The EU wants to see more African involvement in Mali. Paris has suggested a mission of African nations, under UN leadership.
Greece and its lenders have traded barbs ahead of a crucial meeting that could mean make or break for the debt-ridden nation. The escalation came after a string of diplomatic overtures meant to prevent a 'Grexit.'
Sjaak Rijke has been freed after nearly four years of captivity by a French military operation in the far north of Mali. Several militants have also been captured, the French defense ministry has said in a statement.
A suicide bomber has attacked a UN barracks in northern Mali killing three civilians and wounding 16 people, including several peacekeepers. The head of the UN's Mali mission condemned the "cowardly and odious" attack.
European Union leaders have called for an emergency meeting after a ship carrying 700 refugees capsized off Libya. In the past two weeks, more than 1,000 refugees have died in their attempts to reach European shores.