South Africa: NGO Unaware of Reported U.S.$4 Million Ransom Paid to Free Mali Hostage
The Gift of the Givers humanitarian aid organisation says it knows nothing about a ransom of more than R50m that was allegedly paid for the release of Stephen McGown, Netwerk24… Read more »
South Africa: Hostage in Mali Freed After Nearly Six Years in Captivity
Stephen McGown, a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for more than five years, has been released, it emerged on Thursday. Read more »
South Africa: Family of SA Hostage in Mali Wants Him Out 'As Quickly As Possible'
The family of Stephen McGown, a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for five-and-a-half years, hopes that government will negotiate his release soon following a new… Read more »
South Africa: SA Hostage in Mali Marks 2000 Days in Captivity
More than five years after her son was captured by a rebel group in Mali, Stephen McGown's ailing mother wants him freed before she takes her last breath, Gift of the Givers said. Read more »
Mali: President Elects Allies in Key Govt Position Ahead of Crucial Polls - Report
Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has reportedly reshuffled his government, bringing in loyalists who are seen as important allies in preparation for re-election next year. Read more »
Zimbabwe: Mugabe, France to Hold Talks Over 'Diplomatic Tiff'
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is expected to come face-to-face with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Mali on Saturday to discuss the diplomatic tiff that emerged… Read more »