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Mali rebels join forces to create new state

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Two rebel groups say they’ll merge to create an independent state in the north of Mali.

The deal between Tuareg rebel group MNLA and Ansar Dine Islamist militants is set to complicate plans to stabilise the west African country after a seperate military coup in March.

The rebels took advantage of the revolt to capture an area larger than France.