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Timbuktu News

Mali asks for rapid response team from UN to fight jihadists

Bamako - Mali has requested that the UN send more troops, specifically a rapid intervention force, to fight Islamist militants after recent attacks on UN peacekeepers in the north of the country.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claim responsibility for attack

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib today claimed responsibility for a coordinated attack in the city of Timbuktu. The group released it's statement of responsibility on the Al-Sharq website.

350 British troops to be sent to Mali

French troops entered the African country of Mali on January 12. Within days the UK announced that it would be sending two planes to assist French forces. They would only offer logistical support and there would be no 'boots on the ground'.

Islamic fanatics vow to destroy remaining mausoleums in Timbuktu

Islamic fanatics controlling northern Mali have once again taken pickaxes to ancient monuments, as they vow to destroy all the remaining mausoleums in the fabled city of Timbuktu.

Woman sentenced to 100 lashes for giving water to male visitor

Islamic extremists, in control of northern Mali, are becoming increasingly more brutal in their treatment of the local population. Women are being targeted. This week a Malian woman was sentenced to receive 100 lashes for giving water to a male visitor.

Destruction of Timbuktu shrines a war crime says ICC prosecutor

Islamic extremists have now wrecked seven historic shrines in the ancient trading town of Timbuktu. The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor has now warned the Salafists to stop their destruction, calling it a war crime.

Mali Islamists destroy shrines in Timbuktu

Islamic extremists from the Ansar Dine group which has taken over northern Mali and imposed sharia law, are destroying ancient monuments in Timbuktu.

Islamists impose sharia law in Mali

Residents of towns in northern Mali are attempting to flee as Islamists from the militant group Ansar al-Din impose strict sharia law. The group has demanded women wear veils and not appear in public with men.

Timbuktu surrounded by rebel Tuaregs

The nomadic Tuaregs of northern Mali have joined forces with Islamic extremists to seize control of the north of the country, and now surround the legendary town of Timbuktu.

Daredevil Voyage from London to Timbuktu

A British adventurer is due to set off this week from London to Timbuktu in a “flying car”. The SkyCar is a modified rally car which can take to the air with the help of a parachute.

Libraries in the sand reveal Africa's academic past

Researchers in Timbuktu are fighting to preserve tens of thousands of ancient texts which they say prove Africa had a written history at least as old as the European Renaissance.
 

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