Mali faces deadly sectarian clashes

International | The rising violence could further complicate regional insecurity
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/25/19, 02:32 pm

A spate of sectarian clashes in Mali threatens to spark a regional conflict in a part of Africa struggling to contain Islamic extremism.

Malian authorities suspect ethnic Peuhls, also known as Fulanis, were behind attacks last week that left at least 38 people dead in the villages of Yoro and Gangafani in the Mopti region near the border with Burkina Faso. At least 750 people fled the villages following the attacks.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Rebecca Blackwell (file)

Religious, ethnic violence escalates in Mali

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/11/19, 09:58 am

A raid on a village in central Mali on Monday left at least 95 people dead in the country’s latest bout of violence linked to Islamic extremists. Gunmen began shooting, pillaging, and burning the Dogon village of Sobame Da in the early morning hours, local news outlets reported. Ali Dolo, the mayor of the district, told Reuters the death toll could still rise because only 50 of the village’s 300 residents responded to a roll call.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson (pool)

Firefighters honored for saving Notre Dame

International | Their decision to focus on the two bell towers avoided a ‘chain collapse’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/19/19, 12:59 pm

FRANCE: The country paid tribute Thursday to the 600 firefighters who helped save Notre Dame from collapse. Firefighters and experts on the scene made a decision that likely saved the structure: As fire spread on the roof, they gave up fighting it there to focus on saving the cathedral’s two iconic bell towers.

Read more