A Malian soldier talks with civilians in central Timbuktu

 
A Malian soldier talks with civilians in central Timbuktu
A Malian soldier talks with civilians in central Timbuktu January 31, 2013. Mali's president offered Tuareg rebels talks on Thursday in a bid for national reconciliation after a French-led offensive drove their Islamist former allies into mountain hideaways. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier