A terrorist sleeper cell dismantled in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Police in Mali’s capital have dismantled a terrorist cell belonging to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO, three officials confirmed on Tuesday.


Sand dunes on northern edge of Sahara desert.

Dust from Africa affects snowfall in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the driest spots on Earth — the Sahara desert — is increasingly responsible for snow and rain half a world away in the western U.S., a new study released Thursday found.


Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

US official: 2 more Americans die in Algeria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two additional Americans were killed in last week’s hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, bringing the final U.S. death toll to three, an Obama administration official said Monday.


Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

Algeria reports nearly 100 workers free, fate of others unclear

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The three-day hostage standoff at a natural gas plant in Algeria’s Sahara Desert may have taken a dramatic turn. The state news service is reporting that nearly 100 hostages had been freed.


Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

Panetta: US-British working to free hostages

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. is working with the British and Algerian governments to assess the situation at a natural gas complex in the Sahara where Islamic militants are holding hostages from at least 10 countries.


Amenas natural gas field, Algeria

Desert drama: Islamists take hostages in Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A militant group that claimed responsibility said 41 foreigners, including seven Americans, were being held after an assault on one of oil-rich Algeria’s energy facilities.


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Baseball-size Martian rock recovered in the Sahara

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A 2-billion-year-old rock that broke from Mars and landed in the Sahara desert is quite different from other Martian meteorites. Not only is it older than most, it also contains more water, a yearlong analysis found.



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