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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Mali's president rules out al-Qaeda linked rebels talks

Mali's president Dioncounda Traore has ruled out talks with Islamist groups

Speaking to French radio station RFI, he said he would not meet any of the three al-Qaeda-linked groups that seized northern Mali last year.

Mali's president Dioncounda Traore Credit: Reuters

But Mr Traore said he was ready for talks with the secular Tuaregs of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad providing it "waives all territorial claims".

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