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Paris exhibit gives glimpse of androgynous Dogon art

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - With its full beard and elongated breasts, worn smooth by the hands of thousands of women praying for fertility, an androgynous wooden statue is the centerpiece of a new Paris show of native West African art. Full story

Mali's president names country's first woman PM

Mali's president, Amadou Toumani Toure, has appointed Cisse Mariam Kaidama as prime minister to replace Modibo Sidibe, who resigned last week, an official statement said. Full story

Four arrested in "Air Cocaine" investigation

Authorities in Mali have arrested four people after an aircraft loaded with 10 tonnes of cocaine crashed in the country in 2009, a source close to the probe said Thursday. Full story

Ivory Coast's crisis creates embassy quandary

Most of the world believes Laurent Gbagbo lost Ivory Coast's presidential election months ago, but his large portrait still hangs in the Ivorian Embassy here. And his ambassador still reports for duty, even if he's becoming a diplomatic pariah. Full story

Rebels reinforce key Libyan oil port in east

Rebels reinforced a key oil port Thursday while facing new regime airstrikes in eastern Libya, and thousands of angry mourners buried victims of a counteroffensive by Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Full story

Rebel council says African states helping Gaddafi

The rebel National Libyan Council said on Wednesday it believed Niger, Mali and Kenya were sending troops to support Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as he battles an uprising against his rule. Full story

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A resident walks down the steps of the Great Mosque of Djenne, the largest mud-brick structure in the world, in Djenne, Mal.

A resident walks down the steps of the Great Mosque of Djenne, the largest mud-brick structure in the world, in Djenne, Mali, Nov. 22, 2010. As a World Heritage site, Djenne, Mali, must preserve its mud-brick buildings from the Great Mosque, to individual homes.

Farmer in Mali
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The looming problem, experts noted, is that Mali remains an agrarian society. Kicking farmers off the land with no alternative livelihood risks flooding the capital, Bamako, with unemployed, rootless people who could become a political problem.

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