News President Hollande - a frustratingly minimalist domestic reformer but a bold, global statesman

The French President has been criticised for his interventions in Mali and CAR but insists it is not old-fashioned paternalism but a mission to save lives

Nigeria’s Sunday Mba is congratulated by his team-mates yesterday

Mali and Burkina Faso bidding to spoil dream final between Ghana and Nigeria

African Nations Cup semi-finals take place tomorrow

The News Matrix: Tuesday 5 February 2013

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Students working in a newly reopened school in Gao yesterday

Enforcer for Islamist rule in Timbuktu captured by Malian Tuareg rebels after French air strikes pound insurgent camps

Rebel accused of atrocities captured with leader of terror group

Amadou Traore looks for signs of what happened to his uncle

‘No one who looks like my uncle has been killed here. I still think I’ll find him’: A student follows the trail from Bamako to Timbuktu

Kim Sengupta follows a student’s hunt for his loved one from Bamako to Timbuktu

French troops to quit Timbuktu this week

France targets Mali Islamist bases

The News Matrix: Monday 4 February 2013

French hit Islamist camps from the air

Warm welcome: François Hollande is mobbed by crowds in Timbuktu

Cheers for François Hollande, hero of Mali

... but it's not yet mission accomplished for the French President

Mali's interim president, Dioncounda Traore, presents Francois Hollande to the people of Timbuktu

Hollande makes triumphant Mali visit

Crowds shouted "Vive la France! Vive Francois Hollande!"

As celebrations continue after the liberation of Timbuktu and French President François Hollande prepares to fly into Mali, French troops with a core of special forces are hunting Adama and his fellow leaders in the deserts and mountains of Mali

Hunt on for Malian rebels who fled to fight another
day

As people celebrate in liberated Timbuktu, roadside bomb kills five Malian troops

Will Timbuktu be simply a repeat of Kandahar?

After the retreat of the Islamists, scenes in Timbuktu have been very different
in the past week

Editorial: Dangerous mission creep in Mali

Just a few weeks ago, intervention in Mali was to be a short, sharp, French-only mission. Britain was supplying two transport planes, but only as a nod to cross-Channel military co-operation. There would, the Prime Minister promised, be no boots on the ground.

Mali rebels 'could destabilise region' as jihadists retreat into neighbouring countries, warn experts

Efforts to push back rebels in Mali could destabilise the region as the mainly foreign jihadists retreat into neighbouring countries, experts warned today.

France declares Mali intervention 'a success' but warns of dangerous new phase resisting guerrilla war

French forces expected to occupy last rebel town Kidal later today

French troops take control of Mali airport

Troops are in control of Kidal airport in northern Mali, seizing a key position in one of three provincial capitals the Islamist militants took last year.

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