Some 139 members of a Bangladeshi Formed Police Unit (FPU) serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) have been awarded the UN medal for their efforts to support peace in the West African country.
Mali has been suspended from international football after the West African country's sports minister sacked the executive committee of its football federation, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday.
Five United Nations peacekeepers are killed and another seriously injured in an attack in central Mali. The soldiers - who were from Togo - were travelling in the Mopti region when their vehicle came under fire before hitting a landmine.
Gun-toting jihadists took more than 100 people hostage for around nine hours at a top hotel in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, in an attack claimed by an al-Qaeda affiliate that left at least 27 people dead.