The EU wants to see more African involvement in Mali. Paris has suggested a mission of African nations, under UN leadership.
After his European People's Party's election win, Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker will be the European Commission's new president. But what will he stand for as new head of the European Union's most powerful body?
European Union leaders are converging on Brussels for a special summit likely to be dominated by wrangles over vacant top EU jobs and Ukraine's conflict. EU diplomats say new sanctions against Russia could emerge.
Air Algerie has lost contact with one of its flights from Burkina Faso to Algiers. France's junior transport minister has said there were likely many French passengers on the plane.
Parliament in Berlin has extended German participation in the UN mission in Mali for another year. Up to 150 German soldiers can continue to serve in the West African country. Doubts about the mission persist.
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