Initial reports from Timbuktu suggested that tens of thousands of priceless documents had been destroyed when Islamist rebels burned down the city's Ahmed Baba Institute as they fled. It now appears that locals saved at least some of the documents.
Washington is keeping the conflict in Mali at arm's length. American officials say they are providing intelligence to France and are considering deploying American aircraft to land in Mali. But there are no plans to send American troops.
What happens when a Jewish rock band from Brooklyn travels to Mali and starts a collaboration with local artists? An album with the working title, 'The House of Friendly Ghosts.' Anna Boiko-Weyrauch has the story from Bamako.
As the militants melt away from cities and towns in northern Mali, there have been scenes of jubilation. People who have experienced life under the rule of Islamist fighters say it has been a harsh, violent existence.
France's military intervention in Mali represents a shift in the country's foreign policy. Anchor Jeb Sharp hears more about that from Jennifer Cooke, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The singer from Mali was born with white skin. His albino condition helped shape his life and his musical career. He talks about that, and performs songs from his new album. Marco Werman's speaks with him.