The following report highlights major news developments in politics and security in Mali on 14 March. In this report, Mali and Mauritania have set up a joint committee to look into the issue of Mauritanians killed in Mali, a newspaper has purported that a new transition could last 20 months while an editorial says transitional leader Colonel Assimi Goita is about to disappoint Malians. On the economic front, 200,000 farmers receive more than $6.6 million relief fund. Security wise, a hundred civilians were killed over the weekend in clashes between terrorist groups in the Menaka region, Mali has banned movements of civilians along border amid tensions with Mauritania, and an article has urged the resumption of talks with armed groups. The report includes background information to add context where needed.