Timbuktu http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28079/all en Mali's displaced hopeful of return home as rebels melt away http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/malis-displaced-hopeful-return-home-rebels-melt-away <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Richard Valdmanis</p> <p>SEVARE, Mali, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Refugees crowded excitedly around crackling radios at a camp in the central Mali town of Sevare on Saturday evening as French and Malian forces seized the Islamist rebel bastion of Gao.</p> <p>"I want very badly to go back home," said 19-year-old Amadou Maiga, who left Gao three months ago after rebels controlling it burned his school - declaring it a violation of Islam - and recruited his classmates as cooks and child soldiers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/malis-displaced-hopeful-return-home-rebels-melt-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Technology Timbuktu War Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:45:44 +0000 5740013 at http://www.globalpost.com French, Malians reach Timbuktu in rebel-held north-source http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/french-malians-reach-timbuktu-rebel-held-north-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BAMAKO/SEVARE, Mali, Jan 27 (Reuters) - French and Malian troops advancing against Islamist rebels in northern Mali have reached Timbuktu, the fabled Saharan trading town occupied last year by al Qaeda-allied fighters, a Malian military source said on Sunday.</p> <p>"They've gone past Niafounke and since yesterday evening are at the gates of Timbuktu," the source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters in Bamako. The French and Malians had not so far encountered any resistance from the rebels at Timbuktu.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/french-malians-reach-timbuktu-rebel-held-north-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Timbuktu War Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:30:32 +0000 5740063 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Timbuktu, ancient trading town caught up in Mali's war http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/factbox-timbuktu-heritage-town-caught-mali-conflict <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jan 28 (Reuters) - The Malian town of Timbuktu, recaptured from Islamist rebels by French and Malian troops, is an ancient centre of Islamic culture that grew rich in the 14th and 15th centuries as a trading post for gold and salt crossing the Sahara.</p> <p>Here are some facts about the town:</p> <p>* Timbuktu has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Founded in 1100 by Tuareg nomads, it was once the richest town in the ancient empire of Mali, whose wealth came from the trans-Saharan caravan trade.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/factbox-timbuktu-heritage-town-caught-mali-conflict" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mali Empire Religion Songhai Empire Timbuktu War Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:15:12 +0000 5740159 at http://www.globalpost.com Islamist rebels torch Timbuktu manscript library-mayor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DAKAR, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Islamist fighters fleeing Mali's ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu as French and Malian troops closed in set fire to a South African-funded library there containing thousands of priceless manuscripts, the city's mayor said on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/blank-headline-received-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography of Africa Massina Empire Timbuktu Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:00:15 +0000 5740401 at http://www.globalpost.com Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts safe, unharmed -experts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/blank-headline-received-3 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DAKAR, Jan 30 (Reuters) - The vast majority of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts in state and private collections appear to be unharmed after the city's 10-month occupation by Islamist rebel fighters, who did burn some of the scripts, experts said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"I can say that the vast majority of the collections appear from our reports not to have been destroyed, damaged or harmed in any way," Cape Town University's Professor Shamil Jeppie, an expert on the Saharan city's manuscripts, told Reuters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/blank-headline-received-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Software Timbuktu Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:00:23 +0000 5741423 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts survived occupation unharmed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-bulk-timbuktu-manuscripts-safe-unharmed-experts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Experts deny media reports of widespread destruction</p> <p>* Malian scholar says 95 percent of texts "safe and sound"</p> <p>* Librarians, citizens hid manuscripts away for safety (Recasts, adds details, quotes, comment from Tombouctou Manuscripts Project Website)</p> <p>By Pascal Fletcher</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/update-1-bulk-timbuktu-manuscripts-safe-unharmed-experts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Entertainment Massina Empire Technology Timbuktu War Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:30:51 +0000 5741449 at http://www.globalpost.com French president to visit Mali Saturday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/french-president-visit-mali-saturday <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Francois Hollande will visit Mali on Saturday to express his support for French troops fighting in the former colony and to push for their speedy replacement by African forces.</p> <p>"I am going to Mali to express to our soldiers all our support, encouragement and pride," Hollande said Friday after the announcement of his visit.</p> <p>"I'm also going to ensure that African forces come and join us as quickly as possible and to tell them we need them for this international force."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/french-president-visit-mali-saturday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Technology Timbuktu AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:15:40 +0000 5743204 at http://www.globalpost.com Paris offers to help restore precious Timbuktu documents http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/paris-offers-help-restore-precious-timbuktu-documents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France's national library said Friday it was prepared to lead an international effort to save centuries-old manuscripts feared destroyed or damaged by Islamists as they were chased out of the northern Malian city of Timbuktu.</p> <p>The Bibliotheque Nationale "stands ready to come to the aid of the Ahmed Baba Institute, seriously affected by recent events, in agreement with Malian and French authorities, when the situation allows", the library said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/paris-offers-help-restore-precious-timbuktu-documents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Massina Empire Technology Timbuktu AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:45:21 +0000 5743538 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters World News Highlights 2200 GMT, Feb 1 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/reuters-world-news-highlights-2200-gmt-feb-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ANKARA - A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p>BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, Mali - Human rights groups said on Friday a French-led offensive against Islamists in Mali had led to civilian deaths in airstrikes and ethnic reprisals by Malian troops, a day before President Francois Hollande was due to visit the country.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/reuters-world-news-highlights-2200-gmt-feb-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Timbuktu Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:15:55 +0000 5743645 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ France's Hollande arrives in Timbuktu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/urgent-frances-hollande-arrives-timbuktu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Francois Hollande arrived Saturday in the fabled desert city of Timbuktu in northern Mali, where a French-led military campaign has driven back Islamist radicals occupying the region.</p> <p>Hollande, who is pushing for African troops to take over the military operation, is due to visit troops and tour the 700-year-old mud mosque of Djingareyber and the Ahmed Baba library, where Islamists burned priceless ancient manuscripts before fleeing the French-led advance.</p> <p>ha-thm/jhb/yad</p> Francois Hollande François Hollande Timbuktu War AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 14:46:34 +0000 5743932 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202-4 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France's Hollande arrives in Timbuktu</p> <p>ha-thm/jhb/yad</p> Timbuktu AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 14:47:10 +0000 5743943 at http://www.globalpost.com Hollande visits Mali to push for African takeover http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/hollande-visits-mali-push-african-takeover <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Francois Hollande received a rapturous welcome Saturday as he visited Mali to push for African troops to take over a French-led offensive that drove back Islamist rebels from the country's desert north.</p> <p>The French leader's whirlwind tour came as troops worked to secure Kidal, the last bastion of radicals who seized control last year after a coup, raising fears that an area larger than France could become a safe haven for Al-Qaeda-linked fighters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/hollande-visits-mali-push-african-takeover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Francois Hollande Massina Empire Timbuktu War AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 14:47:25 +0000 5743949 at http://www.globalpost.com Hollande gets hero's welcome in a Mali fearful of future http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/hollande-gets-heros-welcome-mali-fearful-future <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Francois Hollande received a rapturous welcome in Mali on Saturday as he promised that France would stay as long as necessary to continue the fight against Islamist rebels in the country's north.</p> <p>As troops worked to secure Kidal, the last bastion of radicals who occupied the vast desert north for 10 months before the French army's surprise intervention, Hollande told Malians it was time for Africans to take the lead but that France would not abandon them.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/hollande-gets-heros-welcome-mali-fearful-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Francois Hollande François Hollande Timbuktu War AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 21:15:32 +0000 5744218 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203-13 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Number three Islamist leader of Timbuktu said arrested near Algeria border</p> <p>sd/jhb/gd</p> Timbuktu AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 20:30:36 +0000 5744773 at http://www.globalpost.com France working to 'quickly' withdraw Timbuktu forces: FM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/france-working-quickly-withdraw-timbuktu-forces-fm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France is working to "very quickly" withdraw its forces from Timbuktu, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, without making clear if the troops would be sent further into the north of Mali.</p> <p>"We want to be rapidly relieved by the AFISMA African forces in the cities that we hold," Fabius told France Inter radio.</p> <p>In Timbuktu a withdrawal "could take place very quickly, we are working on it," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/france-working-quickly-withdraw-timbuktu-forces-fm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Laurent Fabius Massina Empire Timbuktu AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:00:08 +0000 5745110 at http://www.globalpost.com