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Authorities are investigating the possibility the South Korean ferry was off course, reports that few of its lifeboats made it into the water and that the captain was among the first to escape.
July 28th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Mali heads to the polls: Thousands excluded from voting

On Sunday, The West African nation of Mali will hold presidential elections.

Erin Burnett reports.

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Filed under: E-Block • International • Mali
May 30th, 2013
12:46 PM ET

Al Qaeda fires terrorist by letter, citing poor performance

A letter recently discovered inside a former Al Qaeda stronghold reported that in October, Mokhtar Belmohktar an Algerian terrorist was terminated.

In the 10-page memo signed by the group's 14-member Shura Council, Belmoktar is described as "a bleeding wound" who –

  • Failed to carry out a single successful operation
  • Failed to bring in top dollar for his hostages
  • Failed to answer the telephone when they called
  • Failed to submit his expense reports


Jake Tapper has more OutFront.


Filed under: International • Mali • News • Terrorism
April 10th, 2013
12:27 PM ET

French president's camel made into stew and eaten in Mali

CNN's Erin Burnett reports on Mali offering the French president a camel that later became someone's dinner.


Filed under: International • Mali • News • The Number
March 4th, 2013
11:07 PM ET

Is the "One-Eye" Dead or Alive? Al Qaeda leader reportedly killed in Mali

U.S. officials say Monday they're not entirely sure whether a key leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is dead or alive, two days after the Chad military reported that they had killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Mali.

U.S.: No proof al Qaeda leader dead

Belmokhtar had claimed responsibility for the January attack on Algerian gas facility that left at least 37 foreign hostages dead.

OutFront tonight: CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbara StarrSeth Jones, Author of Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida after 9/11. He's also with the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. And Peter Brookes, Former Deputy assistant secretary of Defense Under President George W. Bush.


Filed under: al Qaeda • International • Mali
March 1st, 2013
08:57 PM ET

Al Qaeda leader killed in French airstrike in Mali

U.S. officials confirmed Friday the death of a  key member of al Qaeda. According to French military sources, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in an airstrike in Mali in February.

Abou Zeid was a deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and his fighter were in northern Mali. Abu Zeid had a reputation of brutality.

Outfront tonight: Peter Brookes is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under the Bush administration and retired general Wesley Clarke is a former NATO commander.


Filed under: al Qaeda • International • Mali
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