In the West African nation of Mali, French-led forces are close to taking back the ancient city of Timbuktu from al-Qaida-linked extremists. Renee Montagne talks to Al Jazeera correspondent Jacky Rowland, who is embedded with French soldiers.
After the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea, the country's new leader called for all out action against America. Renee Montagne talks to Georgetown professor Victor Cha about North Korea's latest possible threat.
The ultra-conservative Muslims, whose influence has grown since the Arab Spring, aspire to a society ruled entirely by Islamic law. But to their critics, the Salafis are religious fanatics who are trying to drag the region back to 7th-century Arabia.
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