Mali's interim President Diouncounda Traore returns to the country after a two-month absence.
The United States says it is "deeply concerned" about abuses by state security forces in the Sahel and threatens to cut aid to the G5 nations that form a coalition in the area – Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad – if those issues are not addressed. The U.S. also welcomes a summit to be held between the G5 nations and France and Spain.
Ansar Dine, a militant Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims responsibility for yesterday's attack on a United Nations base in Kidal, northern Mali, that killed six UN peacekeepers, all from neighboring Guinea.
Malian interim President Dioncounda Traoré appoints Django Sissoko to be a new Acting Prime Minister, after his predecessor Cheick Modibo Diarra was forced to resign by leaders of the 2012 coup d'état.