Africa Weekly: Mali insurgents free hostages | AFP

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse and French and Italian hostages have been freed by jihadist insurgents in Mali after they were kidnapped and held captive — for as long as four years in the case of French aid worker Sophie Petronin. A Kenyan court found two men guilty for their part in aiding Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013 and athletes Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey both smash track records in Valencia, wearing Nike’s controversial Vaporfly shoes.

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Son of Mali hostage Sophie Pétronin expects more from France

A week ago, Frenchman Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin headed to the Sahel region in West Africa with the hope of obtaining his mother’s release. She was running a charity helping orphans when she was kidnapped by armed men in Gao, northern Mali, in December 2016. No group claimed responsibility for kidnapping until July 2017, when Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch released a video showing her. In a interview with AFPTV, he says the French state “isn’t doing enough.”