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Ailing Bouteflika eyes 4th term as Algeria heads to polls

Algiers - Algerians vote Thursday in a presidential election, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to win despite his chronic health problems, warnings of fraud and opposition calls for a boycott.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria presidential campaign winds up with recriminations

Algiers - Final campaign rallies have been held for Algeria's presidential election after the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his only real rival Ali Benflis waged a war of words.
In the Media by Amer Ouali (AFP)

Reign of Algeria's Bouteflika marred by graft scandals

Algiers - Corruption, a recurring scourge for Algeria, has risen to the forefront of public life during President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's rule, fuelled by soaring oil prices and an the explosion in imports.
In the Media by Abdellah Cheballah (AFP)

Op-Ed: Is the Algerian Government trying to shut out the opposition?

In 2008, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika passed a constitutional amendment that removed presidential term limits. This allowed Bouteflika to seek a third term as president, a move that has drawn sharp criticism from even those within the regime.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington

Kerry throws down gauntlet to Israelis, Palestinians

Algiers - US Secretary of State John Kerry threw down a challenge to recalcitrant Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday, saying now was the time when they had to choose whether to make peace.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria's Bouteflika offers 'democracy' if re-elected

Algiers - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign chief promised on Sunday that constitutional changes would create a "broad democracy" if the ailing incumbent wins re-election next month.Former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal gave scant details of t...
In the Media by AFP

Campaign kicks off in Algeria's contested presidential vote

Algiers - Campaigning for Algeria's April 17 presidential election begins Sunday as criticism mounts of a bid by incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika to clinch a fourth term despite concerns over his health.
In the Media by Abdellah Cheballah (AFP)

Bouteflika supporters, opponents rally in Algeria

Algiers - Supporters and opponents of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to seek a fourth term in April elections staged rival demonstrations in the capital Algiers on Saturday.The 77-year-old's decision to seek re-election had been expected desp...
In the Media by AFP

Ten candidates sign up for Algeria president vote

Algiers - Ten candidates have registered to run in Algeria's April 17 presidential election, public radio said Wednesday, with 77-year-old incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to win a fourth term.
In the Media by AFP

Algeria's ailing Bouteflika to seek reelection

Algiers - Ailing 76-year-old Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will seek reelection to a fourth term in April, his office said in comments carried by national television Saturday.Bouteflika, who has been in power for 15 years, suffered a mini-stroke last y...
In the Media by AFP

Fallout from France's 1960 atomic bomb tests hit southern Europe

Way back on February 13, 1960, France tested its first atomic bomb, "Gerboise Bleue" (Blue Jerboa). Declassified documents released recently show that radiation from the test in the Algerian Sahara desert reached much further than they said at the time.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

Lone survivor found as Algeria plane crash kills 77

Oum El Bouaghi - A military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in Algeria's mountainous northeast, leaving just one survivor in one of the country's deadliest air disasters, the defence ministry said.President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced three days of national mour...
In the Media by Amal Belalloufi (AFP)

Algerian army plane crash leaves 103 dead

Algiers - An Algerian military aircraft crashed in the east of the country on Tuesday killing all 103 people on board, an Algerian security source said.The C-130 Hercules aircraft, which was flying to the eastern city of Constantine crashed "in poor weather cond...
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: Hiroo Onoda — The last Samurai

Tokyo - The Second World War was and will remain one of the darkest periods of our history, but it produced some astounding heroes; one of the last of whom died yesterday.
In the Media by Alexander Baron

Op-Ed: Assessing the World Cup 2014 Draw

The World Cup draw earlier turned up some shockers, with some of the best teams in the world pitted against each other so early in the tournament.
In the Media by Daryl Hammond - 1 comment

World Cup 2014 group stage draw

The draw for the group stages of the World Cup have churned out a number of tricky groups with several top teams set to face off in the group stages of the competition.
In the Media by Daryl Hammond - 2 comments

U.S. charge militant leader for gas plant hostage taking

U.S. prosecutors have filed charges towards an Al-Qaeda linked commander, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, over the hostage taking of an Algerian gas plant earlier this year that left over 60 people dead.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 1 comment

Report: Mossad recruiting Algerian youth

According to a report issued on Wednesday by an Algerian newsletter, Mossad, the Israeli spy agency, has begun to recruit Algerian youths to fight alongside the Syrian opposition, in the battle against Bashar al-Assad.
In the Media by Saunon Malek

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib denies death of leader

AQIM has released a statement published on Islamist internet sites denying French claims that it had killed one of it's leaders.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari

Stéphane Hessel, inspiration for the Indignados, dies aged 95

Stéphane Hessel, the former French resistance fighter, diplomat and political activist, often regarded as the inspiration for the Indignados movement, the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring, died in Paris on Tuesday at the age of 95.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment
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