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Latest update : 2012-10-18

Action against Islamist militants in Mali could affect hostages

Since the Malian government was overthrown in a coup d'etat in March this year, Islamist hardliners have taken control of the northern part of the country. The UN Security Council has given the go-ahead for military intervention, but families of the six French hostages being held in the country fear that any such operations could have severe consequences for their loved ones.

By Antoine MARIOTTI , Kate WILLIAMS

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2014-10-31 Egypt

Fears of growing support for extremist groups in Egypt

In Egypt, security forces are a regular target of militants, particularly in the restive Sinai region. In the deadliest assault to date, over 30 soldiers were killed last week....

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2014-10-30 Lebanon

Lebanon: Syrian civil war spillover heightens tensions in Tripoli

Lebanon is suffering from the spillover of the Syrian civil war just across the border. This week the conflict escalated again in Tripoli. The country's second-largest city is no...

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2014-10-29 Yemen

Yemen on the brink of chaos

In Yemen, the security situation has got so bad that the country is on the brink of a fully-fledged civil war. In the month since Shiite Houthi rebels took control of the capital...

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2014-10-28 Germany

Germany: Bavaria struggles to cope with influx of asylum seekers

Germany is seeing a surge in asylum seekers, with 76% more in the first three months of 2014 compared to last year. That's worrying many politicians, particularly in the southern...

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2014-10-27 Poland

Poland rediscovers its Jewish past

This week sees the long-awaited opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. It's a highly symbolic event for a country that once had Europe's largest Jewish...

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