French President Francois Hollande has received a warm welcome in Mali. His visit comes three weeks after French troops entered the country. He has pledged his continued support.
Malian troops have repelled an attack on a military post in Timbuktu that has left five people dead. German President Joachim Gauck is due in the country next week.
German soldiers sent as EU specialists to train Malian troops are about to be visited by Germany's defense minister. Ursula von der Leyen has departed from Berlin for a two-day visit starting in Bamako.
After a visit to Timbuktu in Mali, the head of the UN's cultural organization has reported the destruction of ancient shrines by militant fighters to the International Criminal Court. Sixteen shrines were destroyed.
Malian President Boubacar Keita is on a state visit to France. On his itinerary is a Paris OECD conference on Mali's economic recovery and development. Peace in the north of Mali remains fragile.
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