+ France pushes on with Mali offensive

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PARIS/LONDON: As European nations wait for confirmation of the fate of their citizens caught up in a deadly four-day Algerian hostage drama, France continues its air and ground operations in Mali, backed by African troops, against Islamist extremists. Picture. Video. Graphic (MALI-CONFLICT-ALGERIA-KIDNAP-FRANCE)

HANOVER: Regional election in Lower Saxony, kicking off a general election year with high stakes for Chancellor Angela Merkel and the opposition. Polling stations open at 0600 GMT, close at 1600 GMT with first estimates of results. Picture (GERMANY-POLITICS-VOTE-STATE)

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PARIS: French President Francois Hollande meets the families of French hostages held in the Sahel region. No time given. Picture. Video (MALI-UNREST-FRANCE-KIDNAP)

VIENNA: Austrian referendum on whether to retain compulsory military service. Voting from 0600-1600 GMT, first estimates around 1730 GMT, result around 1830 GMT. Picture. Video (AUSTRIA-DEFENCE-POLITICS-REFERENDUM-ARMY)

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI recites his weekly traditional Angelus prayer. 1100 GMT. Picture (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE)

BERGAME: First campaign event for the coalition of small centrist parties led by outgoing Italian prime minister Mario Monti for polls in February that will also be contested by the flamboyant ex-leader Silvio Berlusconi. No time given. (ITALY-POLITICS-VOTE)

ST PETERSBURG: Press conference by FIFA president Joseph Blatter and Russian Football Union chief Nikolai Tolstykh on the XXI Commonwealth Cup under way in St. Petersburg and Russian preparations for hosting the 2018 World Cup. 0600 GMT. (RUSSIA-SPORT-FBL)


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