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DNA samples taken but Western experts say it is unlikely sworn enemies would be killed together
Seven members of a French family, three of them children, have been abducted in Cameroon three days after seven other foreigners were taken away at gunpoint in neighbouring Nigeria, raising fears that Islamist militants have started a campaign of capturing Western hostages in the region.
Salif Keita found fame with the Rail Band of Bamako in the late 1960s, then with the Ambassadeurs. Both revelled in combining Afro-Cuban and native elements, with their classic line-up of electric guitar, balafon, kora and brass.
Tories accused of making same mistakes as former PM in Mali
The home of Dramane Maulvi Haidara is down a dusty alleyway of pot-holes with an open drain alongside. There, behind a heavy wooden door studded with metal in a dark, windowless room, lay a rich treasure trove that has been guarded with utmost care from a determined enemy.
Nigeria rout Mali 4-0 in semi-final match
After an uncertain start, intervention in Mali has bucked the President's approval ratings
African Nations Cup semi-finals take place tomorrow
... but it's not yet mission accomplished for the French President
Crowds shouted "Vive la France! Vive Francois Hollande!"
As people celebrate in liberated Timbuktu, roadside bomb kills five Malian troops
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Mali’s most storied city is in the final hours of its occupation by Jihadists who faced international condemnation and a powerful foreign expeditionary force closing in by land and air.
The recapture of Timbuktu was done by moonlight. More than 250 French troops parachuted down to the northern entrance of the fabled desert city, while an armoured column sealed the southern exit.
Fall of Timbuktu will mark the end of an initial, lightning advance by French and Malian forces into territory overrun by Islamists
Witnesses describe the moment civilians fell victim to a helicopter attack