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Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is bordered by Algeria to the north, Niger to the east, Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire to the south, Guinea to the south-west, and Senegal and Mauritania to the west. Its size is just over 1,240,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) with a population of 14.5 million. Mali's capital is Bamako.


  • Mali is on the road to recovery. It is recovering its territorial integrity, is actively preparing for the presidential elections in July and, with the international donor conference in Brussels, is making progress in its development.
  • It is the case of Mali whose very existence was threatened seven months ago by the barbarism of terrorism and which managed to find the strength to elect its new president.
  • They took Diabaly after fierce fighting and resistance from the Malian army that was not able to hold them off at that moment. About five [rebel] vehicles entered the town. Now they're stationed about 200m (650ft) from the military camp but they haven't taken the camp. They've killed a few soldiers.
  • There is in particular an improvement of the security conditions in the big cities of the north which were freed from jihadi groups. As proved by the visit of the French President François Hollande in Timbuktu, which was greeted with joy by the people.

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