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Rebel clashes in Timbuktu prompts concern for ancient treasures

The seizure of Timbuktu by a fractious group of separatist and Islamist rebels in northern Mali has raised fears for the fate of the legendary city’s ancient manuscripts and architectural treasures. Timbuktu, a cradle of Islamic learning and a thriving trade centre in its 16th-century heyday, was overrun Sunday by…

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