France's president is promising support for a new multinational force against extremists in Africa's vast Sahel region as he meets in Mali with leaders from five regional countries.
The Swedish government has announced that a man held by Islamic extremists in northern Mali for six years has been released.
Mali's security minister says security forces have killed at least four extremists after an attack Sunday that left two people dead at a spot popular with foreigners.
A security official says suspected jihadists in Mali's capital have attacked a resort that is popular with foreigners on the weekends.
Officials say that French soldiers deployed to Mali to fight against Islamic extremists have killed at least 20 jihadis at the country's border with Burkina Faso.
A local official says a couple has been stoned to death in northern Mali after extremists accused them of conducting an extramarital affair.