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"Kidnappings in northern Nigeria probably will become more frequent. As al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb comes under more pressure in northern Mali, it will use all available means, including its affiliate groups, to continue its insurgency." - From analysis by Stratfor, a private, U.S.-based global intelligence firm. An Islamic extremist group in Nigeria calling itself Ansaru claimed responsibilty for the kidnapping of seven foreign workers earlier today, according to the Associated Press. The group said the abduction was in retaliation "based on the transgression and atrocities shown to the religion of Allah by the European countries in many places such as Afghanistan and Mali."
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While investigators know roughly where the fire started, it may be up to a year before they have any definite answers about what caused the fire that stranded a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico for days. Senior investigator Patrick Cuty said the fire started in front of a generator, as ignition marks could be seen on the wall. The ship reported problems with its propulsion in January of this year. Investigators said they will know by the end of next week whether the generator involved was teh same one that the fire broke out in front of.
The fire suppression system appears to have worked correctly, but the vessel still lost power. Investigators say the large amount of work required to investigate what happened, including analysis of the ship's records and wiring, means the investigation could take as long as a year to complete.
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