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Algeria's Bouteflika: highlights of a long presidency

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, reported on Sunday to be seeking a fifth term in April elections, has had a long stint as head of the North African country.

Bouteflika to seek 5th presidential term: Algeria agency

Alger - Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to seek a fifth term in April elections, state media announced Sunday, despite health issues that have kept him largely out of the public eye for years.

Algeria's Bouteflika 'too ill' for fifth term: Islamist opposition

Alger - An Algerian opposition party said Wednesday 81-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika would be unable to handle the demands of a fifth term in office, due to his ill health.

Algeria ruling coalition backs Bouteflika for April poll

Alger - Algeria's ruling coalition on Saturday named President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as its candidate for April polls, although the ailing incumbent has yet to officially confirm he will run.

Algeria PM's party backs Bouteflika for fifth term

Alger - The main ally of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's ruling party said Thursday it hoped the ailing incumbent would seek a fifth term in office in April polls.

Retired Algerian general becomes first presidential candidate

Alger - A retired Algerian general on Saturday became the first candidate to announce a run for president in April elections, as ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika's intentions remain unknown.

Algeria's Bouteflika: peace architect who has clung to power

Alger - Abdelaziz Bouteflika is Algeria's longest-serving president and a veteran of its independence struggle, who has clung to power for two decades despite years of ill health.

Algeria calls April election with leader's plans unclear

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika issued a decree on Friday calling a much anticipated presidential election for April 18 but without saying whether he will seek a new term.

Algeria calls April election with incumbent's plans unclear

Alger - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika issued a decree on Friday calling a much anticipated presidential election for April 18 but without saying whether he will seek a new term.

Algeria defends expulsions after UN fears for 'stranded' migrants

Alger - Algeria's interior ministry on Friday defended moves to expel dozens of migrants as a matter of "national security", after the UN voiced concern over a group who went missing in the desert.

Slain French monks among 19 to be beatified in Algeria

Oran - The Catholic Church will on Saturday beatify in Algeria seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during the country's civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation.

Saudi crown prince to head to Algeria amid outcry

Alger - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in Algiers on Sunday, Algerian state media said, for a visit that has been roundly criticised due to the killing of a dissident journalist.

Two migrants dead, eight missing off Sardinia

Rome - Two migrants have drowned off the coast of Sardinia and another eight are missing after they tried to swim to land from their drifting boat, the coastguard said on Saturday.

Algeria's Bouteflika to seek re-election in 2019: party chief

Alger - Algeria's frail President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power since 1999, will stand for a fifth term at elections next year, the head of his party said Sunday.

Macron honours Algerians who fought for colonial France

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron announced honours on Friday for Algerians who fought alongside French troops in Algeria's war of independence, part of fresh moves to confront France's painful legacy in north Africa.

Italy court acquits Eni, fines subsidiary in Algeria corruption case

Milan - An Italian court on Wednesday acquitted energy major Eni and ex-CEO Paolo Scaroni of bribery in Algeria, but fined a subsidiary and jailed its former boss.

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.

Macron admits France enabled torture in Algerian war

Paris - France acknowledged Thursday that it instigated a "system" that facilitated torture during Algeria's independence war, a landmark admission about a conflict that remains hugely sensitive six decades on.

France admits Algeria war 'system' led to torture

Paris - France admitted Thursday that it instigated a "system" that led to torture during Algeria's independence war, a conflict that remains hugely sensitive six decades on.

Cholera scare on Algeria-France flight

Toulouse - A sick eight-year-old triggered a cholera scare onboard a flight from the Algerian city of Oran to Perpignan in southern France on Wednesday.

Hundreds of African migrants rescued from Niger desert

Niamey - More than 400 people from across West Africa have been rescued from the desert in northern Niger in two days, the International Organization for Migration said, in the latest recovery of migrants from the frontier region near Algeria.

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.

Algerian-Irish man makes terror plea in Pennsylvania

New York - An Algerian-Irish man, who last year became the first foreigner extradited to the United States on terror charges under President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy.

German bill to cut asylum seekers from N.Africa, Georgia

Berlin - Germany's government launched a renewed attempt Wednesday to declare three North African states and Georgia "safe countries of origin", which would raise the hurdles for asylum requests by its citizens.

Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert

Niamey - Nearly 600 African migrants in Algeria were abandoned in the desert with hardly any food and water before being rescued, an official in neighbouring Niger said on Sunday.

UN council expected to vote Friday on Western Sahara talks

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to vote Friday on a contentious US-drafted measure that would lay the groundwork for talks on settling the decades-old dispute over Western Sahara, diplomats said.

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.

Algeria clears beatification in Oran for massacred French monks

Paris - Algeria has given the Vatican its approval for the beatification in Oran of seven French Trappist monks killed by Islamic insurgents in 1996, the country's top diplomat said Tuesday.
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The Algerian national football team, as pictured on 31st May 2014.
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