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al-Qaeda Spokesman: French Hostage Executed in Mali in Retaliation Against France Intervention

March 21, 2013

“In Paris, a French Foreign Ministry official said the government is aware of the report of the killing of a French hostage, kidnapped on November 11, and is investigating.”

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France Prime Minister: French Troops Will Pull Out of Mali “From the End of April”

March 21, 2013

“Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius first said the 4,000-strong French contingent would be withdrawn from March. President Francois Hollande then promised a troop reduction from April.”

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France President Hollande: Sovereignty of “Almost the Entire Territory” of Mali Will Be Restored in “a Few Days”

March 21, 2013

“French President François Hollande said Wednesday that the sovereignty of “almost the entire territory” of Mali would be restored in “a few days”, as France prepared to wind down an intervention to drive Islamists from the north of the country.”

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France Recalls Ambassador to Mali Due to Personal Conflict With French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

March 21, 2013

“France recalled its ambassador to Mali on Thursday after he reportedly fell out with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, diplomatic sources in the West African nation said. Christian Rouyer will be replaced by Gilles Huberson.”

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U.S. State Department Designates Mali Rebel Group Ansar al-Dine as a Terrorist Organization

March 21, 2013

“Ansar al-Dine, established in late 2011 and led by Iyad ag Ghali, cooperates closely with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, another terrorist group operating in North Africa, the State Department said.”

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RT Publishes Full Release of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton E-Mail Memo Hacking

March 21, 2013

Algerian Gas Plant hostage-takers came from Mali, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Egypt.

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President Obama: Palestinians Deserve an Independent State

March 21, 2013

“President Obama met with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank on Thursday in search of hopeful signs for the stalled peace process and declared that a sovereign state of Palestine beside Israel is still viable.”

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France Drafting United Nations Security Council Resolution For Peacekeeping Force in Mali

March 20, 2013

“France wants the U.N. to takeover with a peacekeeping mission and next week, the U.N. Security Council will take up that and other questions about Mali.”

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Excerpts From Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Hacked E-Mail Memos Released

March 20, 2013

“The first excerpted Blumenthal e mail, dated September 12, 2012, reports that senior advisors told the President of Libya during the day of September 11 that the Benghazi and Tripoli attacks were sparked by the Cairo demonstrations and anger over an anti-Muslim video.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Hacked E-Mail Memos Reveal: Saudi Arabian Sunni Funding Behind Algeria Hostage Crisis

March 20, 2013

“The reader should be warned that these are first and partial accounts of hacked emails that may be fabricated by someone with a hidden agenda. Time will tell whether they have any credence.”

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Pakistan Authorities Arrest Man Wanted For Beheading of Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl

March 19, 2013

“Pearl was kidnapped while researching a story in Karachi about Pakistani militants and the so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. He was later decapitated, and a video of his killing was sent to U.S. officials.”

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Cyprus Parliament Rejects 5.8 Billion Euro Bailout Deal

March 19, 2013

“Late on Tuesday night the eurozone governments said that despite the vote Cyprus would still need to raise the €5.8 bn – a third of the €17bn bailout.”

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Former French Police Officer Captured Waging Jihad in Mali Against France

March 19, 2013

“A French citizen caught in early March waging jihad in Mali against his own country was once a serving police officer, his sister claimed on Monday.”

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France: Mali Needs Aid to Rebuild the Northern Part of the Country and Prevent the Return of Militants

March 19, 2013

“Donors need to pour aid into Mali over the next six months to rebuild its strife-hit north and stop defeated militants taking advantage of the chaos to return, France’s development minister said on Tuesday.”

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) Endorses No-Fly Zone Over Syria

March 19, 2013

“Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsed Tuesday the idea of establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria and attacking the air defenses and air power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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