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French and Malian troops advance on Timbuktu

French-led forces in Mali are advancing on the key northern city of Timbuktu, as they press on with their offensive against Islamist rebels.

On Saturday Malian and French forces seized Gao, another key northern city.

The advance comes as African Union leaders are meeting to discuss sending more troops to Mali.

Peter Biles reports.

  • 27 Jan 2013
  • From the section Africa
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