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French troops advance towards Mali's north

A Malian soldier walks past French military vehicles on January 20, 2013 in the city of Niono, about 350 kms (220 miles) northeast of Bamako. French troops on Sunday advanced towards Mali's Islamist-held north as Russia and Canada offered to help transporFrench troops on Sunday advanced towards Mali's Islamist-held north as Russia and Canada offered to help transport French and African soldiers to boost the Paris-led offensive.