February 3rd, 2013
10:14 PM ET

Northern Mali: next Tora Bora?

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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As militants flee towns they once ruled in northern Mali, stories of their brutality are trickling out. Lindsey Hilsum, a reporter for Britain's Channel 4, spoke to a man who was accused of stealing a motorbike.

[:38] "He used to dig gravel for construction companies he said. Before they cut off his hand."

But amid that horror, there's real progress. French and African forces have driven the militants, some allied with an al Qaeda affiliate, from several major towns.

Dr. Dave Sloggett is a security consultant with IHS Global Insight:

[2:14 ] "Any historian of desert warfare knows the operation thus far in Mali is following a classic pattern."

Dr. Sloggett says the pattern involves quick success from the air and then more of a slow grind on the ground. Experts from IHS recently held a call to share their research on what's happened in Mali thus far and where the situation may go from here.

Listen to the full story to hear why some compare parts of northern Mali to the treacherous Tora Bora region of Afghanistan.

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Sunday Playlist: Sexism and Lookie Loos
German Chancellor Angela Merkel embraces French President Francois Hollande. This week sexism in politics became a hot topic in Germany, even though a woman runs the country.
February 3rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Sexism and Lookie Loos

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

(CNN) – Welcome to the CNN Radio Soundwaves Sunday Playlist, our roundup of audio from around the Web we find interesting, informative or just plain fun.

  • This week sexism was big news in Germany after publication of an article by a female reporter who told readers of a sexist encounter with a high ranking politician. He commented to her that she could "fill out a dirndl." The dirndl is the Bavarian dress famously worn by waitresses during the Oktoberfest. Here's an interview on the subject from Deutsche Welle, Germany.


  • I never knew what a lookie loo really does until I heard this story from Marketplace. It's full of surprises and will introduce you to a new hobby.


  • And finally, from the West Midlands Police in Great Britain comes this short tale of a woman who's so desperate to get her computer going, she calls the police. Very entertaining.


Your CNN Radio Team