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State of emergency declared in Mali

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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, women wearing veils as mandated by Islamist group Ansar Dine, walk along a street in Timbuktu, Mali. (AP Photo/File)

Bamako - Malian authorities on Friday declared a state of emergency throughout the country as the army launched a counter-offensive against Islamists who were pushing south.

The measure “takes effect immediately and over the entire national territory,” government minister Moussa Sinko Coulibaly told journalists. - Sapa-AFP


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