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French president confirms body is that of geologist Philippe Verdon who was kidnapped in 2011 by al-Qaeda-linked rebels.
Body of Philippe Verdon believed to have been killed by his al-Qaeda captors found, according to investigators.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb posts statement on Twitter saying it is open to negotiations to free eight captives.
Man claiming to be spokesman for al-Qaeda says Philippe Verdon beheaded "in response" to French intervention in Mali.
Three people taken hostage and a fourth killed in the ancient tourist city of Timbuktu, according to security sources.
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