The book rustlers of Timbuktu: how Mali’s ancient manuscripts were saved

At 5am on a Sunday morning, Mohamed Diagayeté was disturbed by an urgent banging on the door of his house in Timbuktu, on the southern edge of the Sahara desert. It was a friend from the army: a heavily armed group of rebels had arrived at the city boundary, he told him; he'd done everything he could and must leave the city immediately. The soldier ran off to ditch his uniform and returned a few minutes later in civvies, intent on taking refuge in Diagayeté's house. Shortly afterwards, the first gunshots rang out over the city. "We could hear them firing. Bok! Bok! Bok," Diagayeté, an archivist, remembers. Before noon, a convoy of rebel pick-ups swept into the undefended town.

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Crapwagon Outtake: Feels Like The First Time

Crapwagon Outtake: Feels Like The First Time – National

I feel fortunate enough that the first manual transmission car I ever drove was a 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S. Yes, that Corolla. Although I am barely in my twenties, I learned how to drive a stickshift at a time when you could still pick up a ratty AE86 for a few hundred bucks.

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Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series

Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series
Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series
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Kidz Bop, the series of compilation albums of youngsters singing current pop hits that has become a commercial juggernaut, is on the block, according to sources. And The Walt Disney Co. is prominent among the possible suitors, these sources say.

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Was The Government’s Divestment of GM Stock Insider Trading?

Was The Government’s Divestment of GM Stock Insider Trading? – National

Back in 2004, perfectionist homemaker and well known TV personality Martha Stewart was convicted of insider trading. The facts in the case were simple. Martha owned stock in a medical research company called ImClone and, like a lot of people who invest in tech firms, she was hoping for a big payout when their product, a promising new cancer treatment, went on the market. Unfortunately, the FDA chose not to approve the drug and the value of the stock looked set to take a beating once the decision was announced. Martha and many of the company’s top executives, however, learned of the FDA’s decision though their inside connections the day before it was publicly announced and were able to sell their shares before they crashed. That’s against the law and many of the people caught up in the scandal, Martha among them, ended up going to jail.

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