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BAMAKO | A Mali army official says Western countries should limit their participation in military operations against al Qaeda’s North African offshoot.

Col. Yamoussa Camara said Wednesday that foreign forces should remain in the background - providing training and equipment - so Mali’s armed forces can keep the support of their population.

Col. Camara spoke during a Group of Eight meeting in Mali on how to counter Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).


Troops deploy into city after sect attacks

MAIDUGURI | Troops deployed into a northern Nigerian city Wednesday after a wave of attacks blamed on an Islamist sect behind an uprising that led to the deaths of hundreds of people last year.

Hundreds of soldiers in armored tanks and trucks patrolled the almost deserted streets of Maiduguri, while others manned roadblocks alongside police. The police force also sent in reinforcements.

The boosted security follows an attack on a police station Monday by suspected gangs from the Boko Haram sect that injured two police officers. It was the latest in a growing wave of unrest that has left several people dead.


Treating TB means months of monitoring

JOHANNESBURG | At a clinic in a poor South African township, Themba Grammary, 48, puts five anti-tuberculosis pills in his mouth, then sticks out his tongue so his nurse can make sure he’s swallowed his medicine.

Tuberculosis treatment lasts at least six months and requires taking multiple pills on a regular schedule each day. As Mr. Grammary knows all too well, the side effects can be debilitating.

“Sometimes I am feeling numb in my legs,” he says.

But for him, the pills are a life-or-death matter. Like 5.7 percent of South Africa’s 48 million people, Mr. Grammary is HIV positive, making him highly vulnerable to TB.

Every year, more than 300,000 people with HIV contract TB in South Africa, and 110,000 die of the bacterial lung infection.

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