Sep 1, 2014

Doctors Without Borders hostage freed in Congo

An employee of Doctors Without Borders held hostage for more than a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been freed, the medical aid group said on Sunday. “Chantal is free,” a spokeswoman for the aid group, also known by its French name ...

French engineer kidnapped in Nigeria in 2012 freed

Nov 17, 2013

French engineer kidnapped in Nigeria in 2012 freed

A French engineer taken hostage by Islamist militants in Nigeria, Francis Collomp, has been freed after nearly a year in captivity, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday. In a statement, Hollande expressed thanks to Nigerian authorities for helping to secure the release of 63-year-old ...

Feb 8, 2013

Firms put N. Africa projects on hold

North African countries have been a magnet for Western and Japanese businesses thanks to sizeable gas and oil deposits, proximity to the European market and the potential of their internal markets driven by young, growing populations. Some firms, however, are re-evaluating the benefits versus ...

Naming slain captives raises privacy issues

Jan 25, 2013

Naming slain captives raises privacy issues

by Masami Ito

The victims’ right to privacy was pitted against the public’s right to know as the media pressed for the names of the Algerian hostage crisis victims to be disclosed while the government and JGC Corp. remained tight-lipped, but Tokyo finally caved Friday, revealing the ...

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Jan 23, 2013

Two Algerians with ties to JGC questioned

Algerian authorities are grilling two Algerian kitchen workers who had been serving food to employees of the Japanese company JGC Corp. at a natural gas complex in the Sahara, suspecting the pair provided inside information to the Islamic militants who took scores of foreign ...