Africa

Militants in Mali take hostages in Algeria

The ongoing unrest in northern Mali is raising concerns that the militants could move into neighboring countries. And with the latest jihadist retaliation and taking of hostages, some say it's time for an increased focus on the Maghreb region and the militants who rule it.

In Africa, Malians forced to flee, frustrated by lack of progress

Mali's split in two, the north controlled by a coalition of separatists and Islamic terrorists, the south governed by a weak, coalition government. Thousands have fled the sharia law implemented in the north, but there's no sign of an imminent resolution to the situation, despite months of talk.

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