Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara speaks about terrorism and security problems in Sub-Saharan Africa at the World Economic Forum in Abuja on May 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
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The Malian army exchanged gunfire with Tuareg separatist rebels on Saturday, throwing into doubt the prime minister's visit to the rebel-controlled northeast. Moussa Mara was expected to arrive in the restive region of Kidal as part of a first visit to the west African nation's vast northern desert since his appointment six weeks ago.The premier's tour of the north started on Friday in the fabled desert caravan town of Timbuktu, and is due to move from Kidal to the neighbouring region of Gao on Sunday and Monday.
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