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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mali army pushes farthest east toward city of Gao

Malian women sift wheat in a field near Segou, central Mali. French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through on Monday, winning praise from residents of this besieged town after Malian forces retook control of it with French help a week after radical Islamists invaded.