Timbuktu: Back From the Brink

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Picking Them Apart

In addition to the fabled mosques, the shrines of local saints are among the protected sites in Timbuktu. However, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters destroying the area are using pick-axes, shovels and hammers to destroy the tombs and shrines and say the destruction is helping to defend their faith against idol worship. (Photo: STR/AFP/GettyImages)

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