Timbuktu: Back From the Brink

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Crossroads of Africa

Located in Northern Mali, the ancient city of Timbuktu was once the crossroads of both the African continent and the Muslim world in the 15th and 16th centuries as scholars and pilgrims came to learn in the halls of its great mosques and to trade with other civilizations.  (Photo: REUTERS/Adama Diarra)

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