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Thousands Flee Fighting in Northern Mali

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports nearly 30,000 people have fled intensified fighting in northern Mali over the past two weeks.  The agency says the displaced are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.   Sporadic fighting is a way of life in Mali’s turbulent northern region; but, the United Nations is alarmed at the recent increase in violence in small villages surrounding the city of Timbuktu.   A spokesman for the...

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