French citizen kidnapped in southwest Mali

Updated 22 November 2012
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French citizen kidnapped in southwest Mali

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande says a French citizen has been kidnapped in southwest Mali, far from the zone controlled by Al-Qaeda-linked militants where African countries are preparing a possible military intervention.
Hollande said yesterday, "I confirm that there was a kidnapping of a French citizen in southwest Mali ... not in the part where there is the most danger."
Hollande, speaking at a news conference in Paris, gave no other details.
A Malian police official says a European traveling alone was kidnapped Tuesday night in the town of Diema. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
France has been pushing for international action against militants who seized power in the north of the West African country.


Russian briefing at OPCW chemical arms body is stunt: UK envoy

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Russian briefing at OPCW chemical arms body is stunt: UK envoy

  • OPCW is investigating possible use of chemical weapons in an April 7 attack
  • UK ambassador to OPCW says briefing arranged by Russia and Syria on the OPCW’s premises was a 'stunt'

THE HAGUE: Britain’s ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday that a briefing arranged by Russia and Syria on the OPCW’s premises was a stunt.
Russia and Syria say they have brought several Syrians from Douma, where the OPCW is investigating possible use of chemical weapons in an April 7 attack, as proof that no chemical attack took place.
Ambassador Peter Wilson said any witnesses should be interviewed by OPCW investigators instead, adding that Britain and its allies would not attend.
“The OPCW is not a theater” he said in a statement.