Tribal chief of Mali's Tuaregs dies amid stalled peace talks

December 18, 2014 11:37 PM

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DAKAR (Reuters) - The chief of the most powerful Tuareg tribe in northern Mali died on Thursday, signaling a change of leadership as Tuareg separatists are locked in peace talks with the government.

The 87-year-old patriarch Intallah Ag Attaher, who had led the Ifoghas tribe for several decades, died in the desert town of Kidal after a long sickness, residents said.

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