France paid ransoms to Al Qaeda-linked Mali foes
A screengrab from Al Andalus TV shows some of the foreigners taken hostage by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in September 2010. Photo: AFP/Al Andalus
8 February 2013
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