**S.Korea Successfully Launches Satellite**
South Korea says it has successfully launched a satellite into space - a major feat that comes just weeks after its neighbor North Korea did thesame.
The Korea Space Launch Vehicle lifted off Wednesday disappearing into the sky above the Naro Space Center on the country's southern coast.
Science Minister Lee Ju-ho told reporters that the rocket successfully placedthe satellite into orbit, declaring the mission "a success of all our people.
It took three tries for South Korea to successfully carry out the mission. In 2009, a rocket achieved orbit, but the satellite did not deploy. A year later, the rocket exploded just two minutes after liftoff. More recent attempts were called off at the last minute.
Wednesday's launch comes just a month after North Korea successfully sent what it said was a weather satellite into space. The move was widely condemned by the international community as a violation of United Nations sanctions.
**French Troops Enter Last Mali Rebel Stronghold **
French troops have deployed in the northern Malian city of Kidal, the last major rebel stronghold remaining after operations to retake control in Gaoand Timbuktu.
French military officials said Wednesday the troops deployed overnight, continuing a week-long push to recapture the main cities in northern Mali.
The secular Tuareg rebel group MNLA said, earlier this week, its fighters had taken control of Kidal.
The Tuareg rebels joined with Islamist militants to seize northern Mali following a March coup. The two groups later split in a dispute about Sharia law and the Islamists asserted control of the region.
French and Malian troops searched houses in Timbuktu and Gao on Tuesday, recovering weapons and explosives left by fleeing Islamists. At least five people suspected of collaborating with the militants were detained in Gao.
In Timbuktu, residents looted stores owned by Arabs and Tuaregs suspected of working with the militants, who left earlier this week.