Reading While Eating for Jan. 18: Tumult in Algeria

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: The Algerian hostage crisis remains unresolved and Lance Armstrong tells Oprah he used performance enhancing drugs.

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Algerian Islamists clash with security forces during a protest against the decision taken by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to allow French fighter jets to fly in Algerian airspace, in the capital Algiers on January 18. Islamist hostage-takers at a remote Algerian gas field on Friday demanded a prisoner swap and an end to the French military campaign in Mali, a report said.

Algerian Hostage Crisis Remains Unresolved. Most of the hostages being held at a remote gas field facility have been freed since militants seized the area on Wednesday, but some still remain unaccounted for. Reports indicate that dozens—both hostages and militants—have been killed. (New York Times)

France the Real Target? That’s one theory. France announced a week ago that it would be staging a military intervention in Mali against forces linked to al-Qaeda. (

Is Lance Armstrong the World’s Biggest Liar? The former seven-time Tour de France champion confessed to blood doping during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last night. (Washington Post)

How to Fake Like You Know About Art. Lying about using performance enhancing drugs may not be a something you need to worry about, but everybody needs to sound smarter at the museum once in a while. (Flavorwire)

Oprah’s 12 Biggest Scoops. Armstrong wasn’t the first to sit down with Oprah and confess his secrets—just the most recent. (mental_floss)

Where Are the Guys from “Mean Girls” Now? Admit it, it’s the question you never asked but now can’t wait to have answered. (BuzzFeed)

Still Catching Up on Golden Globes Fashion? A few folks wore pink. Some pulled it off better than others. (Go Fug Yourself)

Seth Rogen to Guest Star on The Mindy Project. The episodes will air later this spring. (Divanee)

“Whites Only” Laundry? The NYC sketch comedy group TheBilderbergers explores the potential pitfalls of a laundromat with a limited focus. (YouTube via The Daily What)