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Latest update : 2013-06-05

Islamists drive out MNLA rebels from key northern areas

Tuareg rebels in Mali may have managed to force the collapse of one of West Africa's most stable democracies, but they're not all-conquering in northern Mali. Islamist group Ansar Dine have chased out members of the Liberation Army of Azawad (MNLA) from Timbuktu and seized control of large parts of northern Mali. The MNLA want independence for their home region, but Ansar Dine want to impose strict Islamic laws, and at the moment the latter seem to be the dominant force.

By Kate WILLIAMS , Julien FANCIULLI

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2017-10-16 Turkey

Turkey's brain drain: Turning their backs on limited freedom, declining economy

According to a report by Turkey's main opposition party, thousands of Turks chose to leave their country following last year's coup attempt on July 16. Most say they are worried...

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2017-10-13 Europe

Sebastian Kurz on track to become Austria's next chancellor

He's been dubbed the "Austrian Emmanuel Macron". Sebastian Kurz is only 31 years old, but he's on track to become Austria's new leader when the country heads to the polls this...

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2017-10-12 Europe

Carles Puigdemont: From journalist to Catalan independence leader

As Spain marks its national day, the Catalonia secession crisis hangs heavily over the kingdom. Our correspondents in Spain decided to take a closer look at the 54-year-old...

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2017-10-11 Americas

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2017-10-10 Middle East

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