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Officials in northern Mali say a suicide bomber attacked an army barricade Saturday in Timbuktu, wounding one soldier.Earlier Saturday, a Malian armed forces vehicle drove over a land mine east of Timbuktu, killing two soldiers.Mali has been the target of a series of attacks claimed by Islamist insurgents since France launched a military intervention against al-Qaida-linked groups that had seized northern Mali. France began its operation in Mali in January.

French President Francois Hollande has said France plans to begin pulling its troops out of northern Mali in April.

Analysts warn a French withdrawal could leave northern Mali vulnerable to a renewed militant takeover. The Malian army was not able to fight the militants on its own. However, a multi-nation African force being assembled needs more training and equipment to protect Malian towns.

Source:http://www.voanews.com

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been showing signs of improvement and has given family the thumbs-up, while police have charged two men with assaulting the batsman.

Jesse Ryder responding to family and doctors but remains in intensive care after assault as two men are arrested

Improving: Jesse Ryder is showing signs of improvement but is stil in intensive care after being attacked.

Ryder was attacked by a group of men as he left a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch early on Thursday morning, and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition where he was placed in an induced coma.

His manager Aaron Klee said Ryder has been responding to family and had given the thumbs-up to medical staff.

Ryder remains in an intensive care unit in a stable condition and requires help with breathing because of an injury to his lung while the extent of his head injury has yet to be determined.

His mother Heather and his partner Ally thanked people around the world for sending messages of sympathy and police for arresting “people responsible for the heinous crime committed on our Jesse”.

“Jesse will be chuffed knowing how many people care and have reached out, including the huge number of cricket fans and players from around the world,” they said in a statement.

Source:http://www.telegraph.co.uk