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Image 1 - Satellites Reveal Lost Cities Of Libya
2011-11-08 04:02:54

Fall of Gaddafi lifts the veil on archaeological treasures Satellite imagery has uncovered new evidence of a lost civilization of the Sahara in Libya's south-western desert wastes that will help re-write the history of the country. The fall of Gaddafi has opened the way for archaeologists to explore the country's pre-Islamic heritage, so long ignored under his regime. Using satellites and air-photographs to identify the remains in one of the most inhospitable parts of the desert, a...

2008-08-23 00:00:24

T hey stand tall and proud in the barren desert landscape, flowing robes and headdresses protecting them from the sun - a picture of traditional nomadic tribespeople. But, on stage, the members of Saharan band Tinariwen are fully plugged into the modern Western world with a sound dominated by electric guitar. Theirs is an intriguing blend combining haunting chant-like vocals with full-on bluesy rock riffs that has been capturing the imagination of British musicians as well as audiences all...

2008-08-19 12:00:35

By Howard Male COMING SOON - WORLD MUSIC Critic Howard Male looks to the more exotic flavours that world music has to offer Only once in the past 10 months have the desert rockers Tinariwen (pictured) not been mentioned in this guide, but as they're currently one of the best bands in the world, I'll unapologetically risk informing you that they have a few more gigs coming up. On 25 August they are at the Komedia in Brighton (01273 647100), on 27 August, the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth...

2006-08-26 16:22:43

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Two Italian tourists kidnapped in Niger by a former Saharan rebel group have been moved out of the West African country by their hostage takers, the government in Niamey said on Saturday without giving further details. "The abducted tourists are no longer on Niger's territory but in a neighboring country. The authorities in Niger ... are doing their best to obtain their release," Niger's government spokesman Mohamed Ben Omar told national television. The tourists...

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2006-08-17 07:15:00

By Abdelaziz Boumzar TAMANRASSET, Algeria -- Amid a moonscape of dust, dry river beds and huge stone monoliths, an aging truck creaks to a halt in the middle of the world's biggest desert. At the impromptu police checkpoint, Algerian officers in green uniforms shoulder their rifles and kick sand from their boots as they approach the vehicle and examine its cargo compartment. In seconds, two men in ragged clothes and flip-flops clamber out, standing warily on the oven-hot sands of the Sahara...

2006-05-24 08:21:34

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Tuareg rebels withdrew to hills around a remote desert town in northern Mali on Wednesday after looting army camps there and seizing weapons as government reinforcements advanced to try to secure the area. Tuesday's surprise attack on Kidal, more than 1,000 km (600 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, raised fears of a new offensive by the Tuaregs, light-skinned nomads clad in indigo-blue turbans who staged revolts from the town in the 1960s...


Latest Tuareg Reference Libraries

Heinrich Barth
2014-01-06 09:33:24

Heinrich Barth, born February 16 of 1821 and died November 25th of 1865, was a German explorer of Africa and a scholar. He is one of the greatest of the European explorers of Africa, and his scholarly preparation, ability to speak and write in Arabic, learning African languages, and character meant that he delicately documented the details of the cultures that he visited. He was among the first to comprehend the uses of oral history of the peoples, and he collected many. He established...

Azawakh
2013-06-11 15:18:18

The Azawakh is a breed of sight hound dog that originated from Africa. This breed is thought to have been developed in the regions of Southern Algeria, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, by nomadic tribes including the Fula and the Tuareg peoples. This dog was bred for speed so it could hunt hares and other creatures and guard the camps of its people, but only highly fit dogs could adequately survive and serve the tribes in the desert conditions. The Azawakh is recognized by many organizations...

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