• Mali armed groups sign peace deal

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    BAMAKO: Former Tuareg rebels in northern Mali and rival pro-government armed groups said they sealed a peace deal Thursday to end hostilities after days of talks. Officials from the Tuareg-led Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) and the Platform, a coalition of pro-government groups, told AFP they reached agreement on a “pact of honor” after nearly three weeks of talks in Anefis, 100 kilometers southwest of the regional capital Kidal. Divided into rival armed factions, plagued by drug trafficking and at the mercy of jihadism, Mali’s desert north has struggled for stability since the West African nation gained independence in 1960.

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