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Jan 19, 2013 | 13:15 GMT

Algeria: Forces Surround Hostage Facility As African Leaders Meet

Algerian forces have surrounded the gas facility where militants are holding seven hostages, and helicopters continue to monitor the area, The Guardian reported Jan. 19. African leaders meeting in the Ivory Coast are expected to agree on a regional mission to take over the role of the French forces fighting militants in Mali. The removal of French forces from Mali has been one of the hostage-takers' chief demands.

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