The following report highlights major news developments in politics and security in Mali on 5-7 March. Mali observes a three-day morning in the aftermaths of the killing of 27 soldiers in a terrorist attack. Malian economy is on slow motion a few weeks from the beginning of Ramadan even though authorities manage to open a way out for Malian cotton through Mauritania. Malian Army killed terrorist leaders including Burkina Faso and Niger nationals. The report includes background information to add context where needed.