The following report highlights major news developments in politics and security in Mali on 8-9 March. In this report, Mauritania accuses Mali of crimes against its nationals, the UN mission opens an investigation after the discovery of 35 charred bodies, the Defense Minister and the Air Force Chief travel to Russia, traditional hunters in Bandiagara supports army actions, and Turkey condemns 4 March terrorist attack. On the economic front, an increase in fuel price is looming. Security ward, the Army says it has killed nine terrorists, including foreign combatants. This report includes background information to add context where needed.