Islamists kidnap Frenchman in Mali - 21 November 2012

Islamist fighters in northern Mali claimed responsibility Wednesday for the kidnapping of a French sexagenarian, bringing to 13 the number of hostages held in the war-torn region.

France warned its citizens against travelling to the troubled West African nation, where regional powers backed by France and the United States are mulling a military intervention to oust Al-Qaeda linked militia. (continue reading...)