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French forces launch airstrikes in northern Mali

Mali

French forces launch strikes on militants

French troops launched airstrikes on Islamic militant training camps and arms depots around Kidal and Tessalit in Mali's far north, defense officials said Sunday, as the first supply convoy of food, fuel and parts to eastern Mali headed across the country. French planes pounded extremist training camps as well as arms and fuel depots from Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday, according to French army Col. Thierry Burkhard. The French intervened in Mali on Jan. 11 to stem the advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters.

YUCAIPA, Calif.

Passengers die as tour bus overturns

A tour bus overturned Sunday on a rural desert highway in Southern California, killing multiple people, a fire department spokesman said. San Bernardino County fire spokesman Eric Sherwin said the bus overturned about 6:30 p.m. near the town of Forest Falls, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Sherwin said 27 patients were treated at the scene, but it wasn't clear how many were killed. He said the injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening. Sherwin did not know where the bus was headed or coming from. TV cameras showed the bus lying on its side.

Elsewhere

Los Angeles: Roman Catholic parishioners in the Los Angeles area heard a letter from Archbishop Jose Gomez on Sunday in which he described newly released files on clergy sex abuse as "terribly sad and evil."

Mexico: The state-owned oil company said Sunday it had found two more bodies at a building damaged by a still-unexplained blast. The find raised the toll to 35 people.

Times wires

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