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France To Send More Troops To Mali To Combat Islamist Militants

As France wages war on the Islamists in Africa, French authorities are girding for possible terror attacks back home. But the French show no sign of wavering in their support for the Mali operation.
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Turkey Promises Peace Talks With Kurdish Militants, Despite Paris Killings

For years Turkish leaders vowed they would never negotiate with "terrorists" — their term for the militant PKK separatists who have been battling security forces for decades. So many Turks were startled to learn that the head of the intelligence service had been holding disarmament talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. Faced with uncertainty in Kurdish northern Iraq and rising Kurdish strength in parts of Syria, Ankara seems motivated to respond to some of the demands from its own Kurdish population. And many Turks, weary of the violence that has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives, are rallying behind the effort. But the government's previous Kurdish initiative was sabotaged by violence and a nationalist backlash, and analysts hope Turkey's leaders have learned some lessons from that failure.
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French Troops, Air Power Could Attract More Foreign Fighters To Mali

Those who have been fighting al-Qaida for a decade have learned never to underestimate the group's affiliates. The groups may start out with local agendas, but they eventually morph into jihadists with global ambitions. The U.S. learned that lesson on Christmas Day four years ago when al-Qaida's arm in Yemen put a suicide bomber on a plane bound for Detroit. Now al-Qaida has affiliates in Mali and the U.S. is watching closely. So far, Al-Qaida's arm there has focused on fighting government troops, but that could change.
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More Than 80 Killed In Blasts At Syrian University

The blasts occurred inside a university campus in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. The government and opposition blamed each other for the explosions that wounded more than 150.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The hostage crisis in Algeria. French forces clash with rebels in Mali. And Pakistan's Supreme Court orders the arrest of its prime minister. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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What's At Stake In Hotspots Across The Globe

In Mali, the French continue air strikes to stop the advance of armed Islamist rebels in the north. In Syria, the death toll continues to rise, and in Afghanistan, questions remain about the ongoing transition of power. In all three regions, opportunities for current or future U.S. involvement is uncertain.

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