Mali rebels declare independent 'Azawad'




 
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Mali rebels declare independent 'Azawad'
 
April 6th, 2012  
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Mali rebels declare independent 'Azawad'
BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's desert Tuaregs proclaimed independence for what they call the state of Azawad on Friday, a secession bid immediately rejected by the African Union, neighboring Algeria and the former colonial power France. The nomadic people has nurtured the dream of a Saharan homeland since Mali's independence in 1960 and has come closer than ever to attaining it by seizing key northern towns this week while the capital Bamako was distracted by a coup. ...




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