Malian troops boarding a French military transport plane
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Mali crisis: UK troops set to join EU training forces

29 January 2013 Last updated at 07:47 GMT

The UK is expected to agree to send troops to train forces in Mali, as part of a joint EU mission, at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

Number 10 said David Cameron spoke to French President Francois Hollande on Sunday evening about further possible British help for French forces in Mali.

French-led troops have taken Timbuktu in their operation against Islamists.

Philippa Young reports.