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Mali extends state of emergency by eight months

Coffins of Malian army officers killed in an attack are displayed on July 21, 2016 in Segou during a funeral ceremonyLawmakers in Mali agreed to extend a state of emergency across the country by another eight months, officials told AFP, as fresh violence flared in the restive northeast. MPs unanimously backed the extension — which has been renewed several times since last year — during an extraordinary session of the National Assembly, a parliamentary source said. “I want to reassure that the state of emergency contributes to the stability of the country” and preserves security, interior minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga told lawmakers.

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