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BBC NEWS | Africa (29 January 2013 Last Update at 03.18 GMT).: French-led troops secure hold on Timbuktu

29 January 2013 Last updated at 03:18 GMT French-led troops secure hold on Timbuktu Malian soldiers, some wearing French insignia, are searching Timbuktu Continue reading the main story Mali: Divided nation 'Shadow war' looms In pictures Sahara terror Relief in Diabaly French-led troops are consolidating their position in the historic Malian city of Timbuktu after seizing it from Islamist extremists. French military commanders say soldiers are patrolling the streets looking to flush out any remaining militants. Once Timbuktu is secured, troops are expected to focus on the last rebel stronghold, Kidal. Meanwhile, an international donors' conference is due to open in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The African Union, which has just ended a summit in the city, hopes the conference will raise fun