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  1. News - World - ALGERIA

    Hostages die in Algerian desert rescue attempt

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... military operation in neighbouring Mali, has unfolded into one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades. An Algerian security source said 25 foreign hostages had escaped alive. ... storming the gas pumping station. The attackers have demanded an end to the French military campaign in Mali, where hundreds of French paratroopers and marines are launching a ground offensive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1130619/hostages-die-algerian-desert-rescue-attempt
  2. News - World - ALGERIA

    Algerian army frees 650 hostages, including 70 foreigners

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 02:03pm by Reuters and AFP

    ... taken the site as retaliation for French intervention against Islamists in neighbouring Mali. The crisis represents a serious escalation of unrest in North Africa, where French forces have been in Mali since last week to fight an Islamist takeover of the north, and strikes a heavy blow to Algeria’s vital oil industry, just recovering from years of civil war. Fourteen Japanese were among ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1130910/anxiety-mounts-over-deadly-hostage-raid-algeria
  3. News - World

    Briefs, January 5, 2013

    Posted Jan 05th 2013, 12:00am by VARIOUS

    ... reservations made by Awlaqi. AFP   Islamists renege on peace pledge in Mali NOUAKCHOTT- Armed Islamist group Ansar Dine has revoked a pledge to end hostilities in northern Mali made at peace talks in Algeria last month. The negotiations are being led by Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, West Africa's chief mediator for the crisis in Mali, where Islamists are occupying the north ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1120085/briefs-january-5-2013
  4. News - World - MALI: ANALYSIS

    From flagship democracy to Islamist battleground

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Dakar From flagship democracy to Islamist battleground In 2012 Mali went from a stable democracy to a country facing a war with jihadists occupying more than half its territory, backed by Western powers who fear the arid zone may become a new haven for terrorism. While considered one of west Africa's flagship democracies, the tinder for Mali ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1103862/flagship-democracy-islamist-battleground
  5. News - World - GAMBIA

    Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh orders end of English as official language

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 09:55pm by AFP

    ... the minority Jula tribe, which speaks a Manding language most closely related to Bambara, spoken in nearby Mali. Gambia, a country of about 1.8 million, is a finger of territory flanking the Gambia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1447268/gambias-president-yahya-jammeh-orders-end-english-official-language
  6. News - World - LIBYA

    Libya a nation awash with guns

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 04:48am by AP

    ... had reached conflict zones, including Chad and Mali. Abdul Rahman AlAgeli, a security co-ordinator in the prime minister's office, said the government was "effectively drowning" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1455660/libya-nation-awash-guns
  7. News - World - CONFLICT

    Children used as sniper targets in Syria, says UN

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York Report outlines horror faced by youths caught in the crossfire of battles around the world and adds Mali to its annual list of shame Children used as sniper targets in syria, says u.n. Children are being used as sniper targets and human shields in the Syria war, the United Nations says, in a report that adds Mali to its child soldier list ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1260072/children-used-sniper-targets-syria-says-un
  8. News - World - ALGERIA

    Lone survivor found as Algeria plane crash kills 77

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 01:31am by AFP

    ... Tamanrasset, where the flight had departed from, lies in the far south of Algeria, near the border with Mali, and is the main base for the country’s southern military operations. Extra troops and equipment have been stationed there in recent months as part of efforts to beef up surveillance of Algeria’s frontiers with Mali and Libya, following a deadly hostage-taking by Islamist militants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1426334/102-killed-one-survivor-military-aircraft-crash-algeria
  9. The Music

    Posted Feb 19th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Salif Keita- The Golden Voice of Africa Singer Salif Keita (above) from Mali performs soulful Malian acoustic ballads fused with funk. Thu-Fri, 8pm, HK City Hall, Concert Hall, Edinburgh Place, Central, $220-$400 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2824 2430 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537011/music
  10. News - World - DIPLOMACY

    Jordan assumes UN Security Council chair after Saudi Arabia rejected seat

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 11:16pm by Reuters

    ... Security Council presidency yesterday, beginning its two-year stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Mali and elsewhere. ... conflict in South Sudan, as well as the situation in the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and Sudan's Western Darfur region. Another change ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1395225/jordan-assumes-un-security-council-chair-after-saudi-arabia-rejected-seat

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