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Malian jihadist begs forgiveness for Timbuktu attacks

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi pleads guilty to destroying centuries old sites in Timbuktu

epa05506541 Suspected Islamist militant Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi appears at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, 22 August 2016, at the start of his trial on charges of involvement in the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu. Prosecutors allege that Al Mahdi was a member of an al Qaida-linked occupying force that destroyed most of Timbuktu's World Heritage-listed mausoleums in 2012. EPA/PATRICK POST / POOL

Malian jihadist accused of war crimes for Timbuktu attack

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi is the first person to face a war crimes charge for an attack on a cultural monument

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows a still from a video of Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu. The trial of a Malian jihadist charged with war crimes for ordering the 2012 destruction of 14 mausoleums of Muslim saints resumes in March 2016 at the International Criminal Court (ICC). / AFP / STR

Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Timbuktu founded in the 11th century was one of the great centers of Islamic learning in the world a center of civilization at a time when Europe was in the dark ages

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

6 UN peacekeepers among 9 troops killed in Mali attacks

Feb 13, 2016 - 10:32 AM

The latest attacks highlight the vulnerability of Mali s sprawling arid north where UN troops and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who seized vast swathes of territory in 2012

PEACEKEEPERS IN MALI. UN peacekeepers stand guard near the airport on February 4, 2016 in Timbuktu, central Mali. File photo by Sébastien Rieussec/AFP

Al-Qaeda claims attack on UN military camp in Timbuktu

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The attack comes 3 months after a similar strike on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and one month after a raid on a top hotel in Burkina Faso

UN asks ICC to investigate destruction of Mali mausoleums

Jul 19, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Under the 1954 Hague Convention the destruction of the World Heritage monuments is a war crime

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

Kristen Stewart makes history, 'Timbuktu' wins big at France's Cesars

Feb 21, 2015 - 11:57 PM

Kristen was the first American actress to win a Cesar the French equivalent of the Oscars

Cannes race heads for photo finish for Palme d'Or

May 24, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Unlike previous races no obvious winner emerged during the 12 day event in this French Riviera resort

RED CARPET. Guests arrive for the screening of the film 'Leviathan' at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 23, 2014. Photo by Bertrand Langlois/AFP

French enter last main Islamist-held town in northern Mali

Jan 30, 2013 - 8:46 PM

French troops on Wednesday January 30 entered Kidal the last Islamist bastion in Mali s north to be recaptured in a whirlwind Paris led offensive amid reports the radicals have regrouped in remote hills near Algeria

Hero's welcome as French-led troops enter Timbuktu

Jan 29, 2013 - 8:58 AM

Residents of the ancient city on the edge of the Sahara desert erupted in joy as the French led troops entered the town jubilantly waving French and Malian flags after months of suffering under the Islamists brutal rule

LIBERATED. Residents celebrate after Malian soldiers entered the historic city of Timbuktu, occupied for 10 months by Islamists who imposed a harsh form of sharia, on January 28, 2013. AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG

Timbuktu shrine destruction 'totally unjustified': UN

Jul 02, 2012 - 10:41 AM

United Nations chief Ban Ki moon has deplored the destruction of tombs in the fabled Malian city of Timbuktu as totally unjustified his spokesman said Sunday July 1

A file picture taken on May 2, 2010 shows the Islamic center and a mosque in Timbuktu. Al-Qaeda linked Islamists in northern Mali went on the rampage in Timbuktu Saturday, June 30, destroying ancient tombs of Muslim saints just after UNESCO listed the fabled city as an endangered world heritage site. AFP PHOTO / HABIB KOUYATE

Mali Islamists destroy Timbuktu shrines

Jul 01, 2012 - 11:09 AM

Islamist militants swinging pick axes and shouting God s praise destroyed ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali s fabled city of Timbuktu on Saturday June 30 sparking international condemnation

A file picture taken on May 2, 2010 shows the Islamic center and a mosque in Timbuktu. Al-Qaeda linked Islamists in northern Mali went on the rampage in Timbuktu Saturday, June 30, destroying ancient tombs of Muslim saints just after UNESCO listed the fabled city as an endangered world heritage site. AFP PHOTO / HABIB KOUYATE