Paris activates networks to reach hostages
France purports to be against paying ransoms but it is exploring various avenues to free its nationals in the Sahel and Syria.
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Algeria has abruptly changed tack in Mali. In December, Algiers finally got around to sending military specialists to northern Mali to fight Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). But an outbreak of hostilities between Bamako's regular army and independence-seeking rebels