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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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2016-05-04 United Arab Emirates

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2016-05-03 Austria

Migrants: Austria building fence on border with Italy

Austria has begun building a fence and checkpoints on its border with Italy in a bid to keep migrants out. Following the closure of the Balkan route, Vienna fears that this...

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2016-05-02 Hezbollah

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Since the start of the year, relations between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon have taken a turn for the worse. The crisis began when Lebanon refused to sign an Arab League declaration...

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2016-04-29 Libya

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The EU is mulling military operations in Libya to help shore up the new national unity government. The man at the head of this fragile, UN-backed coalition is Prime Minister...

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2016-04-28 France

A closer look at France's 'Up All Night' movement

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