In this photo taken Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2004, Alfa Telfi, 72, reads 

In this photo taken Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2004, Alfa Telfi, 72, reads from his crumbling ancient Islamic manuscripts in his mud-walled house in Timbuktu, Mali. Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor of the town said Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, while owners have succeeded in removing some of the manuscripts from Timbuktu to save them and others have been carefully hidden away from the Islamists. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2004, Alfa Telfi, 72, reads from his crumbling ancient Islamic manuscripts in his mud-walled house in Timbuktu, Mali. Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor of the town said Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, while owners have succeeded in removing some of the manuscripts from Timbuktu to save them and others have been carefully hidden away from the Islamists. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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