Rudolph Atallah, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, testified at a House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on “The Growing Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region.”
On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
8 people have been killed after a blast hit a minibus in Vladikavkaz. According to the BBC, the bomb was planted outside a busy market in the North Caucasus town. Vladikavkaz is the capital of North Ossetia which has, like neighbouring Ingushetia and Chechnya, suffered sporadic violence from militant groups. Investigators say the attack was well prepared and believe that the bomb may have been detonated by a female suicide attacker.
North Ossetia was the scene of the Beslan school siege in 2004, when pro-Chechen militants seized schoolchildren and teachers. It ended with more than 300 people dead after a bungled assault by Russian troops. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Russia's President Dmitri Medvedev has ordered an investigation into the blast by the FSB.