Algeria failed to act on a U.N. request to block off the street in Algiers where its offices were sited and the building was later bombed, killing at least 41 people, a senior U.N. official said on Jan. 16. Seventeen U.N. staff, mainly employees of the UNDP, were among those killed in two bombings on Dec. 11. A group called Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility. UNDP chief Kemal Dervis said that following the blast U.N. staff in half a dozen countries had been asked to work from home due to a growing perception that the world body was a target for bombers. (Reuters)

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