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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.

For poor Algerians, mass weddings a chance to celebrate

In Salah - Gathered in a tent in the Algerian desert, 30 young women are preparing for a big day many thought they could never afford -- a wedding.

Stunning photos show freak snowfall in Sahara Desert

Incredible photos have captured a freak snowfall in the small Saharan desert town of Ain Sefra, Algeria, on December 19. Luckily, amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata was there at the time and his images are beautiful.

Op-Ed: Algeria becoming more involved in attempts to solve Libyan crisis

Algiers - Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) of the eastern-based House of Representatives (HoR), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar visited Algeria at the invitation of the Algerian government.

Venezuela 'optimistic' ahead of OPEC output cut talks

Alger - Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino said Monday he was "optimistic" that an OPEC meeting this week in Vienna will reach agreement on oil production cuts to boost prices.

Police disperse Algiers demo against delayed retirement

Alger - Algerian police on Sunday broke up a protest in the capital against a reform to end early retirement that is to be debated in parliament, an AFP correspondent said.

Saudi oil minister says OPEC production cut 'imperative'

Alger - Saudi Arabia's oil minister said it was "imperative" that OPEC nations finalise an agreement over a cut in oil production aimed at boosting crude prices, Algerian media said Sunday.

Press under pressure from Algeria's 'draconian drift'

Alger - The director of a television station is arrested... a court blocks the sale of an opposition media group... parliament passes a law to stop retired army officers commenting on politics.

Western Sahara independence leader Abdelaziz buried

Tindouf - Mohamed Abdelaziz, leader of the Western Sahara independence movement Polisario Front who died of lung cancer this week, was buried on Saturday in the disputed territory.

W. Sahara independence group says its chief Abdelaziz has died

Alger - The Polisario Front which demands the Western Sahara's independence from Morocco said its secretary general Mohamed Abdelaziz died on Tuesday "after a long illness", Algeria's APS news agency reported.

Algeria's Bouteflika in Geneva for 'routine medical check'

Alger - Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika travelled to Geneva on Sunday for a "routine medical check", his office announced, at a time of renewed speculation over his health.

Algeria slams French paper's 'gratuitous' president coverage

Alger - Algeria accused Le Monde newspaper Sunday of "gratuitously" damaging its president's image, as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls sought to resolve a row that threatens to overshadow key trade deals.

Belgian jihadist cell 'proof of very high threats to France'

Alger - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday information that a Belgian jihadist cell planned another attack against France was evidence of the elevated threat to the country.

Decades-old dispute separates Western Sahara families

Tindouf - Ergueibi Abdelahi was just nine months old when his aunt scooped him up and fled fighting in Western Sahara after Morocco sent troops into the former Spanish colony, leaving his parents and brother behind.

Rockets hit Algeria gas plant in attack claimed by Qaeda

Alger - Rockets on Friday struck an Algerian gas plant run by foreign energy giants in an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda, three years after a deadly hostage crisis at another facility in the country.

Algerian lawmakers adopt reforms, recognise Berber language

Alger - Algeria's parliament adopted a package of constitutional reforms Sunday that authorities say will strengthen democracy, but opponents doubt it will bring real change.
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