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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 »

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 »

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 »

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