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  • Marcel Bigeard dies at 94; French war hero

    Marcel Bigeard dies at 94; French war hero
    Gen. Marcel Bigeard, a decorated veteran who led France's elite parachute forces in colonial wars in independence-seeking Indochina and Algeria after serving in the French Resistance in World War II, died Friday in his hometown of Toul in eastern France....
  • Tours & cruises

    MEXICO Rockin' on water Sixthman's "VH1 Best Cruise Ever" aboard the Carnival Inspiration will feature a lineup that includes headliners Colbie Caillat, Train and Lifehouse. The itinerary also includes an eight-hour port call in Cozumel. Itinerary:...
  • Guinea-Bissau military arrests Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr.

     
    Military officials in the tiny West African coastal nation known for its illegal drug trade said Friday that Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Jr. had been arrested on accusations of plotting with Angola to crush his country’s military....
  • Tuareg rebels in Mali declare independent state

     
    Tuareg rebels who recently captured northern Mali in a stunning military advance declared their own independent state. The state, which the rebels call Azawad, was immediately dismissed by France, the former colonial power in the region. It was also...
  • Mali is cut off by its neighbors. What will blocking the borders do?

     
    A coalition of West African nations is closing off the borders of Mali, condemning it for a recent military coup that ousted its president. How could that affect the landlocked country? Blocking the borders means that Mali will be starved for gas and...
  • With military in disarray, Tuareg rebels gain in northern Mali

     
    Tuareg rebels in Mali seize territory as the army falls into disarray after Thursday's military coup that ousted the government of President Amadou Toumani Toure....
  • Who are the Tuareg and how do they fit into the coup in Mali?

     
    The Tuareg are nomadic people in much of the central Sahara and Sahel. They’ve been romanticized as “the blue men of the desert” because of the indigo dye used in their traditional flowing garments. They have a common language, Tamasheq,...
  • Asylum claims hit record high from Syria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast

     
    More people clamored for asylum from countries in Arab Spring tumult, part of the global trends that pushed a 20% jump in applications to industrialized nations last year. The increase was observed by the United Nations refugee agency, which released a...
  • Why is Senegal -- an African success story -- becoming unstable?

     
    Unrest is building in Senegal over President Abdoulaye Wade's plan to seek a third term....
  • Rights group: Islamic rebels in Nigeria have killed 935 since 2009

     
    Human Rights Watch reports that the northern Nigerian Islamic rebel group Boko Haram has killed 935 people since 2009:...
  • Gambians vote in election condemned as unfair

     
    Gambia incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh, likely to be re-elected in vote condemned by the regional body ECOWAS: "Do I look like a loser? There is no way that I can lose unless you tell me that Gambians are mad," said Jammeh, dismissing critics of the...