Mali Rebels Surround Timbuktu

    People supporting the recent military coup cheer as the convoy of coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo leaves the airport in Bamako, Mali Thursday, March 29, 2012. Negotiations between Mali's military junta and four West African presidents seeking to restore the country's elected government will take place in Ivory Coast, after the plane carrying the heads of state to Mali turned around because demonstrators were on the airport tarmac, an adviser to Ivory Coast's president said Thursday.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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    Tuareg rebels in Mali said Sunday that they have surrounded the ancient city of Timbuktu, the last major government holdout in the north. This after fighters—who want a homeland for the nomadic Tuareg people—made a rapid advance in that part of the country, taking advantage of the chaos surrounding last week’s coup in the faraway capital of Bamako. Demoralized troops appear to be fleeing the city.

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