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  • Tuareg band preserves tradition with desert blues

    Dressed in the long robes and draping turbans traditional to Tuareg nomads, the Tamikrest band members sway slowly on stage as they start playing their hypnotic blend of traditional percussion, drone-like vocals and twangy blues guitars. They open ..

  • Solid friendship between Paris and Washington

    (Photo: AP)'All that we can say is merci beaucoup,' US President Barack Obama likes to joke.The President's limited French vocabulary notwithstanding, when he welcomes his French colleague Francois Hollande at the White House on Tuesday ..

  • Germany plans to increase support for reconciliation in Mali

    The German cabinet has given the green light for an expansion of the German armed forces' mission in Mali. The country's maximum permissible troop contingent is to be increased from 180 to 250 soldiers. Parliament still has to approve the decision. ..

  • Valencia sign Seydou Keita

    Valencia have announced the signing of former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita until the end of the season, subject to the completion of a medical.The veteran Malian midfielder had enjoyed a successful Liga career, first turning out for Sevilla in ..

  • Blanc blames pitch for 'sluggish' Paris Saint-Germain draw

    Laurent Blanc slammed the state of the Stade du Roudourou pitch following Paris Saint-Germain's 1-1 draw at Guingamp on Saturday.A late header from Alex spared the Ligue 1 leaders' blushes, after Guingamp had taken the lead through Mali striker ..

  • Germany's Bundeswehr may be expanding its commitments in Africa

    According to a report in the 'Süddeutsche Zeitung' on Saturday the German government is planning to help reinforce the ongoing military operation in Mali through a larger and more robust French-German contingent. The newspaper also reported that ..

  • Kalou sparks title challengers Lille to victory

    Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou snapped his eight match scoring drought in style as he struck twice to help Lille to a 2-1 win over Bastia and back into the Ligue 1 title race. The 2012 Champions League winner, who was Lille's top scorer last ..

  • Mali soldiers' deaths probed in civilian investigation

    Mali's chief prosecutor Daniel Tessougue said all signs pointed to the bodies being those of 21 soldiers who disappeared in April 2012 after a failed counter-coup by 'red beret' soldiers loyal to ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure, but the ..

  • Niger's president in anniversary interview with DW's Hausa service

    The West African nation of Niger shares borders with the crisis-ridden states of Mali and Nigeria, in which the population is being terrorized by jihadist groups, such as Boko Haram. Fighting between Islamists and the army also erupted earlier this ..

  • German troops help prepare Malian army for combat in the north

    It is a bumpy 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the Malian capital Bamako to Koulikoro as the heavy trucks and other vehicles from the EU training mission have left a fair share of potholes behind them since the mission started in April 2013. The ..