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Ali Kafi: Politician who led Algeria following the 1992 coup

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Rachid Taha, Zoom (Wrasse)

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The head of the chiefs of staff, Admiral Edouard Guillaud, said that the death of Abou Zeid, military commander of al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), was “probable”

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Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility for the seizure of dozens of foreign hostages at the In Amenas plant in January

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DNA samples taken but Western experts say it is unlikely sworn enemies would be killed together

Briton among seven kidnapped by Nigerian gunmen

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Foreign Secretary William Hague

Britain must work with regimes that have abused human rights, says William Hague

Britain must be prepared to share intelligence with foreign governments that could prevent a terrorist attack in this country or abroad even if those countries have questionable human rights records, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said today.

David Cameron with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal at the start of his trip to Algeria yesterday

Britain forges new Algeria alliance to fight terrorism

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Just a few weeks ago, intervention in Mali was to be a short, sharp, French-only mission. Britain was supplying two transport planes, but only as a nod to cross-Channel military co-operation. There would, the Prime Minister promised, be no boots on the ground.

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Britons urged to leave Somaliland over 'specific threat'

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Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near Ain Amenas, Algeria

Algerian foreign minister admits hostage crisis mistakes

Algeria's foreign minister has admitted that his government's security forces made mistakes during the hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant, in which 38 civilians and 29 militants died, including six British nationals.

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