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  • Correction: Algeria-Plane Crash story

    In a Feb. 11 story about the crash that day of an Algerian military transport plane, The Associated Press erroneously identified the type of plane involved in a previous crash of an Algerian military plane in France. The plane that crashed in November 2012 was an EADS CASA C-295, not a Lockheed Martin C-130.

  • Rescue vehicles swarm the gas plant where al Qaeda-linked terrorists held hundreds of people hostage. An Algerian military assault Saturday ended with the deaths of at least 23 hostages, including an American, and 32 heavily armed kidnappers. (Associated Press)

    Death toll from Algeria standoff expected to rise

    The four-day standoff between al Qaeda-linked terrorists and the Algerian military at a natural gas plant in the remote Sahara desert ended over the weekend with at least 23 hostages dead, including at least one American, out of more than 130 foreigners and several hundred Algerians held hostage by the extremists.

  • Men look at the wreckage of a vehicle near the natural-gas plant in Ain Amenas, Algeria, in this undated photo. Algerian bomb squads on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, scoured the plant, where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage, and found "numerous" new bodies as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery. (AP Photo/Echorouk Elyaoumi)

    Algeria crisis ends with one American dead, fate of others unknown

    The four-day armed hostage standoff between al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and the Algerian military at a natural-gas plant in the remote Sahara desert ended over the weekend with at least 23 hostages dead, including at least one American, out of more than 130 foreigners and several hundred Algerians held by the extremists.

  • **FILE** This Ain Amenas gas field in Algeria, seen here in April 19, 2005, is where Islamist militants raided and took hostages on Jan. 16, 2013. (Associated Press/Kjetil Alsvik, Statoil via NTB scanpix)

    Algeria: 12 hostages have died in the siege

    The bloody three-day hostage standoff at a natural gas plant in the Sahara took a dramatic turn Friday as Algeria's state news service reported that nearly 100 of the 132 foreign workers kidnapped by Islamic militants had been freed.

  • Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci, centre, greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton upon her arrival at Houari Boumediene Airport, in Algiers, Algeria, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Clinton is on a five-day trip overseas to increase pressure on Mali's al-Qaeda-linked rebels and help Balkan nations end long-simmering ethnic and political disagreements. (AP Photo, Saul Loeb, Pool)

    Clinton: U.S. wants Algeria to play key role in Mali intervention

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed optimism Monday that Algeria could play a key role in a growing international push toward a military intervention in Mali, where recent months have seen an al Qaeda-linked extremist group seize control of an area roughly the size of California.

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