Somewhere between Fri 1 and Sun 31 Mar 2013

EU to resume financial aid to Mali amid efforts to restore democracy

The European Union resumes aid worth up to €250 million to Mali amid international efforts to restore democracy in the West African nation. 

"The swift adoption by the Malian authorities of a transition roadmap to restore democracy and stability has opened the door... for restarting gradually development aid," said Europe's development commissioner Andris Piebalgs in a statement.

The funds were frozen in 2012 in the wake of the March military coup, which resulted in Islamist insurgents taking over the northern parts of the country. 

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