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French, Malians oust Islamists from town

DIABALY, Mali — French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through Diabaly Monday, winning praise from residents of the besieged town after Malian forces retook it with French help a week after radical Islamists invaded.

The Islamists also have deserted Douentza, which they had held since September, said a local official, who added that French and Malian forces arrived there on Monday, as well.

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