(Reuters) - Malian rebels who declared an independent Islamic state in the country's north said on Sunday they would impose sharia but not in a strict form. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), which has fought to make Mali's northern Azawad region an autonomous state, on Saturday signed an agreement to merge with Islamist Ansar Dine rebels seeking to impose sharia across Mali.
(CNN) -- Separatist rebels who recently captured large areas of Mali's vast Sahara region in the north of the country have declared independence for a region they call Azawad. The declaration was made in a statement posted online by... Read Post
Mali moved a step closer to being broken in two on Sunday when al-Qaeda-linked Islamists and Tuareg rebels declared the nation's north an independent country to be ruled according to sharia law. The announcement, from Ansar Dine and... Read Post