World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday June 9, 2015
Only the poor, old and sick have stuck around, holed up at home, trembling at the slightest noise, in the once-thriving Malian settlement of Bintagoungou, now little more than a ghost town.
World News | Associated Press | Saturday June 28, 2014
UNESCO is more than two-thirds short of the 11 million USD needed to fulfill its promise to help restore Timbuktu's storied mausoleums and other Malian cultural treasures destroyed by Islamic radicals two years ago, the UN cultural agency said yesterday.
Offbeat | Associated Press | Monday December 30, 2013
More than 100 receipts and invoices retrieved from a building occupied by al-Qaeda's North African branch in Timbuktu, Mali show an organization intent on documenting even the most minor expenses.
World News | Associated Press | Sunday December 29, 2013
The convoy of cars bearing the black al-Qaida flag came at high speed, and the manager of the modest grocery store thought he was about to get robbed.
Offbeat | Associated Press | Wednesday December 25, 2013
In more than 100 receipts left in a building occupied by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, Mali earlier this year, the extremists assiduously tracked their cash flow, recording purchases as small as a single light bulb.
World News | Reuters | Sunday August 11, 2013
Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was the favourite to win a presidential election on Sunday that Malians hope will restore stability in a country torn apart by last year's coup and Islamist insurgency.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday April 1, 2013
Malian troops swept Timbuktu for remaining Islamist fighters after a weekend battle that left seven dead and forced France to dispatch reinforcements and fighter jets to help Mali's army.
World News | Associated Press | Friday February 22, 2013
One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand.
World News | Associated Press | Friday February 15, 2013
In their hurry to flee last month, al-Qaeda fighters left behind a crucial document: Tucked under a pile of papers and trash is a confidential letter, spelling out the terror network's strategy for conquering northern Mali and reflecting internal discord over how to rule the region.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday February 14, 2013
A document left behind in the bombed remains of an Al-Qaeda training headquarters in the Malian city of Timbuktu gives a rare insight into the organisation's thinking, a British newspaper reported on Thursday.
World News | Associated Press | Friday February 8, 2013
French troops began to withdraw from Timbuktu Thursday after securing the fabled city as they ramped up their mission in another northern Mali city, searching for Islamic extremists who may be mixing among the local population.
World News | Associated Press | Wednesday February 6, 2013
The love story in this fabled desert outpost began over the phone, when he dialed the wrong number. It nearly ended with the couple's death at the hands of Islamic extremists who considered their romance "haram" - forbidden.
World News | Associated Press | Monday February 4, 2013
French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight on Monday, as a military spokeswoman said that French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.
World News | Associated Press | Saturday February 2, 2013
Three suspected jihadists arrested in the days since the liberation of Timbuktu said Friday that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a method similar to waterboarding.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Friday February 1, 2013
President Francois Hollande prepared to visit Mali as French-led troops worked on Friday to secure the last Islamist stronghold in the north after a lightning offensive against the extremists.
World News | Reuters | Wednesday January 30, 2013
The vast majority of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts in state and private collections appear to be unharmed after the Malian Saharan city's 10-month occupation by Islamist rebel fighters, who burnt some of the scripts, experts said on Wednesday.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday January 29, 2013
French-led forces on Monday seized Mali's fabled desert city of Timbuktu in a lightning advance north as fleeing Islamists torched a building housing priceless ancient manuscripts.
World News | Reuters | Monday January 28, 2013
French and Malian troops on Monday sealed off Timbuktu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after fleeing Islamist rebel fighters torched several buildings in the ancient Saharan trading town, including a priceless manuscript library.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Monday January 28, 2013
French-led troops in Mali on Monday controlled access to the city of Timbuktu after securing the airport of the fabled desert city as part of their push against Islamists, military officials in Paris and Bamako told AFP.
World News | Associated Press | Wednesday January 23, 2013
Mali's army chief on Tuesday said his French-backed forces could reclaim the northern towns of Gao and fabled Timbuktu from Islamists in a month, as more offers of aid poured in for the offensive.
World News | Associated Press | Thursday November 29, 2012
Timbuktu residents say that Islamist extremists controlling the city publicly whipped 6 young people, males and females aged between 16 to 22 years, who each received 100 lashes for having talked with each other on the city streets.
World News | Associated Press | Tuesday October 16, 2012
A teenaged girl received 60 lashes in Timbuktu after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Wednesday April 25, 2012
Special forces from Burkina Faso have swept into rebel-held northern Mali aboard a helicopter and whisked a Swiss hostage to safety in a pre-arranged handover by Islamist rebels. Beatrice Stockly, her face clear of the black turban the rebels had her wear, appeared tired but in high spirits on the helicopter flying her to Ouagadougou after the reb...
World News | Associated Press | Sunday April 1, 2012
Booms from rocket launchers and automatic gunfire crackled on Sunday around Mali's fabled town of Timbuktu, known as an ancient seat of Islamic learning, for its 700-year-old mud mosque and, more recently, as host of the musical Festival in the Desert that attracted Bono in January.