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A country of western Africa. The site of several powerful states, including the Mali (flourished 14th century) and the Songhai (flourished 15th-16th century), Mali became part of French West Africa in the 19th century and achieved independence in 1960. Bamako is the capital and the largest city.

Ma′li·an adj. & n.
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(Placename) a landlocked republic in West Africa: conquered by the French by 1898 and incorporated (as French Sudan) into French West Africa; became independent in 1960; settled chiefly in the basins of the Rivers Senegal and Niger in the south. Official language: French. Religion: Muslim majority, also animist. Currency: franc. Capital: Bamako. Pop: 15 968 882 (2013 est). Area: 1 248 574 sq km (482 077 sq miles). Former name (1898–1959): French Sudan
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(ˈmɑ li)

Republic of, a republic in W Africa: formerly a territory of France; gained independence 1960. 10,429,124; 478,821 sq. mi. (1,240,140 sq. km). Cap.: Bamako. Formerly, French Sudan.
Ma′li•an, n., adj.
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Noun1.Mali - a landlocked republic in northwestern AfricaMali - a landlocked republic in northwestern Africa; achieved independence from France in 1960; Mali was a center of West African civilization for more than 4,000 years
Bamako - the capital of Mali; located in the south on the Niger
Timbuktu - a city in central Mali near the Niger river; formerly famous for its gold trade
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Niger, Niger River - an African river; flows into the South Atlantic
Malian - a native or inhabitant of Mali
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My job in the American Embassy, Bamako, Mali, was to make the Malians like or at least understand the United States and our policies via radio and press stories.
In Kidal, the Tuareg secessionist group, the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA), and the Islamic Movement of the Azawad (MIA) share space with forces from France and Chad; the glaring absence of the Malian army, at the behest of France, is meanwhile leading to growing confusion and frustration amongst Malians in Bamako.
On top of that, hundreds of thousands of Malians have been displaced by the insurgency and counterinsurgency.
The 31st-ranked Nationals proved a tough nut to crack in the opening period but struggled to hold their ground in the second quarter and ultimately crumbled after the turn as the favored Malians showed no remorse on the way to another lopsided loss.
By Arwa Al-Wagayan BASSIKOUNOU, Mauritania, Oct 14 (KUNA) -- Tens of thousands of Malians have fled their native towns in northern Mali after the eruption of fighting between the government and the rebel groups in 2012 and crossed the borders to neighboring Mauritania where they settled in Mbera camp in Basssikounou.
BAMAKO (CyHAN)- Nineteen suspects, including 18 Malians and one Togolese national, were arrested following Monday's terrorist attack at Nord-Sud hotel in Bamako, Director General of Mali police Moussa Ag Infahi said Tuesday.
Loukil further pointed out that the mission was very positive and promising and that Malians have promised facilities and advantages for the benefit of Tunisian companies wishing to settle or export on the Malian market.
Unlike the plan for Afghanistan, the liberated Malians would not build a Western-like democracy but reinstall an acceptable political system.
The group said it wanted fighters freed from Mali's prisons and for attacks against northern Malians to stop.
The group, led by Moktar Belmoktar, said it wanted fighters freed from Mali's prisons and for attacks against northern Malians to stop.