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The UN refugee agency, UNHCR says refugees from Mali continue to arrive in neighbouring countries, fleeing fighting in the north between government troops and rebels.
Three Malian soldiers captured by rebels fighting in the north of the country have been released and handed over to Malian authorities on Thursday, through the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The World Bank is providing Mali with 14 billion CFA Francs to improve the country’s access to reproductive health services.
More than two million women in three regions of Mali are being targeted.
As the situation worsens in the Sahel, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has appealed for about 10 million euros to bring aid to some 700,000 people in Mali and Niger and prevent a major humanitarian crisis in both countries.
Amnesty International has described the ongoing fighting in northern Mali as the worst human rights crisis there for 20 years.
There is an upsurge in armed robbery in the Malian capital, Bamako, with gangs carrying out their operations both at night and in broad daylight, as residents urge the police to crack down on them.
A top United Nations official and the Secretary General of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), Ronald Noble, have agreed to work jointly against transnational crimes in West Africa.
Malian officials have taken the media to task over their coverage of the ongoing fighting in the north of the country, while the army launches fresh airstrikes against positions of the National Liberation Movement of Azawad (MNLA).
Armed hostilities continue in northern Mali and President Amadou Toumani Touré has promised to be firm in the fight against Tuareg rebels.
Mali’s climate fund has received 150 billion CFA Francs boost from the country’s technical and financial partners.