Looting mars liberation as French and Malian troops secure Timbuktu

Hundreds of people scramble to give French-led troops a heroes’ welcome as they enter the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops yesterday in Mali's fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged more than US$455 million for a French-led drive to rout the radicals from the north.

Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 6:43pm

Financial looters run riot, and there's rebellion in the air

Widespread riots, arson and looting across London and other English cities sent shockwaves around the world. As far away as Japan, people were asking if Britain was safe any more, and one German politician suggested moving next year's Olympic Games to Germany.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Meanwhile, the real looters go scot-free

The looting and mayhem in Britain's worst riots in decades have people scratching their heads and asking how this could have happened.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Battle must continue for return of spoils of war

China's objections to two bronze animal heads looted from the Old Summer Palace 150 years ago going on the auction block have been overruled by a French court. The relics have been determined to have been legally bought by Yves Saint Laurent; Christie's will go ahead with their sale today as part of the sell-off of the private art collection of the late fashion designer and his partner.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Shenzhen crime spree escalates

The opening of a Shenzhen subway station has been delayed after an armed gang raided the construction site and stole the escalator.

Gouwugongyuan station, outside the Shenzhen Exhibition Centre, was to have opened on December 28.

4 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Beer looting

BRISBANE: Queensland police searched homes in an isolated Aboriginal community for 150,000 cans of beer looted from a store on New Year's Eve by a mob of 500 armed with axes and guns. No one was injured in the incident at Kowanyama, 1,800 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

2 Jan 1993 - 12:00am