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Two aid workers killed in Mali landmine blast: Officials

Last Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2014, 03:37

Two Malian aid workers were killed when their vehicle drove over a landmine in restive north-west Mali, officials told AFP Friday.

A year after Mali action, France remains `Africa`s gendarme`

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 11:37

A year after dispatching warplanes and troops to repel an Islamist incursion in Mali, France is fighting in another of its former colonies, demonstrating it is destined to play reluctant "gendarme" in Africa, say analysts.

UN assesses damage to Timbuktu manuscripts

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 02, 2013, 23:14

Islamic radicals destroyed 4,000 ancient manuscripts during their occupation of Timbuktu, according to the findings of a United Nations expert mission.

French forces leaving Malian town of Timbuktu

Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013, 09:10

Dozens of French forces have left the northern Malian town of Timbuktu several months after their military operation largely ousted radical Islamic fighters from the area, a French military official said on Sunday.

Mali military detains 8 Arab civilians in Timbuktu

Last Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 22:51

Eight Arab men have been detained by the military in Timbuktu, raising fears of further reprisals against the region`s Arab minority.

Al Qaeda’s branch created terrorist training academy in Timbuktu

Last Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013, 17:00

Al Qaeda’s branch in North Africa had created an academy for terrorists during its occupation of Timbuktu.

French troops begin withdrawal from Mali’s Timbuktu

Last Updated: Friday, February 08, 2013, 08:06

France launched a military operation in Mali on January 11 to help the Malian government restore control.

French troops to quit Timbuktu on Feb 07

Last Updated: Monday, February 04, 2013, 22:42

French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight as a military spokeswoman said that French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.

Mali crisis: French president arrives in Timbuktu

Last Updated: Saturday, February 02, 2013, 18:30

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

French troops enter Kidal, last Mali rebel town

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 15:23

In yet another victory over Islamists in Mali, French troops on Wednesday entered Kidal.

Timbuktu’s Al Qaeda-linked rebels ‘locked up, lashed’ women

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 14:25

Residents in Timbuktu spoke for the first time of a rule of fear under Al Qaeda-linked Islamists.

French take Mali’s Timbuktu, Islamists torch library

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 13:36

French troops have seized the historic city of Timbuktu in Mali after advancing north into an area held by Islamist militants.