A man and a woman walk together, which would not be allowed under the rule of Islamic militants who ruled the city until French troops took control, in Timbuktu, Mali, Thursday Jan. 31,

 

              A man and a woman walk together, which would not be allowed under the rule of Islamic militants who ruled the city until French troops took control, in Timbuktu, Mali, Thursday Jan. 31,
A man and a woman walk together, which would not be allowed under the rule of Islamic militants who ruled the city until French troops took control, in Timbuktu, Mali, Thursday Jan. 31, 2013. Men and women were not allowed to interact in public under the rule of Islamic militants. Many things have changed in Timbuktu since French troops parachuted in several days ago to take control of the area from Islamic militants, and now there is a growing sense of freedom. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)