Scores killed in attack on Malian village

Mayor says 95 bodies recovered so far and much of village is still burning Gunmen killed nearly 100 people in an overnight massacre in Mali, local officials have said, amid a wave of violence in the Sahel region linked to Islamist extremists. The attackers entered a traditional Dogon village in central Mali under cover of darkness and started shooting, pillaging and burning, local media quoted officials as saying. The attackers are believed to belong to the Fulani ethnic group. Violence between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders has resulted in hundreds of deaths since January. In March gunmen massacred in Burkina Faso in early January. Many observers say the Malian government has lost control over parts of the country having outsourced …

Two Canadian volunteers missing in rare kidnapping in Ghana

The women were abducted in Kumasi, and security sources have suggested it was a kidnapping for ransom Two Canadian women who were volunteering with an international development organisation have been abducted in Canadas foreign ministry said it had informed the womens families and was working with local authorities. Security sources suggested this was a kidnapping for ransom. Kidnappings and violent crime towards foreigners are rare in Ghana. But earlier this year, local media quoted the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, as warning that action must be taken to make sure kidnapping doesnt become a feature of our society. In April, an Indian man was reportedly abducted, also in Kumasi, by an armed gang demanding a cash ransom. He was swiftly rescued by …