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  • MALI – FRANCE – NETHERLANDS: French forces rescue Dutch hostage in the north of Mali

    By RFI
    French special forces have rescued a Dutch train driver taken hostage nearly four years ago in Mali by Al-Qaeda’s north African arm in an operation that killed several jihadists. France’s defence ministry said Sjaak Rijke, kidnapped in Timbuktu in November 2011, was freed on Monday during “military action carried out by the French army’s special forces”.
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    French forces were conducting a dawn raid against Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Tessalit in Mali’s far north when they stumbled upon the Dutch hostage. “It was a surprise, for our forces to be able to free this hostage because we did not have information” about his presence, French President Francois Hollande told journalists. Hollande said the hostage was “as well as possible after four years of captivity”.
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    Rijke has now been transported to a safe location.

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    FRANCE: On French public transit, ’100 per cent’ of women have been sexually harassed 0 Every woman who has taken a train, metro or public bus in France has been the target of sexual harassment or assault at least once, according to a report presented Thursday to France’s deputy minister for women’s rights. The report [...]

  • COLOMBIA: Colombia lifts bombing truce after attack threatens peace process

    COLOMBIA: Colombia lifts bombing truce after attack threatens peace process 0 Colombia has resumed air raids against rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after a deadly attack killed 11 soldiers earlier this week, highlighting the fragility of the ongoing peace process to end the more than 50-year-long conflict. 11 Colombian soldiers were [...]

  • FOOTBALL: Paris Saint-Germain brutally beaten

    FOOTBALL: Paris Saint-Germain brutally beaten 0 Paris Saint-Germain was brutally beaten on home ground on Wednesday by FC Barcelona which left Paris after a 3-1 victory.   FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez added a double in the second half. Reuters/Christian Hartmann Standard Source: Source

  • : Former NFL star sentenced to life in prison for murder

    : Former NFL star sentenced to life in prison for murder 0 A court in Massachusetts sentenced former NFL star Aaron Hernandez to life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder of a semi-pro football player two years ago. Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez stands with his defence lawyers as he hears his verdict [...]

  • IRAN – US: High stakes as US domestic politics hit Iran nuclear talks

    IRAN – US: High stakes as US domestic politics hit Iran nuclear talks 0 There are more benefits to the deal with Tehran on its use of nuclear energy than meet the eye. As the pace of negotiations accelerates, it is worth considering why. John Kerry, US Secretary of State, after talks in Madrid on [...]

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  • : Former NFL star sentenced to life in prison for murder

    0 A court in Massachusetts sentenced former NFL star Aaron Hernandez to life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder of a semi-pro football player two years ago. Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez stands with his defence lawyers as he hears his verdict in his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in [...]

  • FOOTBALL: Paris Saint-Germain brutally beaten

    0 Paris Saint-Germain was brutally beaten on home ground on Wednesday by FC Barcelona which left Paris after a 3-1 victory.   FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez added a double in the second half. Reuters/Christian Hartmann Standard Read More

  • FRANCE – OLYMPIC GAMES: Paris a step closer to 2024 Olympics bid

    0 Paris is a step closer to a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games after city lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to back a campaign. A majority of the 163 lawmakers voted in favour of a bid with only a few Greens and left wing councillors voting against it. If the bid goes ahead Paris will go [...]