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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Aid groups warn they can't reach key Mali town

French soldiers conduct operations in the bush near Niono, in central Mali, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Fighting raged in one Mali town, airstrikes hit another and army troops raced to protect a third, on Thursday, the seventh day of the French-led military intervention to wrest back Mali's north from al Qaida-linked groups.