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Islamists’ takeover takes Timbuktu off tourist maps

When turban-swathed Tuareg rebels swept into Timbuktu last Sunday to plant the flag of their northern Mali homeland, they found very few tourists in the bars, hotels, museums, mosques and libraries of

How safe is Mali?

Following the recent kidnapping of three tourists - one of which is a Dutchman - and the killing of a German in the town of Timbuktu in North Mali, the all-important question is: How safe is Mali?

UK issues terror warning for travel to Timbuktu

The UK government is urging tourists not to visit Timbuktu in northern Mali because of the threat of terrorism.