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Mali: Africa’s Seventh Largest Country

Mali was an important point of caravan routes during 300AD and later on came under strong influence of Malinke Empire from 12th to the 16th century. In the 15th century the Songhai Empire reigned over the Timbuktu-Gao. In 1591 Morocco conquered Timbuktu and ruled Mali for two centuries. By the end of the 19th century France conquered Mali and renamed it French Sudan in 1920. In 1960 the Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent from the French domination and formed the Mali Federation. After Senegal withdrew from the federation Sudanese Republic was renamed as Mali.

Mali Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
    · National Name: The Republic of Mali
    · Capital: Bamako
    · Total area: 1.25 million sq km (482,077 sq miles)
    · Population: 12.7 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine
    · Languages: French (official), Bambara 80%, numerous African languages
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Mande 50% (Bambara, Malinke, Soninke), Peul 17%, Voltaic 12%, Songhai 6%, Tuareg and Moor 10%, other 5%
    · Religion: Muslim 90%, Christian 1%, indigenous beliefs 9%
    · GDP (Per Capita): $1,200 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 48 years, Female: 51.94 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 53.5%, Female: 39.6% (2003 est.)

Geographical Information on Mali:
Mali is a landlocked nation located in West Africa to the southwest of Algeria. Most of the country lies in the southern Sahara. Mali is bordered by Algeria from the north, Niger from the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d'Ivoire from the south, Guinea from the southwest, and Senegal and Mauritania from the west.

The climate of Mali varies from subtropical in the south to arid in the north. Most of the country receives negligible amount of rainfall so droughts are frequent throughout the country.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Mali:
Mali remains the place of cultural crossroad due to its location in between the Arab world to the north and the black African nations to the south. Music and dancing are the most common cultural activities. The major tribal groups are Malinke, Songhai, Bambara and Voltaic forms the population of Mali.

The woodcarvings on masks, statues and tables are famous among the Bambara and the Voltaic tribal groups. Architecture is well developed in the Niger valley. The Sudanic style finds typical expression in the storied houses and mosques of Djenné and Timbuktu. Localized handicrafts include jewelry making by the Mandingo people, leatherworking around the Niger Bend, the weaving of geometric designs into cotton cloth, and the carving of statues for the tourist trade.

Rice and millet are the staple diet of Malian cuisine. The cuisine of Mali is heavily based on cereal grains. Grains are generally prepared with a sauce that is made from leaves such as spinach or baobab leaves with tomato or with peanut sauce. And served with grilled meat of chicken, mutton, beef, or goat. Malian cuisine varies regionally due its delicate way of preparations, which varies with different tribal groups.

Economy of Mali:
The vast majority of Malians are employed in farming, herding, or fishing. Cotton and peanuts are Mali’s significant cash crops. While millet, rice, corn, sorghum, and vegetables are other major food crops that are cultivated for the domestic purpose. Gold, phosphate, kaolin, salt, limestone, and uranium are mined and exported. Mali also has vast deposits of mineral resources like bauxite, iron ore, manganese, tin, and copper. Remittances from Malians working abroad are also an important source of income for the Mali economy.

Tourist Attractions of Mali:
The landlocked nation of Mali has abundant of places that attract tourists. Mali is the place known for its adventure-filled excursions to its stunning deserts, hiking along the world-renowned Bandiagara Escarpment, and camel treks.

Bamako: is the capital city of the Mali. The Musee National Museum, the colorful markets, zoo and botanical gardens and the Maison des Artisans in Bamako gives lively preface to the country.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Mali include:

    · The Dogon Cliffs
    · The Niger River
    · Kabalakoro rocks
    · Mopti-Sevaré
    · Timbuktu
    · Yanfolila

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April 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

London, April 22 (IANS) Scientists have identified a key protein common to malaria parasites, opening the way to more effective vaccines or drugs against the life-threatening infections caused by the micro-organisms.

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April 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Washington, April 21 (ANI): A link between different strains of malaria parasites that cause severe disease has been identified, which could help develop vaccines or drugs against life-threatening cases of the infection.

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April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Madrid, April 12 (IANS) Spain retained first position in the newly-released FIFA rankings but the Netherlands, which were second in March, dropped to fourth, while Germany and Uruguay moved up to the second and third positions, respectively.

Moscow hails Mali political settlement

April 9, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Moscow, April 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia Monday hailed the conclusion of an agreement on restoring constitutional order in the west African nation of Mali, where a military junta has seized power.

Mali president finally resigns after coup

April 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

London, April 9 (IANS) Mali president Amadou Toumani Toure has finally resigned by handing over a letter to an emissary to deliver to the country's new leaders following a coup in March, The Telegraph reported.

Mali coup leaders agree to stand down in return for amnesty

April 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Bamako (Mali), Apr 7 (ANI): Mali coup leaders have reportedly signed a deal with regional bloc Ecowas in which they would stand down and allow a transition to civilian rule.

Britain temporarily closes embassy in Mali

April 6, 2012 at 11:45 PM

London, April 6 (IANS) Britain temporarily closed its embassy in Mali Friday following an unstable situation in the country.

Tuarag rebels declare independence

April 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Mali, April 6 (ANI): Tuareg rebels of north Mali's National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) have announced the 'independence of Azawad' through their website, and through a spokesman on France 24 television.

Amnesty warns of a major debacle in Mali

April 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

New York, April 6 (ANI): Amnesty International has said that Mali is on the verge of a major humanitarian disaster following a coup and rebellion in the north of the country.

Al-Qaeda taking advantage of Mali unrest to create 'terror safe heavens'

April 5, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Bamako (Mali), Apr 5 (ANI): The Al-Qaeda is reportedly taking advantage of the political turmoil in Mali, which has seen the government overthrown in a military coup and Tuareg rebels seize key cities in the north, by creating 'safe heavens' in the country.

Gauteng cricket board chief rules out void in CSA board

April 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Johannesburg, Apr 3(ANI): Gauteng Cricket Board (GCB) interim chairman and administrator Ray Mali has said his resignation won't leave a void in the Cricket South Africa Board (CSA).

France rules out military intervention in Mali

April 3, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Paris, April 3 (IANS) French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has ruled out the possibility of military intervention in Mali following a coup there, and called on French nationals to leave the African country.

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April 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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Britain advises nationals to leave Mali

April 1, 2012 at 2:24 AM

London, April 1 (IANS) The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has urged its all nationals in Mali to leave the west African country immediately following security concerns.

US suspends aid to Mali

March 27, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Washington, March 27 (IANS) The US Monday moved to suspend aid to Mali, reiterating a call for restoration of the elected government toppled last week in a coup.

African Union suspends Mali following military coup

March 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Addis Ababa, Mar 24 (ANI): The African Union has suspended Mali's membership following the military coup, which ousted president Amadou Toumani Tour?.

African Union suspends Mali from its membership

March 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Addis Ababa, March 23 (IANS) The African Union (AU) Friday suspended Mali from its membership after Malian soldiers announced they have taken power in the country.

Mali situation under close watch: UNHCR

March 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Geneva, March 23 (IANS) The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Friday that it has been closely monitoring developments in Mali following the announcement that army soldiers had taken control of the country.

India expresses concern over military coup in Mali

March 23, 2012 at 9:44 PM

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) India Friday expressed concern over the situation in Mali where mutinous soldiers have declared a coup, causing uncertainty in the west African nation.

UN chief criticises mutiny in Mali

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

United Nations, March 23 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Thursday strongly condemned the mutiny in Mali and called on "those responsible to refrain from any actions that could increase violence and further destabilize the country".

US to review aid to Mali after coup

March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Washington, March 23 (IANS) The US State Department said Thursday that it will review its annual aid to Mali after soldiers staged a coup in the African country.

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