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Malians flock to vote in bid to rebuild broken nation

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Ballot counting began in Mali after voters turned out in large numbers on Sunday for a presidential election they hope will provide a fresh start for the West African nation after more than a year of turmoil, war and an army coup.Full story

Election offers new start for Mali, but no magic wand

BAMAKO (Reuters) - When Mali imploded last year - its president ousted by mutinous soldiers and its north seized by separatist and Islamist rebels - many called for an overhaul of the West African state's flawed democracy, once held up as a model of stability. Full story

Leaks, unofficial news leave world guessing at US plans for Syria

  Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC News foreign correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about the complicated dynamics of the Syrian civil war and why any military involvement by the U.S. should be very carefully considered given the opportunity for costly disaster.

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  Timbuktu comes back to life

The legendary Timbuktu has come back to life after the French drove Islamist extremists out. Many priceless manuscripts were  saved from being destroyed— some hidden or smuggled to safety. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports.

  Timbuktu freed; Malians cheer French

Three weeks after French troops began their assault on northern Mali, Timbuktu is no longer controlled by an extremist group linked to al-Qaida. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports.

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  French president cheered in Timbuktu

President Francois Hollande went on a sort of victory tour through Timbuktu, in Mali, recently held by extremists connected with al-Qaida. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports from Mali.

  Justice under Mali’s jihadists

International Editor Lindsey Hilsum hears the brutal and distressing testimony of those who lived through the rule of Al Qaeda in the Maghreb in Gao. After liberating the cities of Gao and Timbuktu, French forces have now taken control of the airport of Kidal, the last remaining northern urban stron

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Poll workers count ballots as men listen to the results after the end of voting in Mali's presidential elections in Timbuktu
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