Torch and go: Islamists burn down manuscript library in Timbuktu

Islamist rebels have burnt down a library full of ancient manuscripts in the Malian town of Timbuktu as they fled, according to officials. The South African-funded library contained thousands of priceless documents dating back to the 13th century.
"The rebels sit fire to the newly-constructed Ahmed Baba Institute built by the South Africans … this happened four days ago," Timbuktu Mayor Halle Ousmane Ciffe told Reuters by telephone from Bamako Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jack Powers - Jan 28, 2013 - 8:50 PM PST
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Jack Powers
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by Jack Powers - Jan. 28, 2013

Islamist rebels have burnt down a library full of ancient manuscripts in the Malian town of Timbuktu as they fled, according to officials. The South African-funded library ... More »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Jan. 29, 2013

“The manuscripts were a part not only of Mali’s heritage, but the world’s heritage. By destroying them they threaten the world. More »

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Lisa Swearingen
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by Lisa Swearingen - Jan. 31, 2013

I am a fan of Reuters. This piece demonstrates good attribution and clear writing skills.

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