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An Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday over Mali with 116 passengers and crew, including 50 French nationals, on board probably crashed, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. "Despite intensive searches, no trace of the plane has been found as we speak," he said in Paris. The searches are focusing at this stage on a vast strip of Malian territory around the region of Gao," in the north of the west African nation, he said. Flight AH5017, which originated in Ouagadougou and was bound for Algiers, went missing in the early morning amid reports of heavy storms, company sources and officials said.