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Raid frees last Sahara tourists  Commandos freed the last 15 European tourists held by armed Islamist militants More than 2,000 killed in 6.7 quake
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Sahara scoured for lost tourists  Searchers using camels and helicopters equipped with heat-seeking sensors have scoured for 21 tourists, mostly Germans Missing tourists search gains momentum  Tiny but insufficient clues to 29 European whereabouts surfaced. Special teams from Europe arrived Algeria 'negotiating tourists' freedom'  Talks are under way to secure the freedom of 31 Europeans who are being held in the Sahara desert 17 Sahara tourist hostages freed
  Chirac given rapturous reception  Hundreds of thousands of Algerians welcomed French President in the first official state visit by a French leader since 1962 Plane crashes, killing 102

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  Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff in southern Algeria. At least one person survived

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  Commandos freed 10 Austrians, 6 Germans and a Swede kidnapped by a terrorist group linked to al Qaeda
  51,000 homeless and 8,626 injured. Survivors accused the government of turning a blind eye to shoddy construction
May.22   Quake death toll tops 800  Nearly 6,000 injured. Supplies, equipment, blood and manpower ran short   Quake rescuers race against time  Rescue workers are searching the rubble of collapsed homes and apartment blocks in the hope of finding survivors May.23   Child pulled from quake rubble
  A 2-year-old girl has been pulled alive from the rubble of a five-storey apartment building
  Hopes fade of more quake survivors  Rescue of two 2-year-old girls were rare bright spots. Earthquake killed more than 1,600 people May.24   Fury as quake toll rises  Survivors and the media vented their anger at the government's inadequate rescue efforts   President faces fury over quake
  Angry crowds pelted Abdelaziz Bouteflika with debris and insults when he tried to tour villages devastated by earthquake
May.25   Rescuers battle to save quake girl  Rescuers fought desperately to find an 11-year-old Sabrina as bulldozers moved in to clear bodies and debris May.27   Aftershock hits quake zone  3 people are reported killed and almost 200 injured after a 5.8 aftershock May.29   New quake causes panic  A new earthquake is causing some injury and damage and terrifying thousands on the coast

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Jun.30   Fatal plane crash  A military aircraft crashed into a populated area, killing at least 8 people and injuring 4 others

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Jul.2     Islamist leaders freed
  The top 2 leaders of the outlawed Islamic Salvation Front have been freed from custody after serving their 12-year

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