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African Forces Will Be Left To Hang On To French Gains In Mali

The first phase of the French-led military intervention in the West African nation of Mali — to drive out Islamist fighters — appears to be over. Experts warn that most of the African force is not combat-ready for the desert, and is nowhere near prepared to take over from the French.
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'New York Times' Accuses China Of Being Behind Hacking

Chinese computer hackers have been infiltrating the computer systems of The New York Times for the last four months, according to the paper. Renee Montagne talks to Nicole Perlroth, a Times reporter who covers cyber security.
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Former Salafi Sings About His Identity Crisis

Former Salafi, turned rapper, Omar Kamal left the Salafi fold during Egypt's revolution. He says that when Salafis came out of the dark they showed their hypocrisy. To the rhythm of beat boxing, he uses his lyrics to chronicle his own identity crisis — a crisis that reflects Egypt's struggle to find itself.
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From Timbuktu, Reports That Manuscripts Have Been Saved

It now appears that most ancient manuscripts at a library in Mali survived an attempt by Islamic radicals to destroy them. Local residents apparently removed them earlier, according to reports from Timbuktu.
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Israel Bombs Military Target Outside Damascus, Syria Says

The Syrians say two workers have been killed and five injured at a military facility. The attack is likely to escalate concerns in the volatile region.
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Israeli Election Rekindles Debate Over Military Service

Military service is compulsory for most Israelis, but the exemption for ultra-Orthodox Jews is a highly charged issue. The national debate may soon come to a head as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to form a government with parties on both sides of the issue.

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