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  • Sep 18, 2014
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Indian mother questions French aid for her rape-suspect husband

An Indian mother whose daughter was allegedly raped by her French father has asked France's foreign ministry to explain why their diplomats are providing support for him but not the little girl.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 4:09am

France to leave Mali from March

French-led forces have killed hundreds of militants in fighting to reclaim northern Mali and with the rebels’ last bastion secured, France said on Tuesday it will begin withdrawing troops in March.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:02pm

Hollande says Mali terrorism forced back but 'not defeated yet'

As troops worked to secure Kidal, the last bastion of radicals who occupied the vast desert north for 10 months before the French army’s surprise intervention, Hollande told Malians it was time for Africans to take the lead but that France would not abandon them.

3 Feb 2013 - 1:36pm

French president visits Mali to cheers of support

French President Francois Hollande bathed in the cheers and accolades of the thousands of people of this embattled Timbuktu on Saturday, making a triumphant stop six days after French forces parachuted to liberate the fabled city from the radical Islamists occupying it.

3 Feb 2013 - 12:08am

Britain mulls sending hundreds of troops to Mali

Britain is considering sending about 200 non-combat troops to help the military operation against Islamist militants in Mali, with a decision expected within days, media reports said Tuesday.

29 Jan 2013 - 11:38am

France should follow England's example, says Philippe Saint-Andre

France should follow England's example when it comes to looking after their players and not overloading the schedule, French coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

The 45-year-old, who spent over eight years coaching in England, said the lack of time allowed for top players to develop their skills had hindered and would continue to hinder the national side.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

French-led forces take control of key north Mali town, US to help refuel warplanes

The seizure of Gao, the most populated town in Mali’s northern region, was announced by the French defence ministry and confirmed by Malian security sources on Saturday.

27 Jan 2013 - 10:27am

Breakaway group 'rejects terrorism' and is ready to end Mali conflict

One of the main Islamist groups occupying northern Mali split yesterday, with the breakaway faction saying it was ready for talks to end a two-week-old French-led offensive, amid growing concerns over rights abuses by government troops.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Trains, planes and automobiles come to a halt as blizzards blanket Europe

Air, road and rail traffic across much of Europe suffered major disruptions yesterday as heavy snow and freezing weather gripped the continent.

22 Jan 2013 - 6:49am

Call for global support in Mali's anti-terror fight

West African leaders yesterday urged greater global involvement in Mali as they met to speed up the deployment of regional troops to support a French-backed offensive against an Islamist onslaught.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also attended the emergency summit, held in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:43am