URGENT ¥¥¥ British foreign minister arrives in Mali

British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in Mali on Monday to meet French-backed African troops fighting Islamist militants for control of the west African country, his ministry said.

"My visit, the first by a British foreign secretary, underlines the UK's strong commitment to work with international partners to support Mali and countries in the region on countering terrorism and restoring security," Hague said.