April 26, 2013 Also: Rescuing precious manuscripts in Timbuktu; the birth of the Midwestern noir novel; and a campaign against explicit passages in The Diary of Anne Frank.
February 2, 2013 Francois Hollande visits the northern city of Timbuktu six days after French and Malian troops liberate it; he says France is prepared to hand over command of the battle against Islamists in Mali to an African-led military force.
January 28, 2013 It's feared that thousands of ancient manuscripts may have been destroyed in the fire. The oldest is said to date to 1204. Meanwhile, French and Malian forces are securing the ancient city and searching for the Islamist extremists.