Britain backs French military intervention in Mali

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Britain supports France's decision to give military support to the government in Mali to stem an advance by Islamist rebels:

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UK supports French decision to provide assistance to Government of #Mali in the face of rebel advance

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French president in Mali visit

There was a hero's welcome for France's President Hollande when he arrived in Timbuktu. He was visiting the desert city in Mali, after its recapture from Islamic extremists.