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French troops begin withdrawal from Timbuktu

French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu on Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among th

Friday, 8 February, 2013, 2:53pm

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

Briefs, February 6, 2013

The Vatican's top official on family policy has opened slightly to the possibility of rights for gay civil unions, although he also stressed that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. "Marriage is a clear legal dimension. 

6 Feb 2013 - 6:02am

Briefs, February 4, 2013

Thirty French warplanes blasted Islamist extremist's training and logistics centres in northeastern Mali, hours after President Francois Hollande visited the African country, the military said. 

4 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

Mali sends South Africa crashing in quarter-final shootout

Mali again showed incredible resilience to come from behind and knock the host team out of the Africa Cup of Nations in a penalty shootout for the second straight year, joining Ghana in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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

Germany security talks begin with Syria, Mali in focus

High-level officials, ministers and top military brass gathered at the Munich Security Conference Friday with Syria in the spotlight and amid a US warning to Iran over stalled nuclear talks.

2 Feb 2013 - 3:55pm

Briefs, February 1, 2013

A fire has destroyed a camel farm in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany, killing 86 animals and causing up to €2 million (HK$21 million) in damages. 

1 Feb 2013 - 3:40am

French enter last Islamist stronghold in Mali

France called for peace talks between Mali’s government and “legitimate representatives” from the north, after French troops took up positions at Kidal, the last city held by Islamist forces.

“This political process now has to advance concretely,” French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Looting in Timbuktu as donors pledge US$455 million for Mali

Hundreds of Malians looted Arab-owned shops on Tuesday in Mali’s fabled Timbuktu, newly freed from Islamists, as global donors pledged over US$455 million.

29 Jan 2013 - 9:24pm