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Algeria gives Vietnam rice for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

Vietnamese rice paid for by Algeria will be rationed to survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas and northern Cebu in the next few weeks, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

US mulls putting Algeria militant on ‘kill’ list—report

In this undated image made from video, a man looks out from a bus towards what appears to be smoke rising in the horizon at an unknown location in Algeria. An Algerian security official says de-mining squads searching for explosives found "numerous" bodies Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at a gas refinery where Islamic militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage. AP Photo/Ennahar TV

Senior members of US President Barack Obama’s administration want to put the mastermind of last month’s attack on an Algerian natural-gas facility on a secret “kill” list, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Death toll climbs past 80 in siege in the Sahara

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In this undated image made from video, a man looks out from a bus towards what appears to be smoke rising in the horizon at an unknown location in Algeria. An Algerian security official says de-mining squads searching for explosives found "numerous" bodies Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at a gas refinery where Islamic militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage. AP Photo/Ennahar TV

The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed to at least 81 on Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Algeria terror leader preferred money to death

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Moktar Belmoktar in a TV grab. AP Photo/SITE Intel Group

Moktar Belmoktar is known abroad as the man who orchestrated the abduction of scores of foreigners last week at a BP-operated plant in the remote, eastern corner of Algeria, in a raid that led to many of their deaths.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Five kidnappers taken alive in Algeria—TV

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Moktar Belmoktar in a TV grab. AP Photo/SITE Intel Group

Algerian troops captured five suspected kidnappers and found the bodies of 25 captives at a remote gas plant on Sunday, a television network said a day after a major hostage crisis ended.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Survivors recount gunmen’s brutal search for foreigners

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Two British hostages, Peter, right, and Alan, carrying his luggage, no family name available, gather their belongings after being released, in In Amenas, near the gas plant where they were kidnapped by Islamic militants, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. After the hostage crisis was finally brought to a bloody end on Saturday by the Algerian military, a picture has begun to emerge of the horror and savagery of the attack.  AP PHOTO/ANIS BELGHOUL

As they prowled the In Amenas gas complex for hostages, the gunmen who attacked the Algerian site discovered a brutal but effective tactic to persuade foreign workers to come out of hiding.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

10 Japanese unaccounted for in Algeria crisis—employer

Roadblocks prevent the access of the Tigentourine gas plant where hostages have been kidnapped by islamic militants, Friday, Jan. 18, 201. AP/Anis Belghoul

A Japanese engineering firm said Sunday that 10 Japanese and seven foreign workers remained unaccounted for at an Algerian gas plant that was seized by Islamist militants.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama blames ‘terrorists’ for Algeria hostage deaths

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers questions from members of the media during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.  AP FILE PHOTO

US President Barack Obama said Saturday that blame for deaths stemming from a hostage crisis in Algeria lay with the “terrorists” who had earlier taken foreigners captive at a remote gas plant.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Siege leader warned Algerian army he’d kill hostages

This image released on January 18, 2013 by the SITE Intelligence Group and credited to the ANI Mauritanian news agency shows Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, a Nigerian fighter close to al-Mulathameen Brigade leader Moktar Belmoktar. Al-Nigeri is man reprotedly leading the hostage-taking operation at the BP oil facility in In Aménas, Algeria, according to  the press release from SITE.     AFP PHOTO / SITE Intelligence Group / ANI

The apparent leader of a commando group that took hundreds of gas workers hostage in Algeria warned in a recording broadcast Saturday that he would blow them up if the army got too close.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

UN council slams ‘heinous’ Algeria attacks

In this undated image released Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013, by BP petroleum company, showing the Amenas natural gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria, where Islamist militants raided and took hostages Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. Islamist militants from Mali attacked the Amenas natural gas field partly operated by BP in Algeria early on Wednesday, killing a security guard and kidnapping at least eight people, including English, Norwegian and Japanese nationals, an Algerian security official and local media reported. Algerian forces, later caught up with and surrounded the kidnappers and negotiations for the release of the hostages are ongoing, officials said. AP/BP

The UN Security Council on Friday slammed what it called the “heinous” attack and hostage-taking at an Algerian gas complex by Al-Qaeda linked militants.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Fate of two Malaysians unknown in Algerian crisis

Roadblocks prevent the access of the Tigentourine gas plant where hostages have been kidnapped by islamic militants, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. The hostage crisis in the remote desert of Algeria is not over, Britain said Friday, after an Algerian raid on the gas plant to wipe out Islamist militants and free their captives from at least 10 countries unleashed bloody chaos. AP Photo/Anis Belghoul

KUALA LUMPUR — The fate of two Malaysians believed to have been caught up in the ongoing hostage crisis at a gas complex in the Algerian desert remains unknown, the foreign ministry said Saturday.   It said that three other Malaysians who were working at the gas plant were safe. The embassy in Algeria “is [...]

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Algeria: 12 hostages have died in the siege

Algerian special police unit officers secure the hospital in Ain Amenas, Algeria, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, two days after the start of the terrorist attack at a gas plant. The hostage crisis in the remote desert of Algeria is not over, Britain said Friday, after an Algerian raid on the gas plant to wipe out Islamist militants and free their captives from at least 10 countries unleashed bloody chaos. AP/Anis Belghoul

The bloody three-day hostage standoff at a natural gas plant in the Sahara took a dramatic turn Friday as Algeria’s state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

‘Some dead’ as Algeria hostage crisis ends in turmoil

Statoil's CEO Helge Lund (C), arrives on January 17, 2013 at the center for relatives of the hostages in Algeria, which has been established near the airport in Bergen, Norway. The Algerian military launched on January 17 an air and ground assault on a desert gas complex where Islamists were still holding an unknown number of hostages, one of the kidnappers told the ANI news agency.  AFP PHOTO

Algerian special forces on Thursday launched a rescue operation on a desert gas complex, killing fleeing Islamists and an unknown number of their hostages, the communication minister said.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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