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Americans Said To Be Among Hostages Seized By Militants In Algeria

The State Department said Americans are reported to be among the hostages taken by militants at an Algerian gas plant. The total number of hostages is unclear, as are the number of Americans. The attack is seen as retaliation against France's intervention against Islamists in neighboring Mali.
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Jihadi Fighters Win Hearts And Minds By Easing Syria's Bread Crisis

When fighting shut down mills and bakeries late last year, the people of Aleppo began running out of their staple flatbread. Two rebel groups have now stepped in to provide fuel and generators — and protection — to get bakeries running again. But not everyone in Aleppo is happy with how one of the rebel groups is distributing the goods.
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Taliban Militants Target Afghan Intelligence Center

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a multi-pronged suicide bombing attack on Afghanistan's intelligence headquarters in Kabul in Wednesday. It was the second attack on the spy headquarters in little more than a month.
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Algeria Hostage-Taking Could Be Retaliation For France's Actions In Mali

Islamist militants attacked and seized a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday and said they were holding dozens of foreign workers hostage, including seven Americans. The militants said the attack is retaliation for France's military intervention in Mali.
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Explosions At Syrian University Kill More Than 80, Injure Hundreds

Robert Siegel talks to Martin Chulov of the Guardian about the aftermath of Tuesday's massive bombing at a university in Aleppo, Syria.
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Police: Rush Hour Helicopter Crash In London Could Have Been Much Worse

A helicopter flying across London seeking to land due to bad weather clipped a crane atop one of the city's tallest residential towers and fell into a street crowded with rush hour traffic. The pilot and one person on the ground died, and 13 others were injured.

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