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Kidnapped missionaries, others still held in Mali

International | An Islamic extremist group has issued a proof-of-life video
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/04/17, 07:55 am

An al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, one of them held since 2011. SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups, said the recently formed al-Qaeda affiliate, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, released the video on Saturday, a day before French President Emmanuel Macron visited the country.

The undated video includes Stephen McGown from South Africa, Kenneth Elliott from Australia, Iulian Ghergut from Romania, Beatrice Stockly from Switzerland, Colombian nun Cecilia Narvaez Agorti, and Sophie Petronin from France.

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Associated Press/Photo by Esther Htusan

Plane wreckage, bodies found off Burmese coast

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/08/17, 11:39 am

A navy ship today found bodies and aircraft wreckage in the search for a military transport plane that went missing off the Burmese coast yesterday. The Y-8 turboprop aircraft disappeared about half an hour after taking off with 122 people onboard, 15 of them children. Officials said the military, along with the help of local fisherman, have so far recovered 29 bodies—20 women, eight children, and one man. The process has been delayed by heavy rain and rough seas.

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Associated Press/Photo by Thein Zaw

Plane with 120 passengers missing in Burma

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/07/17, 11:31 am

A military transport plane carrying about 120 people, many of them civilians, went missing today in Burma. The plane’s route from southern Burma to Yangon went over the Andaman Sea, raising fears it could have crashed into the ocean. The plane was carrying relatives of soldiers to help them offset transportation costs, a common practice for military families stationed in the somewhat remote south. A Burmese official said it was raining at the time of the crash but not heavily.

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