Mali military campaign intensifies
17 January 2013 Last updated at 23:15 GMT
France has increased its troop strength in Mali to 1,400 to help fight militant Islamists in the north, the French defence minister has said.
Meanwhile, close to 200 Nigerian troops are also due to arrive in Mali to join the military campaign.
In Brussels, the EU foreign ministers agreed to press ahead with sending a team to train the weak Malian army.
Will Ross reports.