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International forces in Mali

A French-led offensive in January pushed Islamists out of their strongholds, where they were seen as a threat to the wider Sahel region. Troops from Mali, Chad and France have been involved in sporadic battles with rebels as a UN peacekeeping force prepares to deploy.

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Presidential candidate Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks at a campaign rally in Bamako

Keita wins Mali presidential poll

Former PM handed strong mandate to begin reforms

Mali holds presidential run-off

Winner of poll will oversee $4bn in new donor aid

Millions of Malians go to polls

Head of EU’s election observer mission praises ballot conditions

Soulaila Cisse

Doubt cast on Mali’s readiness for poll

Presidential election comes after French intervention

China to send soldiers to Mali

First time Beijing has committed combat troops to UN mission

Mali’s army advances against separatists

Military sets up showdown after clash with MNLA on road to Kidal

US offers rewards for terror information

Payments of $3m to $7m offered for details on militant leaders

UN approves Mali peacekeeping force

Mission of 12,640 troops is set to deploy in July

‘Guerrilla’ conflict makes Chad quit Mali

President Déby says nature of conflict has changed

Chad says leader of Algeria attack killed

Al-Qaeda’s Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in Mali strike, says military

Chadian death toll in Mali rises

At least 23 soldiers killed since Thursday

Fresh clashes erupt in Malian town

Gao gun battles expose security gaps in recently recaptured zone

Malian troops fight mutinous paratroopers

Clash threatens to undermine French-led military operation

France sets March date to leave Mali

French and Chadian forces secure city of Kidal

Mali seeks new leader to combat old guard

Ruling elite blamed for leadership crisis and northern insurgency

France strikes rebel camps in Mali’s north

Paris preparing to hand over Timbuktu to government forces

Nato chief warns on Europe’s gaps in Mali

Fogh Rasmussen calls for end to defence cuts

Blair backs intervention in Mali

Ex-PM compares fight against al-Qaeda to struggle with communism

Hollande pledges continued support for Mali

French president warns war against Islamists is not over

French president to visit Mali

Hollande will meet interim president in Bamako on way to Timbuktu

Mali ready to negotiate with Tuareg separatists

Defence minister says France would not meddle in talks

Mali open to dialogue with secular rebels

Interim president’s comments follow pressure from France

Separatist rebels take Mali town of Kidal

Move by Tuareg fighters complicates French offensive

Cameron offers France help on Mali

UK PM ‘keen’ to offer assistance against rebels