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    France Intervenes in Mali

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    French troops are providing the Malian government with backup in its fight against Islamist rebels, President François Hollande confirmed Friday. Since April, rebel militants have had control over the northern part of the country. According to a Defense Ministry official, the Malian Army seized the central city of Konna from rebel control on Friday. The Obama administration released a statement saying they are monitoring the situation and support France’s intervention.

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