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France bombs Islamist hideout as Mali insurgency deepens

France has bombed an Islamist rebel hideout in northern Mali's largest city, intensifying a security lock-down against guerrilla attacks as the French-led campaign entered its second month.

France bombs Islamist hideout as Mali insurgency deepens
Islamists attack north Mali city after suicide bombings
Islamists attack north Mali city after suicide bombings

Islamist gunmen attacked the largest city in northern Mali on Sunday following two straight days of suicide bombings, intensifying their insurgency on territory reclaimed by French-led forces.

Islamists attack north Mali city after suicide bombings
UN leader worried by guerrilla fightback in Mali
UN leader worried by guerrilla fightback in Mali

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he is worried by a guerrilla fightback in Mali and that no firm decision has been made to send a peacekeeping force there.

UN leader worried by guerrilla fightback in Mali
'Hundreds' of rebels killed, France to leave Mali from March
'Hundreds' of rebels killed, 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 Tuesday it will begin withdrawing troops in March.

'Hundreds' of rebels killed, France to leave Mali from March
France bombs Islamist supply routes in Mali
France bombs Islamist supply routes in Mali

French fighter jets have pounded Islamist supply bases in northern Mali seeking to flush the insurgents out of hiding, as France and the US on Monday called for African troops to quickly take over the operation.

France bombs Islamist supply routes in Mali
Timbuktu chose 'passive resistance' to Islamist occupiers
Timbuktu chose 'passive resistance' to Islamist occupiers

Timbuktu has been part of three empires, survived invasions and had countless rulers, and it met its 10-month occupation by Islamist extremists with the stoicism of a city that has seen centuries of history.

Timbuktu chose 'passive resistance' to Islamist occupiers
Mali's president rules out talks with Islamists
Mali's president rules out talks with Islamists

Mali's interim president ruled out talks with Islamist groups who ruled the north for nine months, but said he was ready to meet Tuareg activists from the region.

Mali's president rules out talks with Islamists
Rage in Timbuktu over priceless destroyed manuscripts
Rage in Timbuktu over priceless destroyed manuscripts

"They are not Muslims, they are bandits!" raged Mohamed Elher Ag Abba, whose house flanks a famed archive in Timbuktu where retreating Islamists burnt priceless ancient books and manuscripts before fleeing.

Rage in Timbuktu over priceless destroyed manuscripts
French troops at gates of last major city in northern Mali
French troops at gates of last major city in northern Mali

French troops were at the gates of the last major city in northern Mali still outside their control early Wednesday after their forces landed at the airport in Kidal.

French troops at gates of last major city in northern Mali
French, Malian troops patrol Timbuktu after hero's welcome
French, Malian troops patrol Timbuktu after hero's welcome

French and Malian forces were patrolling Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu on Tuesday, after a hero's welcome following their lightning advance north.

French, Malian troops patrol Timbuktu after hero's welcome
African Union Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. ©REUTERS
International donor conference for war-torn Mali opens

An international donor conference to drum up funds and troops to help the military operation against Islamist militants in Mali opened on Tuesday at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital.

International donor conference for war-torn Mali opens
French-led troops close in on Timbuktu
French-led troops close in on Timbuktu

French-led troops were closing in on Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu after capturing a string of other towns in their offensive against Islamists in the north of the country.

French-led troops close in on Timbuktu
Australia joins Europeans in Benghazi threat alert
Australia joins Europeans in Benghazi threat alert

Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia have all urged their citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi due to a "specific, imminent threat to Westerners", linked to French action in Mali.

Australia joins Europeans in Benghazi threat alert
French planes destroy Islamist bases in Mali
French planes destroy Islamist bases in Mali

French warplanes have destroyed two Islamist bases in northern Mali as an Al-Qaeda-linked group there split, with the splinter group calling for talks to end the offensive against the militants.

French planes destroy Islamist bases in Mali
Chad seeks regional clout in sending troops to Mali: analysts
Chad seeks regional clout in sending troops to Mali: analysts

In pledging 2,000 desert-trained soldiers to fight Islamic extremists in Mali, Chad's President Idriss Deby looks set to carve out a role as a force for regional stability.

Chad seeks regional clout in sending troops to Mali: analysts
Malians escaping 'second hell' find refuge in Burkina
Malians escaping 'second hell' find refuge in Burkina

For the many Malians who have fled to Burkina Faso in recent days, facing life in a refugee camp won out over the horrors of war, after already suffering through occupation by hardline Islamist rebels.

Malians escaping 'second hell' find refuge in Burkina
France says military goal is 'total reconquest of Mali'
France says military goal is 'total reconquest of Mali'

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday the end goal of France's military action in Mali was to retake control of the whole country from Islamist militants who have seized the north.

France says military goal is 'total reconquest of Mali'
Islamists behind Algeria attack vow more strikes
Islamists behind Algeria attack vow more strikes

An Al-Qaeda linked group which shocked the world with its audacious hostage attack in Algeria threatened on Sunday to stage strikes on nations involved in chasing out Islamists from neighbouring Mali.

Islamists behind Algeria attack vow more strikes
Mali operation another burden for French budget
Mali operation another burden for French budget

The French offensive in Mali will burden a defence budget that was expected to get relief from the withdrawal of French forces from Afghanistan.

Mali operation another burden for French budget
White House, Pentagon disagree over Mali: report
White House, Pentagon disagree over Mali: report

The White House and the US Defense Department are at odds over the danger posed by radical Islamic groups that have taken control of parts of Mali and are stirring up trouble in other parts of West Africa.

White House, Pentagon disagree over Mali: report