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Hard bargaining: Lebanon prime minister returns and suspends resignation

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THE INTERVIEW

Keepers of the flame: Native American communities seeking to protect their cultural legacy

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Tunisians disillusioned, seven years after revolution

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ACCESS ASIA

Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

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ENCORE!

Film show: 'Battle of the Sexes', 'Jupiter’s Moon', 'Reinventing Marvin'

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IN THE PAPERS

Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

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IN THE PAPERS

UN tribunal decides fate of Mladic, 'Butcher of the Balkans'

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EYE ON AFRICA

Celebrations erupt in the streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

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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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