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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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'No reports of resistance' as French enter Kidal

French troops have taken control of the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the last rebel stronghold in the north, the French army and a local official told Reuters.

Haminy Belco Maiga, president of the regional assembly of Kidal, said troops arrived last night:

They arrived late last night and they deployed in four planes and some helicopters.

Maiga said there were no immediate reports of resistance.

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