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Mali monitoring 310 people amid fresh Ebola case

Officials in Mali are monitoring 310 people in a bid to help limit the spread of the Ebola, after another case of the deadly virus was confirmed inside the country.

Health workers spray a mosque on November 15 after a Guinean imam died on the virus. Credit: Reuters

Officially five people have died on the virus in the country.

The deaths are linked to a 70-year-old imam who was brought to the country's capital Bamako, from Guinea, where the regional Ebola epidemic first began.

The World Health Organisation says more than 5,400 people have died in the current outbreak, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

New Ebola case in Mali

A new case of Ebola has been recorded today, in Mali's capital Bamako.

The country's health ministry confirmed that the friend of a nurse who died from Ebola earlier this month has now tested positive for the disease.

To date 5,459 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia accounting for all but 15 of the deaths.

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Landmine explosion kills four UN peacekeepers in Mali

A landmine explosion in northern Mali has killed four United Nations peacekeepers, a spokesperson for the UN mission in Mali said.

Four UN soldiers have been killed in an explosion in Mali. Credit: Reuters

Another 15 people have been wounded when the explosion struck a convoy they were travelling in.

"It was a convoy that left Kidal and was heading to Aguelhok that hit a mine," Olivier Salgado told Reuters.

Mali separatists kill eight including six govt officials

Six Malian government officials and two civilians were murdered during an assault by Tuareg separatist rebels on a regional governor's office in the northern town of Kidal, the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission said on Sunday.

Malian soldiers train for an ambush at the EU training mission headquarters in Koulikoro in February Credit: REUTERS/Joe Penney

Albert Koenders, the head of the UN mission, said in a statement: "This barbaric crime is totally unacceptable and those responsible must answer for their actions."

"An inquiry must be carried out quickly in order to verify the facts and bring the responsible parties to justice."

Mali 'at war with separatists' after abductions

Mali is at war with armed Tuareg separatists, the country's Prime Minister said after officials reported the rebels had attacked a governor's office in the northern town of Kidal and abducted around 30 civil servants.

"Taking into account this declaration of war, the Republic of Mali is henceforth at war. We are going to formulate the appropriate response to the situation," PM Moussa Mara told Reuters.

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'Thirty officials kidnapped in Mali attacks'

Around 30 civil servants have been abducted by separatists in Mali's northern town of Kidal during fighting that also wounded 23 government soldiers, the governor of the region has said.

"Some 30 of our civil servants were kidnapped by the assailants who attacked the governor's office. There were 23 wounded, including three seriously who were evacuated by helicopter," Adama Kamissoko told the Reuters news agency.

IMF questions Mali's purchase of £24m presidential jet

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has questioned the rationale and procedure that led to Mali buying a £24 million presidential jet, given the country's pledges to fight poverty, a spokesman said.

Men transport humanitarian food aid onto pirogues at Mopti, Mali. Credit: REUTERS/Alain Amontchi

The IMF has contacted Malian authorities about the plane purchase as well as a separate £124 million state guarantee loan secured by a private company with a Malian bank, to provide supplies for the army, the spokesman said.

The IMF spokesman added that the process of getting this information will delay the first review of its post-war aid package and, as a result, monetary disbursements will be delayed.

French journalists killed in Mali were shot

Two journalists from France kidnapped and killed in northern Mali were shot, French authorities say.

Ghislaine Dupont, 51, and Claude Verlon, 58, were abducted on Saturday after interviewing a rebel leader in Kidal.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the two were shot multiple times and their bodies were found near the vehicle that whisked them away.

But Mr Fabius failed to clarify who was behind the killings and why the pair was targeted.

France: Journalists 'coldly assassinated' in Mali

Two French journalists killed in northern Mali on Saturday were "coldly assassinated", France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius has said.

He added that "terrorists" were behind the "heinous and revolting" attack and security in the Kidal region of the west African country would be increased.

The bodies of French journalists Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were found by a French patrol. Credit: APTN

Speaking after a special cabinet meeting to discuss the deaths, Mr Fabius said: "Security in the area and the surrounding areas, especially for French nationals, will be increased".

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