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Guinea Swears in New Prime Minister

At his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Guinea's new Prime Minister, Jean-Marie Dore, promised to restructure the army and hold elections. Jean-Marie Dore assumed office as Guinea's new interim prime minister.  Outgoing Prime Minister Kabine Komara spoke at the ceremony. Mr. Komara asked his successor to consider restructuring Guinea's army.  He also spoke of the need to hold free and fair elections and to address Guinea's unemployment. Mr.

African Group with Al-Qaida Ties Says it Kidnapped Italian Couple

Italy says it will not negotiate with an al-Qaida group that has claimed responsibility for kidnapping two Italians in Mauritania. The North African al-Qaida branch known as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said on Sunday that it was behind the recent kidnapping of an Italian couple in Mauritania. In an audio message broadcast on al-Arabiya television on Monday, a spokesman for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said the group is behind this month's kidnapping of an Italian couple in Mauritania.