Islamists in Mali rely on kidnapping Westerners

Kidnappings of foreigners for ransom by Islamists in northern Mali are an increasing concern as the United Nations debates how, and when, to launch an African-led military campaign to oust the radicals. Punishments meted out by the Islamists against civilians are reportedly becoming worse, while separately, this week Prime Minister Cheikh Modibo Diarra was forced by soldiers to resign.

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