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French-led troops surround Timbuktu

BURNING DESIRE:Timbuktu’s mayor said yesterday that Islamist fighters had set fire to a South African-funded library containing thousands of priceless manuscripts

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The largest town yet to be recaptured is Kidal further north near the Algerian border which was the first to be seized by an alliance of Tuareg rebels and Islamic extremists last year.

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