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Sanaa residents watch Huthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi on television
27/02/2015 - France - Yemen

Yemen tribal leaders start mediation with French woman’s kidnappers

Tribal leaders in Yemen have started mediating between the kidnappers of a French aid worker and her translator and local leaders of Shia Huthi militias.
24/02/2015

French press review 24 February 2015

The French military dominate two of this morning's front pages, but the stories could hardly be more different.

Mourad Benchellali.
11/02/2015 - Report: France

How I resisted jihadist temptation - French ex-Guantanamo prisoner speaks

Mourad Benchellali spent 30 months in the US army’s Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda (AQAP) in a still from a social media website, which purports to show Al Qaeda in Yemen claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack
31/01/2015 - France - Yemen

Al-Qaeda in Yemen declares France enemy number one

The spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says France has become the top enemy of Islam.
18/01/2015

French weekly magazines review 18 January 2015

As you'd expect, the French weeklies are preoccupied with the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris and their aftermath.
The Minusma blue helmets are a regular target of deadly attacks in Mali.
17/01/2015 - MALI

Terrorist attack against UN base in Mali

Gunman launched an attack against UN troops, the Minusma, in Mali on Saturday, killing one soldier and injuring a second - the latest in a series of terrorist attacks on the blue helmets.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims the network's global leader Ayman Al Zawahri ordered the Charlie Hebdo attack.
14/01/2015 - France - Yemen

Al-Qaeda in Yemen claims responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed it planned and financed last week's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online on Wednesday.

Serge Lazarevic (L) is greeted by French President François Hollande on his return to France this week
13/12/2014 - France - Mali

Mali confirms Al-Qaeda prisoners exchanged for French hostage Lazarevic

Mali admitted on Friday that Al-Qaeda prisoners were freed in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic, confirming reports on RFI earlier in the week.
Serge Lazarevic was captured in Mali in 2011
09/12/2014 - France - Mali

Serge Lazarevic, last French hostage freed

France's only remaining hostage abroad, Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, has been freed, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam
21/11/2014 - Report: Lebanon

Lebanese IS, al-Nusra hostage families demand action to save relatives

The families of 27 Lebanese hostages held by the Islamic State armed group and the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front say their government is not doing enough to free them.
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