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As French Claim Gains In Mali, Islamists Vow To Strike Back

Looking to rout Islamist militants who might try to make Mali a base for terrorist operations elsewhere, French forces have been mounting air and ground attacks. The militants pushed back on Monday and said they would take the fight to French soil.

6 Months Of Combat, And No Victor In Syria's Biggest City

The northern city of Aleppo is split along a front line that's been stagnant recently. The rebels believe they will eventually take the city, but there's no end in sight.

Thousands In France Protest Gay Marriage

Opponents of the French government's plans to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption took to the streets of Paris Sunday. With an estimated 350,000 marchers, the demonstration was considered one of the largest in years. The French government took note, but says it will go ahead with its plans for the law anyway.

Beijing's 'Airpocalypse' Spurs Pollution Controls, Public Pressure

The air in China's capital has been classified as hazardous to human health for a fifth consecutive day, and is expected to continue. Environmentalists say it's the worst pollution since monitoring began last year.

U.S. Provided 'Technical Assistance' In Botched French Raid, Obama Says

A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.

France Claims Gains In Airstrikes Against Mali Islamists

"Stopping the terrorists, that's done," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview Sunday. He also said the three-day-old intervention in Mali was getting support from the U.S. and other countries.