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A woman holds a speaker as people shout slogans during a demonstration, organized by Malian associations, in support of the liberation forces of Mali in Montreuil, near Paris. (Jan. 26, 2013)(Credit: Getty Images)

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French, Malian forces regain control of Gao

French and Malian forces took control of the radical Islamist stronghold of Gao on Saturday, marking a major advance in their bid to oust al-Qaida-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months.