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The UN refugee agency said 65,000 had been displaced since mid-January

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... but it's not yet mission accomplished for the French President

Salaka Djikke: 'I couldn't understand what they were shouting and why they were whipping me'

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Fall of Timbuktu will mark the end of an initial, lightning advance by French and Malian forces into territory overrun by Islamists

Algeria asks for terror help

Algeria will need international help to better fight terrorism, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mourad Medelci, acknowledged yesterday. His remarks come just a week after his government was criticised for rejecting offers of help to deal with the four-day crisis at a gas plant which left at least 37 hostages and 29 militants dead.

Men who 'despised the British' deny plotting suicide bombing

Three men accused of plotting to launch a suicide bomb campaign were “deadly serious” in their mission, a court heard today.

Top al-Qaida leader, Saeed al-Shihri, dies in Yemen

The Saudi national spent six years in Guantanamo Bay

'We are in the midst of a long struggle against murderous terrorists': Cameron urges G8 countries to share burden of tackling terrorism

The G8 group of developed countries should agree to “share the burden” of tackling terrorism in flashpoints around the globe, Prime Minister David Cameron said today.

Fourth British Algerian siege victim named

A fourth British victim of the Algerian siege was named today as efforts continued to repatriate their bodies.

The hostages surrender to the terrorists

Mali, Algeria and what the latest conflict in north Africa tells us about the meaning of 'War on Terror'

The Shadow Foreign Secretary argues against the use of a tired, imprecise phrase

Rescue workers carry the coffin of one of the hostages killed during a hostage crisis in a gas plant at the hospital in In Amenas

David Cameron says Britain faces a 'generational struggle' as Islamist terrorists switch focus to North Africa

PM argued that al-Qa'ida allies operating across a vast tract of lawless territory had to be taken on and defeated

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: Hunt is on for mastermind behind Algeria attack

Special forces are preparing to hunt down the veteran jihadist known as "The Uncatchable" behind the hostage deaths in Algeria. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who is believed to have masterminded the attack on the Algerian gas plant, is still at large in the Sahara.

Wanted: Mokhtar Belmokhtar masterminded last week’s raid but it is still unclear if he took part

'Mr Marlboro' lands a seismic blow

"The Uncatchable One", "Mr Marlboro", "One-Eyed Jack": Khaled Abu al-Abbas aka Mokhtar Belmokhtar isn't short of colourful name tags. Considering the fact that this battle-hardened jihadist cum smuggling don has been the southern Sahara's public enemy number one for the past decade or more, that's hardly surprising.

Under orders: French soldiers being instructed at their Malian air base last week

Don't go to war over a band of zealots

Alarming as the hostage crisis in Algeria is, memories of Iraq teach us that this is no reason to make an already volatile area more unstable

Algeria crisis 'remains ongoing' after British hostages killed in Saharan bloodbath

Government dismay after Algerian forces attack Islamists at BP gas plant

Desert storm: Islamists take Mali fight to Algeria

Islamist militants were holding  up to 41 Western gas engineers at a remote BP site in Algeria today, deepening fears that the conflict in Mali could unleash an anti-Western war across the deserts of northern Africa.

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