UN slaps sanctions on 5 Malians for obstructing peace deal

This photo taken on July 14, 2016 shows a soldier of the United Nations mission to Mali standing guard near a UN vehicle after it drove over an explosive device near Kidal, northern Mali. (AFP file photo)
Updated 10 July 2019

UN slaps sanctions on 5 Malians for obstructing peace deal

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has added five Malians to the UN sanctions blacklist for obstructing implementation of a 2015 peace deal.
The three parties to the 2015 agreement were the government, a pro-government militia known as the Platform, and a coalition of groups called the Coordination of Movements of Azawad, which includes ethnic Arabs and Tuaregs who seek autonomy in northern Mali.
The council imposed a travel ban and asset freeze Tuesday on Mohamed Ould Mataly, a member of parliament from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s political party; Ahmed Ag Albachar, a coalition member who heads a humanitarian commission in northern Kidal; and Mahri Sidi Amar Ben Daha, a member of the Platform.
Sanctions were also levied on dissident Houka Houka Ag Alhousseini and trafficker Mohamed Ben Ahmed Mahri.


LIVE: Davos 2020 Day One - Thunberg slams elites, Trump hails US economic rebound

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LIVE: Davos 2020 Day One - Thunberg slams elites, Trump hails US economic rebound

  • Discussion panels featuring a number of high profile figures from the political, business and civil world.
  • Environment and climate issues on agenda, but Iran and Lebanon expected to feature heavily

The World Economic Forum 2020 started on Tuesday in Davos in Switzerland. Greta Thunberg kicked off the three day forum in a panel discussion on Sustainable Path towards a Common Future.

There will be discussion panels featuring a number of high profile figures from the political, business and civil world.

They will discuss a wide range of subjects including the environment and climate issues, but Iran and Lebanon are expected to feature heavily.

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13:45 - Bollywood superstar and mental health ambassador Deepika Padukone has a very honest and inspiring conversation with World Health Organization's director-general about her own experiences with mental illness and how the stigma surrounding it can be ended...

In 2017, Padukone spoke vividly about her struggle with depression and the stigma that surrounded it. She also described how she decided to speak out, so others wouldn't have to suffer in the same way she did. Watch the Crystal Awardee speaking earlier at Davos:

13:00 - Saudi Arabia's Minister for Communications and IT Abdullah Al-Swaha has been speaking on a panel about the strategic outlook for Middle East economies. He makes the salient point that if countries want their economies to grow, they must focus on youth, technology and the empowerment of women...

11:30 - US President Donald Trump reverted to his role as salesman Tuesday, telling a gathering of the world's top businessmen in the Swiss Alps that he's led a “spectacular” turnaround of the US economy and encouraged them to invest in America.

He reminded the audience that when he spoke here two years ago, early in his presidency, “I told you that we had launched the great American comeback."

“Today I’m proud to declare the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” the president said.

Read more of the US President's address at Davos here: Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

11:00 - Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson delivered a special message from Pope Francis. He called on everyone to remember that we are all members of one human family, and that we have a moral obligation to care for one another.

And he asked for a renewed ethical approach in the forthcoming discussions, including in the discipline of economics.

10:30 - The historian Yuval Noah Harari struck a pessimistic note at the opening of this session on the technology arms race. 

"On the most shallow level it could be a repeat of the 19thcentury industrial revolution, when the leaders had the chance to dominate the world economically and politically... I understand the current arms race as an imperial arms race... You don't need to send the soldiers in if you have all the data on a country," says Harari.

10:00 - In one of the first sessions of the WEF, Greta Thunberg said the voices of science and youth need to be at the center of the conversations on environment and future during “Forging a Sustainable Path towards a Common Future” panel discussion. 

Read more on her speech hereThunberg condemns climate inaction as Trump joins Davos