URGENT ¥¥¥ 13 Chadian troops, 65 Islamist rebels killed in Mali clashes

Thirteen Chadian and 65 Islamists rebels were killed in a fierce battle in the mountainous Ifoghas region of northern Mali, Chad's military command announced Friday.

"The Chadian army destroyed five vehicles and killed 65 jihadists," it said in a statement, adding that 13 of its soldiers had been killed and another five wounded.