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Jan 9, 2015

French police swoop on villages in manhunt for newspaper attackers

CORCY, France (Reuters) – Armed and masked anti-terrorism police swooped on woodland villages northeast of Paris on Thursday in a manhunt for two brothers suspected of being the Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people at a French satirical weekly.

A day after the Paris attack, officers carried out house-to-house searches in the village of Corcy, a few km (miles) from a service station where police sources said the brothers were sighted in ski masks. Helicopters flew overhead.

Jan 9, 2015

Armed French gendarmes swoop on villages in manhunt for newspaper attackers

CORCY, France (Reuters) – Armed and masked anti-terrorism police swooped on woodland villages northeast of Paris on Thursday in a manhunt for two brothers suspected of being the Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people at a French satirical weekly.

A day after the Paris attack, officers carried out house-to-house searches in the village of Corcy, a few km (miles) from a service station where police sources said the brothers were sighted in ski masks. Helicopters flew overhead.

Jan 8, 2015

French police converge on small town after Paris attack suspects seen

VILLERS-COTTERETS/PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – French
anti-terrorism police converged on an area northeast of Paris on
Thursday after two brothers suspected of being behind an attack
on a satirical newspaper were spotted at a petrol station in the
region.

France’s prime minister said on Thursday he feared the
Islamist militants who killed 12 people could strike again as a
manhunt for two men widened across the country.

Jan 8, 2015

French policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt deepens for militant killers

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – A policewoman was killed in a
shootout in southern Paris on Thursday, triggering searches in
the area as the manhunt widened for two brothers suspected of
killing 12 people at a satirical magazine in an apparent
Islamist militant strike.

Police sources could not immediately confirm a link with the
killings at Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper which marked the
worst attack on French soil for decades and which national
leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy.

Jan 8, 2015

Police hunt three Frenchmen after 12 killed in Paris attack

PARIS/REIMS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Police are hunting three
French nationals, including two brothers from the Paris region,
after suspected Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at a satirical
magazine on Wednesday, a police official and government source
said.

The hooded attackers stormed the Paris offices of Charlie
Hebdo, a weekly known for lampooning Islam and other religions,
in the most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.

Jan 7, 2015

Suspected Islamists kill 12 in Paris attack on satirical weekly

PARIS, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris
offices of a satirical magazine known for lampooning Islam and
other religions on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people in the
most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.

Police staged a huge manhunt for the attackers who escaped
after shooting dead some of France’s top cartoonists at the
Charlie Hebdo weekly, as well as two police officers.

Dec 16, 2014

Threatened African nations urge western action on Libya crisis

DAKAR, Dec 16 (Reuters) – African leaders on Tuesday urged
western nations to act to resolve the crisis in Libya which has
sent shock waves across the vast arid Sahel band and threatened
to destabilise fragile regional governments.

More than three years after a French-led NATO military
action helped oust Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, two
rival governments are competing for legitimacy, raising fears of
a civil war for control over the country’s oil wealth.

Dec 16, 2014

France tries to rally mistrustful African states against Boko Haram

DAKAR (Reuters) – France will step in to help coordinate a regional taskforce against Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram, amid signs of mistrust among West African neighbors, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.

Boko Haram has stepped up attacks across much of Nigeria’s north ahead of presidential elections in February. Their operations have spilled over Nigeria’s borders into Niger to the north and Cameroon to the east, and stirred fears that Chad could be dragged into the conflict.

Dec 15, 2014

France urges closer regional collaboration against Nigeria’s Boko Haram

DAKAR (Reuters) – France’s defense minister on Monday called for Nigeria and its neighbors to set up a military liaison committee to better coordinate their response to the growing regional threat posed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram fighters have stepped up their attacks across much of the country’s north in the past year, raiding villages, kidnapping children and seizing territory for their declared caliphate.

Dec 15, 2014

U.N. says forces in Sudan’s Darfur won’t leave amid rising violence

DAKAR (Reuters) – A joint United Nations-African Union (UNAMID) peacekeeping mission in Darfur is unlikely to bow to Sudan’s request to leave the region when the situation there appears to be worsening, the head of the U.N. peacekeeping forces said on Monday.

Sudan said last month it had asked UNAMID to prepare an exit plan, days after denying peacekeepers permission to pay a second visit to the site of alleged mass rapes by Sudanese soldiers in the Darfur village of Tabit.