Clashes Forced Nearly 60,000 Malians From Homes

According to a U.N. agency, fighting in northern Mali has forced nearly 60,000 people to flee their homes over the last four weeks, highlighting the lack of peace despite a partial deal being signed earlier this month. The new wave brings to more than 100,000 the number of Malians displaced in the desert north, which has been in turmoil since a 2012 Tuareg-led separatist rebellion was hijacked by better-armed al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants. French forces scattered the Islamists in 2013. UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, said the vast majority of the newly displaced were from the Timbuktu region, which has seen a string of clashes involving various groups of gunmen.