Africa

British Petroleum (BP) Withdrawing All Non-Essential Workers from Algeria

January 17, 2013

“There have been reports of casualties, but the company said information is still unconfirmed. There have also been reports of hostages who have been released or escaped.”

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Unconfirmed Report: 35 Hostages and 15 Kidnappers Killed During Government Helicopter Rescue Raid in Algeria

January 17, 2013

“Algeria’s ANI news agency is now reporting that 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers have been killed by air strikes by the Algerian army. Several Western hostages are understood to be among those dead.”

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British Prime Minister: Britain Not Given Prior Notice of Algerian Military Operation

January 17, 2013

“”The Algerian Prime Minister explained that the situation was very fast-moving and that in the government’s judgement they needed to act immediately,” the spokesman said.”

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Unconfirmed Report: Unknown Number of Hostages Killed in Algeria During an “Ongoing Operation” to Rescue Them

January 17, 2013

“Western hostages being held by Islamist militants at a gas plant in Algeria were feared to have been killed with reports of several casualties from a raid by Algerian forces Thursday… U.S. officials could not confirm nor deny any of the reports, saying information on the situation was “murky”.”

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Egyptian President Morsi: Anti-Jewish Comments “Taken Out of Context”

January 17, 2013

“Yasser Ali, the Morsi spokesman, said on Wednesday night at a news conference that Mr. Morsi had told the delegation that the comments were meant as criticism of the “racist” policies of the Israeli government, not as insults to Jews.”

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Police Fire Teargas at Protesters in Tunisia

January 17, 2013

“Protesters threw stones at police officers who repelled them with teargas in northern Tunisia on Wednesday after a peaceful rally to demand more jobs turned violent.”

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Official: African Union Troops Mistakenly Shoot At a School in Somalia, Killing 7 Civilians Including 5 Children

January 17, 2013

“A Somali official says African Union troops mistakenly opened fire on a religious school while pursuing militants, killing five children and two adults.”

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Somali Islamist Terrorist Group al-Shabab Attacks Restaurant in Kenya, Killing 5 People

January 17, 2013

“Al-Shabab has threatened revenge for Kenyan military involvement in Somalia in support of the UN-backed government.”

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Former Kenyan Minister Acquitted on Charges of Inciting Tribal Violence

January 17, 2013

“A Kenyan court acquitted a former junior minister of inciting violence for lack of evidence following the killing of over 100 people in politically-instigated fighting in the Tana River coastal region, his lawyer said on Wednesday.”

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Somali Islamist group al-Shabab: French Intelligence Agent Denis Allex Has Been Killed

January 17, 2013

“The French government has said it believes Mr Allex was killed during last week’s raid, in which two French commandos also died.”

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Nigeria Deploys 190 Troops to Mali Under a United Nations Security Council Resolution

January 17, 2013

“Nigeria will lead the West African regional force. It has promised to send a total of 900 troops as well as fighter jets.”

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French Troops Advance Northward in Mali Towards Niono

January 17, 2013

“Armored vehicles loaded with French troops were seen heading toward Niono. The natural target for the French infantry is Diabaly, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of the capital and roughly 70 kilometers (45 miles) north of Niono.”

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United Nations: Violence in Sudan’s Darfur Region Has Killed 100 People and Displaced 100,000

January 17, 2013

“More than 100 people had died and around 70,000 people had been displaced by the fighting between rival Arab tribes that broke out in the Jebel Amer area last week, he added.”

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Kenyans Burn Coffins in Protest of the Members of Parliament Tripling Their Own Salary Bonuses

January 17, 2013

“Hundreds of demonstrators torched 221 coffins outside Kenya’s parliament on Wednesday in protest at legislators who voted last week to triple their end-of-term bonuses and award themselves state funerals.”

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International Criminal Court Prosecutor Opens Investigation into Alleged War Crimes in Mali

January 17, 2013

“The investigation comes after human rights groups voiced concern about alleged abuses in northern Mali, which is controlled by Islamist militant groups.”

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