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France launches big Mali offensive

French forces launch one of their biggest offensives against militants in northern Mali before the start of their troop withdrawal later this month.


Mali needs aid to rebuild north, stop militant return: France

Donors need to pour aid into Mali over the next six months to rebuild its strife-hit north and stop defeated militants taking advantage of the chaos to return, France's development minister said on Tuesday.


Al-Qaeda base in Mali 'dismantled'

A major al-Qaeda base has been dismantled by French forces in the remote mountains of northern Mali, France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says.


US sends 100 armed troops to Niger

The US has deployed 100 troops to Niger to assist French forces in neighbouring Mali, President Barack Obama says.


Officials: U.S. support in Mali doesn't include combat

As jihadists start an insurgency in Mali, US officials say France should stay in the lead.


France seeks quick UN Mali handover

The UN should begin planning for African-led forces in Mali to become a full peacekeeping mission, France tells the Security Council, as clashes continue.


Hollande's Popularity Rises From Record Low on Mali Battle

French President Francois Hollande's approval rating jumped this month from a record low, improving for the first time since he took office after sending troops to Mali to battle Islamist rebels.


Mali secures retaken towns, donors pledge funds

French-backed Malian troops searched house-to-house in Gao and Timbuktu on Tuesday uncovering arms and explosives abandoned by Islamist fighters, and France said it would look to hand over longer-term security operations in Mali to an African force.


U.S., Italy aiding French in Mali


International backing for French forces battling Islamist militants in Mali gathered momentum Tuesday, as U.S. military aircraft flew French troops and supplies into the African nation and Italy's lawmakers voted to lend support.


France seeks support for Africa's Mali force


France called on Saturday on other world powers to commit money and logistical support for African armies readying their troops to join French soldiers already battling al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali.


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