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France begins withdrawal of troops from Mali

Four months after France deployed troops to control the Islamists rebel in Mali, the process of major military withdrawal from the area reportedly started on Saturday.

Mali crisis: French president arrives in Timbuktu

French President Francois Hollande was welcomed among jovial celebrations in Timbuktu on Saturday.

Mali crisis: French troops take control of Timbuktu

In a major blow to the Islamist opposition, French troops in Mali have successfully gained control of he key Timbuktu airport.