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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.

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UK Govt continues to give support to France in Mali

Britain is giving strong logistical support in Mali, where France is leading international efforts to repel Islamic rebels, Europe Minister David Lidington has said.

Europe Minister David Lidington. Credit: Press Association

"We have given the logistical support which our French partners have asked for," he told reporters on arrival at a meeting of foreign affairs ministers in Brussels.

"The UK government continues to give its very strong support to the French-led intervention," he said.

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