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Mali new leader sworn in, threatens rebels with ‘total war’

By Stephane Barbier / AFP BAMAKO: Mali’s new leader threatened to wage total war on Tuareg rebels and Islamists controlling the north of the country as he took the oath of office Thursday, ending a brief period of military rule. Dioncounda Traore, the former legislative speaker, was sworn into office in the capital Bamako at ceremony …

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Mali’s Tuareg to fight on as world condemns military coup

By Serge Daniel / AFP BAMAKO: Mali’s Tuareg rebels vowed to press on with a campaign to seize the north as putschists faced a global backlash Friday with Europe suspending aid and African security chiefs calling an emergency meeting. The website of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) said it “will continue the …

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