Malian singer Khaira Arby, whose vocal prowess earned her the honorific "The Nightingale of Timbuktu," has died, her family said on Monday. She was 59.
French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany's Angela Merkel and five African presidents on Wednesday, hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe.
A state of emergency that has been in force almost non-stop for 17 months in Mali was extended by 10 days from Thursday, the government said.
An unprecedented case opens on Monday at the International Criminal Court when an alleged Malian jihadist is set to plead guilty to the war crime of destroying the UNESCO world heritage site of Timbuktu.
Việt Nam will once again honour the French language through a film festival and concerts to celebrate International Francophone Day, which falls on March 20.