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UN to Mull Peacekeeping Mission in Mali

By Bloomberg - 2013-01-31T18:30:17Z

Photograph by Feferberg/AFP via Getty Images

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Control of Kidal's airport comes a day after Malian troops entered historic Timbuktu after French forces encircled the city and seized its airport. A "treasure" of ancient manuscripts in the city, designated as a World Heritage Site in 1990, may have survived a fire caused by fighting between the French and the insurgents.

Left, men recover burnt ancient manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Centre for Documentation and Research in Timbuktu, on Jan. 29.