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Kidnappings, Airstrip Attack Hinder Aid Operations in N. Mali

The kidnapping of three Red Cross staff and damage to an airstrip by violent protesters in northern Mali have hindered humanitarian operations in a region which has been slowly stabilizing, aid agencies said on Thursday. The arid region is the focus of a separatist movement and home to Islamist militants, some linked to al-Qaida, who have staged several attacks in Mali and beyond in the past year. Three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff who went missing in northern...

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