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Rep. Rogers: US Knew ‘Something Big’ Was Coming Before Algeria Crisis

Rep. Rogers: US Knew ‘Something Big’ Was Coming Before Algeria CrisisAlex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that before the deadly Algerian hostage crisis, the U.S. had several reports that "something big" was coming against a Western target -- but did not have the de...

Algeria Hostage Crisis Over, More Hostages Reported Dead

Algeria Hostage Crisis Over, More Hostages Reported DeadHemera/Thinkstock(ALGIERS, Algeria) -- After the Algerian military's final assault on terrorists holding hostages at a gas complex, the four-day hostage crisis is over, but apparently with additional loss of life among the foreign hostages.The Japanese...

Algerian Hostages: Dead US Hostage Identified as Fred Buttaccio

Algerian Hostages: Dead US Hostage Identified as Fred ButtaccioHemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The death toll at an Algerian gas plant where al Qaeda-linked terrorists took hostages continues to climb, with at least one American and 11 other hostages reported to have been killed.The Algerian military has twice st...

Algerian Hostages: Dead US Hostage Identified as Fred Buttaccio

Algerian Hostages: Dead US Hostage Identified as Fred ButtaccioABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The death toll at an Algerian gas plant where al Qaeda-linked terrorists took hostages continues to climb, with at least one American and 11 other hostages reported to have been killed.The Algerian military has twice stormed the...

British PM on Hostages in Algeria: ‘This Is a Continuing Situation’

British PM on Hostages in Algeria: ‘This Is a Continuing Situation’Peter Macdiarmid/WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's prime minister briefed his Parliamentary colleagues on Friday with the latest information on the hostage situation going on at a natural gas facility in Algeria.David Cameron held back on some...

Six Hundred More French Troops Arrive in Mali

Six Hundred More French Troops Arrive in MaliERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(BAMAKO, Mali) -- With air strikes having done little to stop the advance of Islamist rebels, France's military will increasingly engage the fighters on the ground in the North African nation of Mali, French Defense Minis...

$1B Later, US Claims Anti-Terror Victory in Somalia

$1B Later, US Claims Anti-Terror Victory in SomaliaJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Four years and over $1 billion in U.S. support later, the Obama administration Thursday claimed a victory in its war on terror in Africa by officially recognizing the government of Somalia, once a country ove...

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in AlgeriaBloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Algerian troops have surrounded the natural gas compound in the Sahara desert where as many as 100 hostages, including up to eight Americans, are being held by terrorists who claim to be part of al Qaeda and are ...

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in Algeria

Leon Panetta: As Many as Eight Americans Held by Al Qaeda in AlgeriaBloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Algerian government has reportedly mounted a military operation to rescue dozens of hostages, including Americans, being held by an al Qaeda-affiliated group at a natural gas plant in Algeria.According to Bri...

French Ground Troops Now Fighting Mali Rebels

French Ground Troops Now Fighting Mali RebelsiStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAMAKO, Mali) -- French ground soldiers are now engaging in direct combat with Islamist militants in the North African country of Mali.With al Qaeda-based rebels threatening to take over the country, France has deployed ground tr...

Egyptian President Claims He Was Taken Out of Context

Egyptian President Claims He Was Taken Out of ContextAFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- A spokesman for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi says the angry slurs the leader made against Jews and Zionists during interviews in 2010 were taken out of context.His office was responding to videos in which Morsi, who as t...

White House Denounces Morsi’s Comments on Jews, Zionists

White House Denounces Morsi’s Comments on Jews, ZionistsAFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Tuesday sharply rebuked comments made by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi before he rose to power in 2010 in which he exhorted followers to hate Jews and Zionists.Obama administration spokesman Jay Ca...

France Ready to Send More Troops to Mali

France Ready to Send More Troops to MaliiStockphoto/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Facing Islamist fighters determined to overrun the country, the French government is on the verge of deploying more troops to the North African country of Mali.The militants have already taken large swaths of northern M...

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in Mali

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in MaliERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Monday pledged to aid France's widening aerial assault on al Qaeda-linked rebels in Northern Mali, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. would provide the French with intelligence and ai...

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in Mali

US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in MaliERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Monday pledged to aid France's widening aerial assault on al Qaeda-linked rebels in Northern Mali, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. would provide the French with intelligence and ai...

Egyptian Court Overturns Hosni Mubarak’s Conviction

Egyptian Court Overturns Hosni Mubarak’s ConvictionAFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is getting a second chance, which will likely not sit well with millions of his countrymen.On Sunday, an appeal courts overturned the deposed leader's life sentence for what prosecutors...

French Troops Killed in Failed Commando Missions in Somalia and Mali

French Troops Killed in Failed Commando Missions in Somalia and MaliHemera/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- The French Defense Ministry has confirmed the deaths of two French military service members in two military operations launched in Africa over the past 24 hours. One mission was a secret hostage rescue in Somalia, and the ot...

Rhinos Socialize After Dark? Wildlife Series Reveals Rare Images

Rhinos Socialize After Dark? Wildlife Series Reveals Rare ImagesComstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Nocturnal gatherings of black rhinos have been captured for Sir David Attenborough’s latest BBC wildlife series, Africa, marking the first time such interactions between black rhinos have ever been documented.Wildli...

New Year’s Stampede Kills 61, Mostly Children, in Ivory Coast

New Year’s Stampede Kills 61, Mostly Children, in Ivory CoastHERVE SEVI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A crush of people has killed at least 61 party-goers — most of them children — following New Year’s eve celebrations in the city of Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Officials say over 200 were injured i...

State Department Shuts Down Embassy in Central African Republic

State Department Shuts Down Embassy in Central African RepubliciStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department announced on Thursday it temporarily closed the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Bangui, in the Central African Republic.  According to a statement by State Department Spokesperson Patrick V...

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