader Paul Tudor Jones II will be looking out for the futures of 85 seventh graders in Brooklyn's rough Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. He recently told the kids that if t...