Men sit outside a shop as Malian and French flags decorate a street in Timbuktu

 
Men sit outside a shop as Malian and French flags decorate a street in Timbuktu
Men sit outside a shop as Malian and French flags decorate a street in 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