PARIS - Three hostages kidnapped more than five months ago in Niger near a uranium mine exploited by the French nuclear energy firm Areva have been released, the French government said.

PARIS - The International Criminal Police Organisation - or Interpol - has seized fake goods worth $200 million in year-long operations in South America targeting organised criminal counterfeiting networks.

PARIS/TUNIS - The international police organisation Interpol said it has issued a global alert for the arrest of Tunisia's ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his six relatives.

PARIS - A hacker took over French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Facebook account and issued a fake message that he would not run for re-election in 2012, media reports said Monday.

TUNIS/PARIS - At least 50 people were killed Saturday in a Tunisian prison fire or by jail guards shooting at prisoners seeking to escape the flames, medical sources and eyewitnesses said.
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