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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.

Fresh clashes between Malian troops and Islamist extremists

Severe ongoing clashes were reported between Malian troops and suspected Islamists extremists.

French, Mali troops move closer to Timbaktu

French and Mali troops are confidently heading towards Timbaktu, which is considered to be in control of the Islamist opposition.