Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi at the opening of his trial © ICC-CPI

An historic first for the International Criminal Court

Yesterday saw the trial of Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi at the International Criminal Court for the intentional destruction of world heritage shrines in Timbuktu during the 2012 occupation of the city by the Islamic rebel group Ansar Dine. The trial marks two import...
UN Security Council convoy drives through the streets of Mopti, Northern Mali.

Mali Attacks–What We Know So Far

Gunmen stormed an upscale hotel in Bamako, Mali today, apparently killing several people and taking hostages. The situation is still fluid, but here is what we know. The Target The Radisson Blu hotel is the kind of upscale hotel that is familiar in many Afri...