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Freed Dutch hostage awaited in Mali capital

A Dutch hostage freed after being held by al Qaeda-linked extremists in Mali for more than three years was due to arrive in the capital Bamako on Tuesday, Dutch and Malian diplomatic sources said.

Three killed in big protest against UN in Mali

 Three people were killed in northern Mali on Tuesday after a second day of demonstrations against the United Nations military mission in the restive west African nation, government and hospital sources said.

Islamists blow up bridge in north Mali: Official

Armed Islamic extremists today blew up a small bridge south of Mali`s largest northern town of Gao, wounding two civilians, police and local government sources said.

Suicide bomber in Mali kills 5: Military

The head of public relations for the Malian military confirmed that two Malian soldiers and three jihadists were killed during a patrol outside the northern Malian city of Gao.

French, Mali troops recover explosives in Gao

French soldiers today recovered an enormous stash of explosives that authorities believe radical Islamic fighters were using to make bombs for attacks on northern Mali`s largest city, a Malian military spokesman said.

French, Malian troops regain control of Gao

French and Malian govt forces have regained control of this strategic northern city, after Islamic fighters invaded and fought a prolonged battle.

Mali army arrests two men with explosives near Gao

A Malian military spokesman says soldiers on Saturday arrested two men who tried to blow themselves up on the outskirts of Gao.

French troops in Mali capture the town of Gao

French officials said that troops from Niger and Chad would now move into the town to help secure it, the BBC reported.

French forces take airport, bridge in Gao, Mali

French forces have taken control of the airport and a key bridge in the radical Islamist stronghold of Gao, the French defense minister said.

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

Mali`s military and French forces have pushed toward Islamic extremist stronghold in the city of Gao, in their farthest push east since launching an operation to retake land controlled by the rebels.

Bernanke asks GAO to review Fed role in AIG rescue

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took the unusual step on Tuesday of asking Congress` investigative arm to conduct a "full review" of the Fed`s role in bailing out insurance giant American International Group (AIG).