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Merkel to visit Algeria on Monday: state media

Alger - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a visit to Algeria on Monday, her second since 2008, the official APS news agency reported.

Algeria president back home after Swiss medical tests

Alger - Algeria's frail President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke in 2013, returned home Saturday after undergoing a medical check-up in Switzerland, his office said.

Algeria faces prospect of president seeking fifth term

Alger - With no clear successor to longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algerians may well see their frail leader who rarely appears in public cling on for a fifth term in office.

Algeria showcases migrant expulsion in face of criticism

Tamanrasset - Accused of dumping thousands of migrants at the border in the desert, Algeria has opened up the doors of its air-conditioned expulsion buses to try to allay criticism of its treatment of deportees.

Algeria in mourning after its deadliest plane crash

Alger - Algerians on Thursday mourned 257 people killed in a military plane crash the day before, the country's worst-ever aviation catastrophe, with no indication yet of the cause.

257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria's worst air disaster

Boufarik - Algeria suffered its deadliest ever air catastrophe Wednesday when a military plane crashed near the capital, killing 257 people on board, mostly army personnel and their family members, officials said.

Military plane with 100 on board crashes in Algeria

Alger - An Algerian transport plane with around 100 army personnel on board crashed on Wednesday shortly after taking off from an airbase outside the capital.There was no immediate word on casualties after the plane went down near the Boufarik airbase.

France called for UN Security Council meeting over Syria: FM

Alger - France has called for a United Nations Security Council meeting over "humanitarian risks" as fighting escalates in Syria, its foreign minister said on Sunday in Algiers.

Happy 2968! Berber New Year becomes holiday in Algeria

Tizi Ouzou - Algerian Berbers marked their New Year as a public holiday Friday with feasts, dancing and horse parades, a first for the North Africa region where indigenous peoples have long suffered marginalisation.

Algeria breast cancer survivors shunned as 'half-women'

Alger - As if losing a breast to cancer was not traumatic enough, Algerian mother-of-three Linda was then spurned by her husband for being "mutilated" and a "half-woman"."Cancer?

6,000 IS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns

Alger - Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

Refugees in Algeria yearn for homeland in Western Sahara

A - Selembouha Dadi can only imagine the homeland she dreams of but has never seen, agonisingly out of reach beyond the Algerian refugee camp where she has spent her whole life."They tell me it was beautiful," the 25-year-old told AFP.

UN envoy meets WSahara independence leaders in bid to restart talks

Tindouf - The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, met leaders of an Algerian-backed independence movement Wednesday after visiting Morocco in a bid to get stalled peace talks back on track.

Algeria's PM sacked after less than three months in office

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Tuesday, less than three months after appointing him, according to a presidential statement carried by state media.

Algeria ruling coalition wins legislative elections

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's party and its coalition ally have won a clear majority in parliamentary elections, the interior ministry said Friday of a vote marred by a low turnout.

Polisario dismisses Morocco pullback as 'window dressing'

Alger - Polisario separatists have dismissed as "window dressing" Morocco's announcement of a pullback from a zone of the contested Western Sahara that has raised tensions with their Algiers-backed movement.

Merkel scraps Algiers trip due to Bouteflika poor health

Alger - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called off a visit to Algeria on Monday "at the last minute" because President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was suffering acute bronchitis, the two countries announced.

Polisario on alert along W.Sahara sand barrier

Tindouf - Behind a long sand wall winding through the disputed Western Sahara, leaders battling for the independence of the former Spanish colony say they are on alert.

Polisario mulls 'all options' for W. Sahara independence

Tindouf - The head of Western Sahara's Polisario Front has said "all options are open" in its struggle for independence from Morocco, which re-joined the African Union this week.

Gang violence on the rise on edges of Algerian cities

Alger - Tired of living in fear of gang violence, Karima and her children left the drab satellite town of Ali Mendjeli near Constantine in northeast Algeria to seek refuge with in-laws.
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