13 French troops killed in Mali



Thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali when two helicopters collided while fighting insurgents in the country’s restive north, officials said on Tuesday, the heaviest single loss for the French military in nearly four decades.
The accident occurred late on Monday while the helicopters were reinforcing ground troops pursuing the insurgents in the Liptako region, near the borders of Burkina Faso and Niger, the armed forces ministry said.— AFP