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Burkina attacks show west Africa new arena for Islamist violence
26/01/2016 - Spotlight on Africa

Burkina attacks show west Africa new arena for Islamist violence

Burkina Faso has paid tribute to the victims of a recent terror attack on the capital that killed more than 30 people and injured many more.
French President François Hollande, (2nd from right) with the four French hostages, (left to right) Marc Feret, Pierre Legrand, Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol at the Villacoublay military, 30 October 2013.
29/12/2015 - FRANCE - NIGER

Former French hostage to sue French state, Areva

Ex-French hostage Thierry Dol says he will press charges against the French state and his employer, energy giant Areva, so as to find out what led to his rescue after three years in captivity in ...
Apollonia, the daughter of Claude Verlon, viewing her father's name on a monument dedicated to journalists killed in war, in October 2014
26/07/2015 - Mali - France

Hollande meets with relatives of RFI journalists killed in Mali

Relatives of the two Radio France Internationale journalists killed in Mali in 2013 met with French President Francois Hollande this weekend to discuss difficulties in the investigation of the ...
UN peacekeepers have often been targeted by Tuareg rebels and jihadists in Mali
22/06/2015 - Mali

Mali Tuareg peace deal raises hopes but faces challenges

Activists and analysts in Mali hope that a landmark deal between the government and a Tuareg-led rebel coalition will bring stability to the north, the cradle of several Tuareg uprisings since the ...
Mokhtar Belmokhtar
15/06/2015 - LIBYA - MALI - Algeria - United States

Algeria gas plant jihadist Belmokhtar reported dead in Libya

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been killed in a US air strike, according to the internationally recognised Libyan government.
The commander who ordered the murders of RFI journalists Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont has been killed by French special forces in Mali
21/05/2015 - Mali - France

Two jihadist chiefs killed in French raid in Mali

French special forces have killed two jihadist leaders in Mali, including the commander who claimed the execution of two Radio France Internationale journalists in the remote northern town of Kidal ...
Released hostage Serge Lazarevic on arrival at Villacoublay airport near Paris
14/12/2014 - France - Mali

French former hostage Lazarevic denies being spy, believes freed for ransom

Former hostage Serge Lazarevic has denied being a mercenary and said he was tortured while a prisoner of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) in northern Mali.
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.

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