Militants with possible links to al Qaeda seized about 40 foreign hostages, including several Americans, at a natural-gas field in Algeria, posing a new level of threat to nations trying to blunt the growing influence of Islamist extremists in Africa.
U.S. and European officials said Wednesday that they received reports that three Americans had been kidnapped, out of a total of nine U.S. staff working at the site, a gas field in east-central Algeria, along the Libyan border operated by BP, Norway's Statoil ASA, and Algerian energy company Sonatrach.
A U.S. official said that while some Americans escaped, others remained either held or unaccounted for.
The lavish inaugural festivities kick off in just a couple of days. Will the President be wining and dining while the fate of Americans remains unknown? Sounds similar to ...
By the evening of that next day, Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama was jetting off to a campaign fundraiser in Las Vegas, followed by parties with Jay-Z and Beyonce. Chris Stevens was already out of sight, out of mind.
Nix the flags and the podium. Cue the opulent 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.
When President Obama addresses an elite roster of hipsters and multimillionaires, including hosts Beyoncé and Jay-Z, in New York tonight, he will do so next to a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne that dominates the main room at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub.
One of the hostages explained how they were made to wear explosives.
Meanwhile everyone buzzes over who the First Couple will wear on Monday as the Capitol spends $4.2 million in preparation for the festivities.
Will action on the missing Americans wait until after the celebrations, as it seemed with Benghazi and the fundraisers?
Is Obama on-call 24-7 for this?