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France Says Woman Has Been Kidnapped in Yemen

France's President Francois Hollande delivers a speech on the situation in Mali at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. French forces began backing Malian soldiers Friday in their fight against radical Islamists, drawing the former colonial power into a military operation to oust the al-Qaida-linked militants nine months after they seized control of northern Mali. French President Francois Hollande said that the operation would last "as long as necessary" and said it was aimed notably at protecting the 6,000 French citizens in Mali. Kidnappers currently hold seven French hostages in the country. (AP)

PARIS (AP) -- The French Foreign Ministry says that a Frenchwoman working for an international organization has been kidnapped in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

The ministry said the kidnapping occurred on Tuesday morning, but gave no further details.

Yemen, the base for an al-Qaida affiliate, has recently devolved into chaos.

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