Briefs, March 10, 2013

Hagel aboard a helicopter on his Afghanistan trip. Photo: AFP

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada was arrested in London for breaching his bail terms, days before the British government begins an appeal against a court decision blocking his deportation to Jordan. 

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 7:31am

Filipino rebels won’t stop bid to free hostages

Members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at a compound near the MILF headquarters in Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao province, south of Manila. Photo: EPA

Hundreds of Muslim guerillas will continue efforts to free foreign hostages held by al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Philippines despite a clash last week that killed scores of combatants from both sides, a Muslim rebel leader said.

13 Feb 2013 - 6:34pm

Foreigners still trapped in Sahara hostage crisis

An Algerian military truck drives past a road sign indicating the city of Ain Amenas where hostages have been kidnapped by islamic militants at a gas plant. Photo: AP

More than 20 foreigners were captive or missing inside a desert gas plant on Saturday, nearly two days after the Algerian army launched an assault to free them that saw many hostages killed.

19 Jan 2013 - 10:43am

Algerian army frees 650 hostages, including 70 foreigners

The remote In Amenas natural gas field in Algeria, where the terrorist attack took place and the hostages were taken. Photo: AP /DigitalGlobe

The Algerian army’s rescue operation has freed nearly 650 hostages, including around 70 foreigners, who had been seized by Islamist gunmen at the In Amenas gas plant.

18 Jan 2013 - 9:51pm