FRANCE: LAST FRENCH HOSTAGE FREED BY AL-QAEDA AFTER THREE YEARS OF CAPTIVITY ‘

#AceNewsServices – FRANCE:Dec.10- Serge Lazarevic, the last French hostage held in Africa, arrived in France on Wednesday morning, France 24 said.

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‘ Serge Lazarevic, the last French hostage held in Africa ‘

He was released the previous day, following more than three years in captivity in Mali.

The Paris-based businessman, 50, who has dual French and Serbian citizenship, travelled to France from Niamey, the capital of Niger.

David Thomson, a journalist for the French international radio station RFI and a specialist in Islamist groups, told Le Monde it was probable that a ransom had been paid and an exchange of prisoners agreed for the hostage’s release.

Lazarevic was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in the Malian town of Hombori on November 24, 2011.

Lazarevic, who holds French and Serbian nationality, was kidnapped along with a second Frenchman, Philippe Verdon, whom he was accompanying on a business trip, in northern Mali in November 2011.

A group of armed men burst into their hotel rooms and snatched them, claiming they were working for French intelligence services.

Verdon was found dead in July 2013 having been shot in the head.

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YEMEN: ‘ SEVEN YEMENI HOSTAGES FREED & SEVEN AL-QAEDA KILLED ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.25 – Seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner were freed by the country’s security forces during a special operation, state news agency Saba quoted the Yemeni supreme security committee as saying in a statement.

Seven Al-Qaeda members, who were behind the kidnapping of the hostages, were killed during the mission and one person from the rescue team was wounded.

The location of the operation and the nationality of the foreign hostage were not revealed.

It was also not specified when and where the individuals were taken hostage.

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Freed Pussy Riot members still want Putin out

#AceNewsServices says “Freed #PussyRiot Members Still Want #Putin Out” #freedomofspeech

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Two members of punk band Pussy Riot say they still want to topple Russian President Vladimir Putin – after they were released from prison.Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina made the comments during a two-hour news conference in Moscow.They also revealed plans to form an organisation, to help Russia’s jail inmates.Al Jazeera’s Peter Sharp reports from Moscow.

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