More UN soldiers have been killed in Mali than anywhere else the world body has a peacekeeping mission. That's mainly because there is no peace to keep in an active war zone.
The Mali peacekeeping mission is an increasingly dangerous one, with 64 peacekeepers killed on active service since it began.
Along with UN peacekeepers, there are thousands of French soldiers fighting Islamists in Africa — and now tensions are emerging with the local population.
Early Friday morning unidentified assailants infiltrated the base in the city and attacked an army base nearby. A series of recent attacks and kidnappings in West Africa have put the region on edge.
A total of 20 people were wounded after unknown attackers fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali.
The United Nations and Interpol estimate that around 90 percent of elephants killed in Africa each year are killed by non-state armed groups, in or near conflict zones.
Two different Islamist militant groups have laid claim to the recent attack on a hotel in central Mali that left 13 people dead, including five UN peacekeepers.
Several hostages were freed after a standoff in central Mali that ended with at least 13 casualties, including three attackers and five soldiers.
Mali’s capital Bamako used to be considered safe, but a recent wave of attacks has led to a redoubling of counter-terrorism efforts in the country's south.
Thirty-five UN peacekeepers have been killed in the line of duty since the start of the MINUSMA mission in Mali, making it one of the UN's deadliest peacekeeping missions.
The actions of members of a UN unit in northern Mali, which left four wounded in addition to the three that died, were deemed a "grave violation" of UN directives.
One Red Cross worker was killed and another injured when gunmen opened fire on a vehicle that was delivering supplies to a hospital in northern Mali.