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Merkel visits Algiers in bid to curb Africa migrant flow

Feb 20, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Algeria is a key actor in seeking to stabilize neighboring Libya which has lacked a functioning government since the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi and has become the main gateway for African migrants bound for Italy

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech on the 2nd day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MCS) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 18, 2017. Photo by Christof Stache / AFP

OPEC boosts oil price with output cut

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED It represents a dramatic reversal from OPEC s Saudi led strategy introduced in 2014 of flooding the market to force out rivals in particular US shale oil producers

The logo of OPEC is pictured at the OPEC headquarters on the eve of the 171th meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, on November 29, 2016.  Joe Klamar/AFP

Algeria, Indonesia group to invest $4.5B in mining

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:37 PM

The deals were signed by Algerian public companies Asmidal and Manal and Indonesia s Indorama Corporation

34 migrants found dead in Niger desert – authorities

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:21 AM

The bodies of 34 migrants including 20 children who were abandoned by people smugglers while trying to reach neighboring Algeria were found in the Niger desert last week

Algerian lawmakers to vote on constitutional reforms

Feb 07, 2016 - 7:53 PM

Authorities say a proposed package of constitutional reforms will strengthen democracy but opponents doubt it will bring real change

An exterior view shows the headquarter of the National People's Assembly (APN) in Algiers, Algeria, May 26, 2012. Mohamed Messara/EPA

30,000 sign petition to award French nationality to Bataclan guard

Jan 17, 2016 - 2:08 PM

The 35 year old guard was at the venue of the Paris attacks and twice went inside to help terrified people get out as gunmen were killing concert goers

PARIS ATTACKS. A general view of damage outside the Bataclan concert venue in Paris, France, November 13, 2015, where a gunman has reportedly taken people hostage. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Belmokhtar's jihadist group says it's Qaeda branch

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:11 PM

Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar allegedly masterminded the 2013 siege of an Algerian gas plant in which 38 hostages mainly Westerners were killed

KILLED. An undated handout picture made available by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on 15 June 2015 shows Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist fighter affiliated with al-Qaeda in North Africa. FBI/EPA

Air Algerie crash victims' families mark one year since tragedy

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:21 AM

Families are asking that unidentified victims remains be flown from Mali for burial

ONE YEAR. A picture made available July 28, 2014 shows debris at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017, near the town of Goss, north of Bamako, Mali, July 27, 2014. File photo by STR/EPA

Violence flares in Libya ahead of UN-backed peace talks

Apr 12, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Talks are due to resume on Monday April 13 in Algiers and focus on the formation of a government of national unity as well as security issues

Libya talks to resume in Algiers Monday

Apr 11, 2015 - 10:59 AM

The United Nations has said the talks would focus on the formation of a government of national unity as well as security measures in Libya

NEGOTIATIONS. Algerian Minister for African and Maghreb Affairs Abdelader Messahel (C-L), and UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon (C-R) take part in talks with representatives of Libyan political leaders and activists as part of an effort to resolve the conflict in Libya, Algiers, Algeria, 10 March 2015. File photo from EPA

More than 30 jihadist groups support ISIS – monitoring center

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:04 PM

A list published by the center which monitors extremist groups shows these 31 organizations are dotted across the world in an arc going from Algeria in the west to Indonesia in the east

An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIS fighters raising their weapons as they stand on a vehicle mounted with the trademark Jihadists flag at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province, Iraq. File Photo by Al-Furqan Media/AFP

Libyan pro-government warplanes launch strikes near Tripoli

Mar 24, 2015 - 11:37 AM

The strikes come as peace talks continued in Morocco and a UN special envoy met both sides

NEGOTIATIONS. Algerian Minister for African and Maghreb Affairs Abdelader Messahel (C-L), and UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon (C-R)take part in talks with representatives of Libyan political leaders and activists as part of an effort to resolve the conflict in Libya, Algiers, Algeria, 10 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Northern African cities lead the way as continent changes – report

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:31 PM

Report: North African cities are leading the way as the continent and its growing middle class lay down solid economic roots which are very appealing to investors

HUSTLE AND BUSTLE. A general view of boats on the west bank of Nile River in front of the Cairo University Bridge near high-rise buildings in Giza governate, greater Cairo, Egypt, 07 November 2014. Ben Wenz/EPA

Libyan parties in Algiers urge 'immediate' ceasefire

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:23 AM

Envoys of 6 parties and 5 activists said their Algiers declaration aim to send a strong clear and united message on their commitment to consider dialogue as the only way forward and to reject violence

NEGOTIATIONS. Algerian Minister for African and Maghreb Affairs Abdelader Messahel (C-L), and UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon (C-R)take part in talks with representatives of Libyan political leaders and activists as part of an effort to resolve the conflict in Libya, Algiers, Algeria, 10 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Algeria power vacuum due to ailing president – opposition

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:37 AM

A key Algerian opposition figure says the country has slumped into a power vacuum because of aging President Abdelaziz Bouteflika s ailing health

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, re-elected for a fourth mandate, during the oath of office in Algiers, Algeria, 28 April 2014. Mohamed Messara/EPA

Algerian novelist and women's rights defender Assia Djebar dies

Feb 07, 2015 - 8:46 PM

UPDATED The French language author and filmmaker was seen as a contender for the Nobel literature prize

IMMORTAL. Algerian writer Assia Djebar (L) is pictured with French Academician Alain Decaux, (R) French-speaking communities specialist before giving a speech at the Academie Francaise 22 June 2006 in Paris. France's most prestigious cultural institution the Academie Francaise received its first ever member from the former north African colonies today as Algerian novelist and film-maker Assia Djebar was formally inducted as an "immortal". Djebar, 69, has written more than 15 novels in French as well as poetry and short stories, receiving widespread acclaim for her treatment of Muslim women and their struggle for emancipation. She is currently professor of French literature at the University of New York. Center is French Academician writer Rene de Obaldia. Photo by AFP/Olivier Laban-Mattei

Algeria kills jihadist chief behind Frenchman's murder

Dec 23, 2014 - 8:39 PM

The body of Abdelmalek Gouri who claimed responsibility for the beheading of Frenchman Herve Gourdel is identified after an operation in the town of Isser

HOSTAGE. An image grab taken from a video released by Jund al-Khilifa group via YouTube on September 22, 2014, allegedly shows French tourist, Herve Pierre Gourdel (C), sitting between two armed jihadists at an undisclosed location. Jund al-Khilafa via YouTube/Handout/AFP

US worker beheads colleague after being sacked

Sep 27, 2014 - 9:03 AM

Alton Nolen 30 appears to have chosen his victims at random with no immediate indication of a link with terrorism

RANDOM TARGETS. A picture released by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections dated 2012 shows Alton Alexander Nolen, the man who allegedly beheaded a woman on September 25, 2014 at Vaughn Foods distribution plant in Moore, Oklahoma, USA, and stabbed a second person after recently being fired from his job. File photo from Oklahoma Department of Corrections/HANDOUT/EPA

US strikes ISIS oil refineries in Syria

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:08 AM

US Saudi and Emirati warplanes broaden their bombardment to target the oil installations in eastern Syria that have helped fund the jihadist group s brutal rise from rebel faction to alleged global threat

The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Garst

Jihadists behead Frenchman seized in Algeria

Sep 24, 2014 - 11:28 PM

UPDATED President Francois Hollande vowed France would not give in to blackmail saying the cruel and cowardly murder of Herve Gourdel will only strengthen France s resolve to pursue its air war against the Islamic State group in Iraq

ISIS-linked group threatens to kill French hostage in Algeria

Sep 23, 2014 - 8:35 AM

The Algerian group Jund al Khilifa said in a video that they would kill French national Herve Pierre Gourdel unless Paris halts air strikes on the extremists in Iraq

HOSTAGE. An image grab taken from a video released by Jund al-Khilifa group via YouTube on September 22, 2014, allegedly shows French tourist, Herve Pierre Gourdel (C), sitting between two armed jihadists at an undisclosed location. Jund al-Khilafa via YouTube/Handout/AFP

Algerian diplomats freed after two years' captivity in Mali

Aug 31, 2014 - 1:36 AM

Three jihadist groups Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb AQIM Ansar Dine and MUJAO in 2012 took control of much of the desert north of Mali including the three main towns of Kidal Gao and Timbuktu

RELEASED. The Algerian diplomats were released 'after intense and tireless efforts' by authorities in 'the utmost discretion', the Algerian foreign ministry says. File photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Investigators scour through debris at Air Algerie crash site

Jul 27, 2014 - 7:54 PM

French investigators scour through the debris of a shattered Air Algerie jetliner in Mali s remote desert north to get to the cause of the third global air disaster in eight days

AFTERMATH. A French soldier and a journalist look at debris of the Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. Photo by Sia Kambou / AFP

Experts to begin probe into Air Algerie crash

Jul 27, 2014 - 8:51 AM

Officials had reached Mali s remote barren Gossi area described a scene of devastation littered with twisted and burnt fragments of the plane

Air Algerie crash wipes out entire families

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:29 AM

The scale of the tragedy for some communities is becoming clear as it emerged that 10 members of one French family died in the crash

Rappler Newscast | July 25, 2014

Jul 25, 2014 - 7:46 PM

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Wreckage of Air Algerie plane found in Mali

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The jet carrying 116 passengers is clearly identified even though it had disintegrated

Air Algerie plane with 116 passengers crashes

Jul 24, 2014 - 5:01 PM

7th UPDATE Air Algerie confirms the plane crashed in Tilemsi Mali Reports indicate the wreckage has been found

World Cup: Germany beats Algeria 2-1 to qualify for quarterfinals

Jul 01, 2014 - 4:09 PM

The 3 time champions looked to Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil to get them past a gritty Algeria and reach the quarterfinals

GERMANY ESCAPES. Germany's Mesut Oezil (R) celebrates with Andre Schuerrle after scoring the 2-0 lead to escape Algeria, 2-1, and punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. Photo by Andreas Gebert/EPA

World Cup: Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 to make African football history

Jun 23, 2014 - 5:37 AM

Algeria put themselves in pole position to reach the World Cup knock out stages for the first time becoming the first African team to score 4 goals in a World Cup match

GOAL FEST. Islam Slimani (C) of Algeria celebrates after scoring the opening goal against South Korea. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA

World Cup: Fellaini inspires Belgium comeback against Algeria

Jun 18, 2014 - 3:24 AM

Manchester United misfit Marouane Fellaini came off the bench to inspire a dramatic Belgian fightback against Algeria

UNITED WE STAND. Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United celebrates his 1-1 equalizer against Algeria. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

First MERS death in Algeria: ministry

Jun 11, 2014 - 8:46 AM

The 59 year old victim is among the first two cases of the deadly MERS virus to be discovered in Algeria in late May

Bouteflika sworn in as Algeria president for 4th term

Apr 28, 2014 - 11:43 PM

The 77 year old who was sitting in a wheelchair when he took his oath has hardly been seen in public since the mini stroke that confined him to hospital for 3 months last year

SWORN IN. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, re-elected for a fourth mandate, during his oath of office in Algiers, Algeria, 28 April 2014. Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Gunmen kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush: ministry

Apr 21, 2014 - 8:25 AM

The attack occurs in a region east of Algiers where discontent with newly re elected President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was most evident during the elections

Algeria 'silencing critics' in run-up to polls: Amnesty Int’l

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:16 AM

Amnesty International has accused Algerian authorities of scaling the clampdown and showing they will not tolerate public criticism at any level

Algeria president appears in public amid worry at vote bid

Mar 04, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Key figures from Algeria s political classes the military and civil society groups have added their voices to a growing chorus of dissent over a new mandate for the veteran head of state

FOURTH TERMER? Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika signs the official presidential candidature documents in Algiers, Algeria, 03 March 2014. EPA/APS Handout

Algeria plane crash survivor found: emergency services

Feb 11, 2014 - 10:10 PM

The C 130 Hercules aircraft was carrying 103 passengers

Bodies of 87 migrants found in Niger desert – sources

Oct 31, 2013 - 12:10 PM

All died in early October after a failed attempt to reach Algeria that began in late September

US charges ex-head of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Jul 20, 2013 - 8:19 AM

Mokhtar Belmokhtar allegedly masterminded the deadly January siege at an Algerian gas plant

Life and Style wRap: Sherpas, plastics, the Pope

Jun 23, 2013 - 1:15 PM

Inexperienced Nepalese porters Pope Francis and a beauty pageant make news

BRING BACK THE CROWN. The Miss Algeria beauty pageant returns after 10 years

Filipino survivors of Algeria siege back in PH

Jan 29, 2013 - 9:57 PM

A total of 8 Filipinos were killed and 1 remains missing after the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas field

HOSTAGE. Satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe from October 8, 2012 shows Amenas, Algeria. Islamist militants held dozens of foreign hostages and hundreds of Algerian workers hostage in a gas field located approximately 45 km from the city. AFP Photo/Digitalglobe

Filipino death toll from Algeria siege rises to 8

Jan 25, 2013 - 12:28 PM

The 8th Philippine fatality in Algeria is a male the DFA says

7th Filipino fatality in Algeria carnage identified

Jan 24, 2013 - 3:39 PM

A seventh worker from the Philippines has been confirmed killed in last week s siege by Islamic militants of a remote natural gas plant in Algeria the Department of Foreign Affairs DFA said Thursday

HOSTAGE CRISIS This undated hand out picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows a road sign near the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. AFP PHOTO / STATOIL / KJETIL ALSVIK

Algeria gas workers balance risks and rewards

Jan 23, 2013 - 12:05 PM

The work is dangerous in itself Whether you re in the North Sea or in Algeria on an oil rig you work with pressure and explosives

HOSTAGE CRISIS This undated hand out picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows a road sign near the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. AFP PHOTO / STATOIL / KJETIL ALSVIK

Algeria: 37 foreigners killed in gas plant siege

Jan 22, 2013 - 8:49 AM

UPDATED Thirty seven foreigners of eight different nationalities as well as an Algerian were killed by hostage takers in a well planned attack on a remote gas plant

Rappler Newscast | January 21, 2013

Jan 22, 2013 - 1:35 AM

Senate President Enrile offers to quit but 11 senators vote to keep him in power | A Tubbataha park official says the US Navy ship stuck in the reef ignored warnings to avoid the area | 6 Filipinos are confirmed dead in the Algeria gas field hostage crisis

Pinoys used as human shields in Algeria - survivor

Jan 21, 2013 - 5:58 PM

Whenever government troops tried to shoot at the enemy we were used as human shields says a Filipino survivor of the bloodbath in Algeria

PINOY SURVIVOR. Joseph Balmaceda, one of the survivors of the siege by Islamic militants on a gas plant in Algeria, complains of chest pains inflicted on him during the siege, at a press conference at the office of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Manila on January 21, 2013, shortly after arriving in the capital city. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

DFA: 6 Pinoys killed in Algeria

Jan 21, 2013 - 2:01 PM

3rd UPDATE 4 other Filipinos are missing says the Department of Foreign Affairs

HOSTAGE CRISIS This undated hand out picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows a road sign near the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. AFP PHOTO / STATOIL / KJETIL ALSVIK

France launches 'total reconquest' of Mali's north

Jan 21, 2013 - 9:12 AM

French troops on Sunday January 20 consolidated gains in Mali s Islamist held north as Paris said the aim was its total reconquest and Canada Germany and Russia offered vital aid for the offensive

IN MALI. French soldiers from the 5th RHC (Combat Helicopter Regiment) walk on the flight path on January 20, 2013 at the 101st airbase near Bamako. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

25 bodies of foreigners found after Algeria bloodbath

Jan 20, 2013 - 9:34 PM

Witnesses said 9 Japanese hostages had been executed and their bodies were among the 25

HOSTAGE CRISIS This undated hand out picture released by Norway's energy group Statoil on January 17, 2013 shows a road sign near the In Amenas gas field in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border. AFP PHOTO / STATOIL / KJETIL ALSVIK