World News of Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Germany's cabinet has approved the deployment of eight helicopters and 350 more soldiers to Mali as part of the UN peacekeeping mission there, Reuters reports.
The aircraft, which comprise both attack and transport helicopters, will replace Dutch ones.
After the deployment, which must be approved by the German parliament, the European nation will have 1,000 troops in Mali, out of the total peacekeeping force of 15,000. The UN mission is overseeing a 2015 peace deal between the Malian government and rebels.