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Deaths in Timbuktu come on same day armed men open fire on peacekeepers in Douentza
Assault on Gao military facility aimed at derailing UN-sponsored peace drive
Ahmad Al Mahdi first suspected war criminal to admit guilt before International Criminal Court
Six months on from the French-led liberation, the people of the Malian town are still reeling from the assault on their ancient heritage and way of life
Polls risk compounding rather than ending instability
Europeans have caught the bug just as the US has shaken it off – but they lack the means