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Algeria army chief renews support for president after interim term ends

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:56 PM

A presidential election planned for early July has been scrapped, de facto extending interim president Abdelkader Bensalah's presidency for an undetermined period

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Algerian speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, is pictured during a parliamentary session at the Palais des Nations in the Algerian capital Algiers on April 9, 2019, after lawmakers named him as interim president. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Thousands protest in Algeria capital, break police cordon

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Protesters continue to pressure regime insiders to step down, more than 3 months after forcing former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down

Algerians wave the national flag as they demonstrate to demand sweeping change to the country's whole political system, in Algiers on April 3, 2019, following the resignation of ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. - The 82-year-old president ceded power in the face of massive street demonstrations that have shaken the North African nation, with state media announcing late Tuesday he had submitted his resignation with immediate effect. (Photo by RYAD KRAMDI / AFP)

Algeria ex-PM questioned in widening probe into longtime elite

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:36 PM

He is the latest prominent figure to be caught up in the widening fraud probe launched by prosecutors since the ailing Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to step down in early April following weeks of mass protests

PROBE. In this file photo, then Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia speaks during an ordinary session of The National Rally for Democracy political party, in Zeralda near the capital Algiers on January 31, 2019. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Algeria top official quits as students keep up protest

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:21 PM

(UPDATED) The 70-year-old is one of the top figures targeted by demonstrators in mass rallies which prompted the departure of Abdelaziz Bouteflika this month

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2014, then Algerian Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz announces the results of the presidential election during a press conference in Algiers. File photo by Farouk Batiche/AFP

Algeria protests defy police to keep up pressure on regime

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The appointment of upper house speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as Algeria's first new president in 20 years has failed to meet the demands of demonstrators

MORE PROTESTS. Algerian protesters wave their national flag as they demonstrate during an an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on April 12, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Algeria lawmakers elect first new president in 20 years

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The election of Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president follows constitutional rules but goes against the demands of demonstrators, who have pushed for him and other top politicians to stand down

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Algerian speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, is pictured during a parliamentary session at the Palais des Nations in the Algerian capital Algiers on April 9, 2019, after lawmakers named him as interim president. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Algerians demand sweeping change as Bouteflika era ends

Apr 04, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Many Algerians have never known any president other than Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who held power for two decades but was rarely seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013

CHANGE. Algerians wave the national flag as they demonstrate to demand sweeping change to the country's whole political system, in Algiers on April 3, 2019, following the resignation of ailing leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Algeria's Bouteflika to resign 'before mandate ends'

Apr 02, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The 82-year-old, who has rarely been seen in public since a 2013 stroke, has been clinging to power as pressure mounted for weeks over attempts to prolong his 20-year rule

OUSTER CALL. Protesters rally to demand an end to Algerian president Bouteflika's rule on March 31, 2019, in Marseille. Photo by Boris Horvat/AFP

Key coalition partner demands Algeria's Bouteflika quit

Mar 27, 2019 - 10:01 PM

The National Rally for Democracy says it 'recommends the resignation of the president...with the aim of smoothing the period of transition'

CALL FOR RESIGNATION. File picture dated January 31, 2019 shows Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia addressing an ordinary session of The National Rally for Democracy political party, in Zeralda near the capital Algiers. The coalition ally of Algeria's ruling party called on March 27, 2019 for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign. File photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Thousands of Algerians protest despite Bouteflika vow not to run

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

The crowd at Algiers' landmark Grand Poste square is growing, hours before the scheduled start of a demonstration calling on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down after two decades in power

PROTEST. A child holds a protest sign as Algerians prepare for the first Friday rallies since the president's surprise announcement this week that he would not seek re-election but was cancelling April polls, in central Algiers on March 15, 2019. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

Algerian TV producer dies after setting himself on fire

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:10 PM

61-year-old Youcef Goucem lit himself ablaze at the Dzair TV office, claiming he had not been paid by the private channel for his work

Catholic Church beatifies 19 slain clerics in Algeria's Oran

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers pays tribute to 'the thousands and thousands of victims of the Algerian civil war,' describing them as anonymous heroes

CHURCH. Jean-Paul Vesco, the French Dominican Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oran, speaks during a spiritual vigil at the Cathedral of St Mary in Agleria's northwestern city of Oran on December 7, 2018, ahead of the beatification of 7 French monks and 12 other clergymen killed during the Algerian civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

East Africa may lose its crown as 'cradle of mankind'

Nov 30, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The findings suggest that the ancestors of modern people were present in north Africa at least 600,000 years earlier than scientists thought

NEW DISCOVERY. This handout image obtained November 29, 2018 shows an Oldowan core (stone tool) freshly excavated at Ain Boucherit from which sharp-edged cutting flakes were removed. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED SAHNOUNI/HANDOUT

Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Rights groups accuse the Algerian authorities of arbitrarily arresting and deporting migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes dumping them in the desert

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of fire trucks with their sirens wailing rushed to the scene of the crash about 25 kilometers southwest of Algiers

CRASH SITE. Rescuers and security forces are seen around the wreckage of an Algerian army plane which crashed near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off on April 11, 2018. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

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

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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