Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Threaten Mali as France Cuts Force

February 12, 2014

"...Mali’s $10.3 billion economy, which contracted 1.2 percent in 2012, according to the International Monetary Fund, grew 4.8 percent last year and may expand 7.4 percent this year. Its gold mining hasn’t been affected by the fighting, according to the fund. AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (ANG) andRandgold Resources Ltd. (RRS) are among mining companies in Mali...About 800,000 people in Mali need food assistance and as many as 3 million more aren’t likely to find enough to eat in the first half of the year, group of aid organizations including Oxfam, Solidarites International, World Vision and Action Against Hunger said in joint statement on Jan. 31."