First flight to ancient Timbuktu in 9 years sparks hope of tourists’ return

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As Mali returns to normalcy after years of war, the first commercial flight landed in the city that was long a magnet for tourists from all over the world. Timbuktu officials say they hope it reestablishes the city as an exotic travel destination. The historic city has been in the stranglehold of Islamists since Al Qaeda overran the storied city in 2012.

By Milan Sime Martinic