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Algeria

WATCH: First Video Of Hostages Freed In Algeria

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ALGIERS - Amidst conflicting reports of the fate of perhaps hundreds of hostages from a showdown between an Islamist terror group and Algerian security forces, the Algerian government has released the first video of some of those freed at the gas treatment facility in the remote southern part of the country.

There are reports of perhaps dozens of casualties amongst an estimated 41 Western employees and several hundred Algerian workers taken captive by a radical group at the gas facility jointly run by foreign energy companies.

The state-run television report shows both Algerians and Westerners freed. They are asked repeatedly to comment on the work of the Algerian security operation, as questions have arisen about the government's decision to launch a blitz so soon after the Wednesday attack. The English speakers begin at about the 6:30 mark of the video:

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Feminists Infiltrate The “Incelosphere” — Where Toxic Content Warps Modern Masculinity

An increasing number of male teens and young adults who've experienced feelings of rejection wind up in what's been dubbed the “incelosphere,” a place where they can find mutual understanding in a world they think is against them. Two women Polish journalists spent two years on the online servers these “beta males” are flocking to in ever greater numbers.

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Watching over "beta males" and their online toxic masculinity

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Patrycja Wieczorkiewicz

In her book For The Love Of Men: From Toxic To A More Mindful Masculinity, Canadian feminist writer Liz Plank explained that the struggle of women can never be one without confronting the crisis of manhood.

Plank is part of the forward-thinking feminist researchers and authors who've dedicated a significant amount of their work to the problems of men and masculinity, always sure to arouse suspicion. In reality, from a young age, we are forced into one of two oppressive patterns – masculinity and femininity – which in turn shape our behavior and our choices.

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