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Hollande Press Conference: French President Tackles Record Unpopularity

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Cleaning up Thailand's shady surrogacy industry

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The Biennale des Antiquaires: Where Miro meets million-dollar jewellery and antiques

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Attacks on migrants in Tangiers and unwelcome stares from men in Cairo

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Ebola virus: US to send 3,000 troops to West Africa

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France looks on as Scotland votes

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Latest update 20/11/2013

France's war in Mali

Once held up as a model of democracy, Mali was thrown into turmoil after a March 2012 military coup in the south brought down the democratically elected government. The power vacuum allowed Tuareg rebels allied with Islamist militants to seize the northern half of the country – a vast desert region roughly the size of France. In January 2013, French troops, backed by soldiers from Chad and Niger, launched a campaign to drive out the Islamist groups and restore Mali’s unity.

Background
French anti-terror judge says ‘no choice’ but war in Mali

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French tanks head towards northern Mali

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Former PM Villepin warns of 'blind' Mali intervention

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Mali-based Islamists pledge attacks on French soil

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France joins fight against Mali Islamists, Hollande says

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