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Medieval Sufi saints tombs destroyed by extremists in Timbuktu

Armed Islamists in Mali have bulldozed the tombs of three Sufi saints near Timbuktu. “They arrived aboard six or seven vehicles, heavily armed,” said Garba Maiga, a resident of Timbuktu, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its ancient shrines. “They flattened everything with a bulldozer and pulled up

Fighting in Mali threatens Timbuktu World Heritage Site

Recent fighting in Mali is putting the ancient city of Timbuktu and its Islamic libraries at major risk. "They are essential to the preservation of the identity of the people of Mali and of our universal heritage," Unesco head Irina Bokova said, calling on all parties to fulfil international obligations to

Africa’s oldest ceramic

Archaeologists in eastern Mali have discovered what they claim is Africa's oldest ceramic, dating back to 9,400BC. "It's a tiny, ornate fragment that was made with great skill and the use of fire," said ethno-archaeologist Anne Mayor in Bamako, the Malian capital. Mayor is part of an eight-person Swiss team in the