Thomson ReutersJanuary 27, 2013 09:30
By Richard Lough and Aaron Maasho
ADDIS ABABA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The outgoing head of the African Union, Benin's President Boni Yayi, on Sunday criticised Africa's slow response to the Islamist insurgency in Mali.
France responded to a call for military help from Mali as rebels advanced towards the capital Bamako more than two weeks ago, reversing gains made by the militants linked to al Qaeda. French and Malian troops reached Timbuktu on Saturday.