The World This Week follows the extraordinary manhunt in Boston as law enforcement officials try to catch the remaining suspect they believe is responsible for Monday's marathon bombings. Also: the release of a French family of seven who were taken hostage in Cameroon two months ago.
A French family that was taken hostage in Cameroon in February has been released, a Cameroonian government official said in a statement on Friday. The family of seven includes four children aged 5 to 12.
French photographer Pierre Borghi arrived back in France on Sunday after being freed in Afghanistan last week. Borghi, who spent four months in captivity, was one of two French hostages released in recent days.
A second French hostage being held in Afghanistan has been released, the foreign ministry said Monday, hours after the French embassy in Kabul said photographer Pierre Borghi had been freed in Wardak province on Sunday.
IN THE PAPERS NATIONAL - 21/03/13: French papers focus on how the government is reacting to the resignation of Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac. Le Figaro says ministers have "the blues". Meanwhile, Libération says François Hollande has changed France's strategy with respect to hostage takers: the government will no longer negotiate.
An alleged spokesman for al Qaeda’s North African branch told a Mauritanian-based news agency late on Tuesday that the group had executed a French hostage held since November 2011 in Mali. France is investigating the report.
“All possible means are being mobilized” to find the French family of seven kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Cameroon last month, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius (pictured) said Friday during an official visit to the country.
A delegation from Turkey arrived in northern Iraq on Tuesday to oversee the handover of eight Turkish officials kidnapped by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The hostage release was negotiated as part of a peace process between Turkey and the PKK.
One of al Qaeda's most wanted men has allegedly been killed in Mali. What does it mean for the jihadist group? And what impact will it have on those 15 French hostages currently being held by al Qaeda operatives in the region?