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African immigrant found inside tiny suitcase

Shocking footage has emerged after a man tried to smuggle a 19-year-old African immigrant into Spanish territory.

The video released by Guardia Civil shows the young man, who is thought to come from Mali, appearing dazed as officers uncover him in the suitcase.

A 39-year-old Moroccan man was arrested after dropping the bag and fleeing when asked for a baggage check, officials said.

The incident occurred on the North African border of Morocco and the Spanish enclave Melilla.

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Hammond: UK and France 'natural partners' in defence

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Britain and France are "natural partners for defence co-operation" after the Prime Minister announced a series of deals.

Mr Hammond said in a statement:

We have made substantial progress since the Lancaster House Treaty was signed in 2010 and today we have committed ourselves to go further still.

The agreements we have reached at this Summit will improve the inter-operability of our forces, enhance our joint equipment procurement and build on our capacity to support security and stability in places such as Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic.

Read: PM and Hollande agree defence and nuclear deals

UN agency to airlift thousands of foreigners from CAR

A UN migration agency is due to start airlifting thousands of foreign nationals from the Central African Republic, following appeals from neighbouring African countries.

Nigerians airlifted from the Central African Republic Credit: Reuters

The International Organization for Migration has said the first three IOM charter flights this weekend will repatriate some 800 Chadians from the war torn CAR capital of Bangui to the Chadian capital N’Djamena.

In a statement, the IOM added: "IOM has received requests for assistance from Chad, Niger, Mali, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to evacuate thousands of their most vulnerable, stranded nationals.

"The organisation is also working with Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon to provide post arrival re-integration assistance to migrants evacuated by their governments."

More than 1,000 migrants rescued off Italian coast

More than 1,000 migrants attempting to reach Europe by boat have been rescued by the Italian navy in just 24 hours.

Navy helicopters spotted four overcrowded boats struggling to stay afloat south of Sicily on Thursday and ships were sent to save them, the navy said in a statement.

Italian Navy footage of an overcrowded migrant ship off the coast of Sicily. Credit: APTN/Marina Militare

The 823 men, women and children aboard the four vessels were from countriesincluding Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq and Tunisia.

Migrants sit in a Marina Militare vessel during a rescue operation by the Italian navy. Credit: REUTERS/Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters

In a separate operation, 233 migrants from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia, Mali and Pakistan were rescued by the Navy and taken to a port near Syracuse on Sicily's eastern coast.

Italian Navy footage of a migrant ship off the coast of Sicily. Credit: APTN/Marina Militare

Italy is a major gateway into Europe for many migrants seeking a better life, and sea arrivals to the country from Northern Africa more than tripled in 2013, fuelled by refugees in Syria's civil war and strife in the Horn of Africa.

French troops arriving to Central African Republic

French soldiers were cheered on Saturday as they began patrolling densely-populated neighbourhoods of Central African Republic's capital Bangui, which has been rocked by waves of killings between Muslim and Christian communities.

French soldier stands guard in Bangui, CAR Credit: REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

France is deploying 1,600 troops to its former colony. At least 400 people have died in three days of violence between the Seleka rebel group and Christian self-defence militias.

Read: UK in talks on Central African Republic military support

Central African Republic has been gripped by chaos since Seleka toppled former President Francois Bozize and embarked on months of looting, rapes and killings.

This is the second major French military operation in Africa this year. It comes just months after France deployed 4,000 troops to oust al Qaeda-linked Islamist groups which had seized control of northern Mali.

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French journalists killed in Mali were shot

Two journalists from France kidnapped and killed in northern Mali were shot, French authorities say.

Ghislaine Dupont, 51, and Claude Verlon, 58, were abducted on Saturday after interviewing a rebel leader in Kidal.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the two were shot multiple times and their bodies were found near the vehicle that whisked them away.

But Mr Fabius failed to clarify who was behind the killings and why the pair was targeted.

France: Journalists 'coldly assassinated' in Mali

Two French journalists killed in northern Mali on Saturday were "coldly assassinated", France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius has said.

He added that "terrorists" were behind the "heinous and revolting" attack and security in the Kidal region of the west African country would be increased.

The bodies of French journalists Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were found by a French patrol. Credit: APTN

Speaking after a special cabinet meeting to discuss the deaths, Mr Fabius said: "Security in the area and the surrounding areas, especially for French nationals, will be increased".

French army had 'no contact with Mali kidnappers'

The bodies of French journalists Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were found by a French patrol. Credit: APTN

France's army never had any visual or physical contact with the gunmen who killed two French journalists in northern Mali on Saturday, an army official said.

Armed Forces spokesman Colonel Gilles Jarron said the bodies of the two reporters had been found by a French patrol some 10 kms (6 miles) to the east of Kidal after they were tipped off by a local resident that the journalists had been taken.

Two French helicopters arrived on the scene 50 minutes after the patrol found their bodies, he said. Earlier, several French media reports said a French helicopter had tracked the kidnappers's vehicles after the abduction.

The deaths come four days after France rejoiced at the release of four French citizens held for three years by al Qaida's affiliate in North Africa.

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