December 10, 2011
Al-Qaeda claims Mali abductions RABAT, Morocco - North Africa's branch of al-Qaeda has denied kidnapping three foreign aid workers in Algeria, but confirmed it was behind two other kidnappings in Mali, according to a statement carried by a Mauritanian news agency. The statement, purportedly by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, said the group was focusing its efforts against French and Malian interests and had nothing to do with the October kidnapping of an Italian and two Spanish aid workers in southern Algeria.
July 8, 2010 |
Taxi driver Daniel Dzeble yesterday raised his right pants leg to reveal an electronically monitored ankle bracelet he has been ordered to wear so federal immigration officials can monitor his movements. Cabbie Souleymane Drame has one clasped to his ankle, too. Dzeble, of Ghana, and Drame, of Mali, were two of the 23 drivers arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last week during a sting at a Philadelphia Parking Authority office. ICE contends the drivers are in this country illegally and have put all 23 in removal proceedings.
April 19, 1992 |
From the top of the Great Mosque's minaret, a crumbling shaft of mud and splintered beams, this legendary desert town seems to be melting in the sun. "They call it the gateway to the Sahara," says Nouh Aginfa Yattara, pointing to the great yellow stretches just to the north. "Of course, it was a much richer city once. " For centuries, the name Timbuktu has symbolized the essence of remoteness, mystery and exotic wealth. It's still remote (only two flights a week from Mali's capital, or a two- day jeep trek through bandit country across the trackless desert)
July 17, 2008 |
As police pressed their hunt for the killers of a beloved Feltonville clothing-store owner, his fellow African Muslims began a fund drive to ship his body back to his native Mali and spent yesterday remembering his struggle to make a life for his family. Two men shot Amissi Ndikumasabo, 41, in the head Tuesday afternoon. His wife, Bintou Soumare, 45, wounded by a bullet to her left temple, remained in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. The couple has two children.
March 30, 2005 |
Former Arizona State running back Loren Wade was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the shooting of another former Sun Devils player. Wade, 21, has been held without bond since Saturday, when he was arrested at the slaying site outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., nightspot. Witnesses say they saw him approach the car of Brandon Falkner, and exchange words with Falkner before a single gunshot rang out. Falkner, 25, was killed by a bullet to the head. Before Wade was charged, Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter said at a news conference he had been concerned by Wade's behavior since September, but never interpreted any of it as cause for alarm.
April 30, 1999 |
Millenial fever is raging, and the year 2000 is all the rage among filmmakers from Mali to Spain. Will the turn of the cosmic odometer mark the death of the Earth or its rebirth? At this year's film festival, nine directors offer nine different answers to the question. Some predict apocalypse, others the same old same old, and yet others the Second Coming. "2000 seen by . . . " - a selection of seven movies set on or around New Year's Eve 1999, plus two other festival films - speculates on life after the big 2 oh oh oh. As there are two distinct types of New Year's revelers - extroverts who prefer crowds and introverts who prefer a party of two - there emerge two distinct types of millennial movies.
May 8, 2014 |
BACK IN 1972, Linton Grundy and his wife, Renee, decided to sell everything they owned and take off for faraway places. Often hitchhiking, they toured Europe, then set out for Africa, where they explored a large portion of the continent, catching rides on crowded buses or trains, battling snakes and bugs, unforgiving deserts and monsoon rains. Linton was a Vietnam War veteran who made 50 combat parachute jumps and later joined the Green Berets, and Renee spent years working for Mayors W. Wilson Goode, Ed Rendell and John Street, once in the thankless job of having to respond to every citizen complaint.