Foreign Secretary William Hague said the death of Mokhtar Belmokhtar would be a “blow to terrorism” but was unable to confirm reports that the al Qaeda commander had been killed in the north of Mali.
He told BBC's Andrew Marr: "It doesn't mean the problems of Mali would be at an end, there's a lot to do to promote a political process in Mali, elections, legitimate government and so on."
More top news
Private schools have offered to create 10,000 free places for poorer students but only if the government helps fund them.
The mother of a missing RAF serviceman has hired a private investigator to help search for her son after raising thousands of pounds.
Dozens of potential suspects have been identified in connection with historical child sexual abuse allegations in football, police say.