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Malian president offers Tuareg rebels talks

Malian soldiers heading to Gao in a pickup truck arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they moved to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern Mali from rebel hands. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)

Malian soldiers heading to Gao in a pickup truck arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist...more

Malian soldiers heading to Gao in a pickup truck arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they moved to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern Mali from rebel hands. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)
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Malian soldiers heading to Gao arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they moved to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern Mali from rebel hands. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)

Malian soldiers heading to Gao arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they...more

Malian soldiers heading to Gao arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they moved to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern Mali from rebel hands. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)
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A Malian man smokes a cigarette in front of a shop with Malian and French flags hung outside in Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain hideaways. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Malian man smokes a cigarette in front of a shop with Malian and French flags hung outside in Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive...more

A Malian man smokes a cigarette in front of a shop with Malian and French flags hung outside in Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain hideaways. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Malian soldiers heading to Gao arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they moved to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern Mali from rebel hands. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)

Malian soldiers heading to Gao arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they...more

Malian soldiers heading to Gao arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. French troops took control on Wednesday of the airport of Mali's northeast town of Kidal, the last urban stronghold held by Islamist rebels, as they moved to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern Mali from rebel hands. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
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A destroyed vehicle used by Islamist rebels sits on a road between Diabaly and Timbuktu January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

A destroyed vehicle used by Islamist rebels sits on a road between Diabaly and Timbuktu January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)

A destroyed vehicle used by Islamist rebels sits on a road between Diabaly and Timbuktu January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (MALI - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
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Malian soldiers heading to Gao in a pickup truck arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers heading to Gao in a pickup truck arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers heading to Gao in a pickup truck arrive in the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Malian soldiers wave to their colleagues driving to Gao (not pictured) as they leave the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers wave to their colleagues driving to Gao (not pictured) as they leave the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Malian soldiers wave to their colleagues driving to Gao (not pictured) as they leave the recently liberated town of Douentza January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Malian soldier displays ammunition seized from Islamists rebels after their departure, in Timbuktu January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Rihouay

A Malian soldier displays ammunition seized from Islamists rebels after their departure, in Timbuktu January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Rihouay

A Malian soldier displays ammunition seized from Islamists rebels after their departure, in Timbuktu January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Rihouay
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Boys cross the street in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Boys cross the street in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Boys cross the street in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Women ride on a motorcycle in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Women ride on a motorcycle in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Women ride on a motorcycle in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A boy holds a homemade French flag in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A boy holds a homemade French flag in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A boy holds a homemade French flag in the recently liberated town of Douentza, Mali January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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French troops, aboard an armoured vehicle, guard the Timbuktu airport in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops, aboard an armoured vehicle, guard the Timbuktu airport in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops, aboard an armoured vehicle, guard the Timbuktu airport in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout
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French troops aboard a tank are greeted by the population as they arrive in Timbuktu in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops aboard a tank are greeted by the population as they arrive in Timbuktu in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout

French troops aboard a tank are greeted by the population as they arrive in Timbuktu in this January 28, 2013 picture provided by the French Military audiovisual service (ECPAD) January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Arnaud Roine/ECPAD/Handout
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Cows graze in a compound hit by French air strikes Douentza January 29 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cows graze in a compound hit by French air strikes Douentza January 29 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cows graze in a compound hit by French air strikes Douentza January 29 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Douentza residents Hamidou Dicko (L) and Ousmane Togo survey the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Douentza residents Hamidou Dicko (L) and Ousmane Togo survey the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Douentza residents Hamidou Dicko (L) and Ousmane Togo survey the remains of a hotel in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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The remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes are seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes are seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The remains of a hotel hit by French air strikes are seen in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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An armored vehicle hit by French air strikes lies in the sand in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

An armored vehicle hit by French air strikes lies in the sand in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney

An armored vehicle hit by French air strikes lies in the sand in Douentza January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Malian soldier talks with civilians in central Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain hideaways. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A Malian soldier talks with civilians in central Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain...more

A Malian soldier talks with civilians in central Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain hideaways. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Men sit outside a shop as Malian and French flags decorate a street in Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain hideaways. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Men sit outside a shop as Malian and French flags decorate a street in Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former...more

Men sit outside a shop as Malian and French flags decorate a street in Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain hideaways. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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