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Cameroon's Paul Biya wins 7th term in poll marred by low turnout

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#THE 51%

The Gender Divide: Record number of women running in US midterms

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THE DEBATE

The Nativist: Trump warns of migrant 'emergency' ahead of midterms

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FOCUS

Prominent Iraqi women in danger

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ENCORE!

Music show: SLAP!, Boy George and Culture Club, plus Nao

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TALKING EUROPE

'EU parliament vote will determine heart and soul of Europe for years to come'

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TALKING EUROPE

Have your fish and eat it: Can British fishing fleets net a Brexit bonus?

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IN THE PRESS

'Must never happen again': Australia apologises to victims of state sex abuse

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BUSINESS DAILY

Italy determined to stick to budget plan despite EU warnings

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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. Six months later, a UN peacekeeping mission began deploying in northern Mali, tasked with supervising a fragile peace and a troubled return to democracy.

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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