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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.

French strike thought to kill Al-Qaeda ally Belmokhtar

Washington - One-eyed hostage killer Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of Al-Qaeda's most notorious allies in North Africa, was said Monday to have been slain in a French air strike.

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.

Switzerland arrests wanted ex-Algerian rebel

Geneva - A former member of the Algerian rebel Armed Islamic Group, who is wanted in France, was arrested Thursday in Switzerland and is seeking asylum, Swiss authorities said.

Tunisians, Algerians among dead in Nice attack

Tunis - At least three Tunisians and three Algerians were among the 84 people killed when a Tunisian-born man ploughed a truck into crowds in the French resort of Nice, officials said Friday.

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.

Report blames deadly Air Algerie crash on pilot errors

France - The Air Algerie crash that killed 116 people in the Mali desert in 2014 was caused by the pilots failing to activate the plane's anti-icing system and not responding properly when the plane stalled, investigators said Friday.

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.

Valls 'deeply regrets' Algeria barring two French journalists

Paris - France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday said he had "deep regrets" over Algeria's refusal to issue visas to two French journalists in a row over the so-called Panama Papers revelations.

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.

Algeria moves forward with disputed constitutional reforms

Alger - Algeria's parliament meets from Wednesday to consider a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy but critics have denounced as window dressing.

Berlin to list Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia as 'safe countries' to stem migrant flow

Berlin - Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin", Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced Thursday, in a move that will make it easier to reject asylum requests from citizens of these countries."Now we will...

German police make first arrest over Cologne sex assaults

Berlin - Police have arrested an Algerian asylum seeker over alleged sexual offences during New Year's Eve festivities in Cologne, prosecutors said Monday, the first directly linked to a spate of sex crimes that shocked Germany.

Merkel's party seeks to stem tide of North African arrivals

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's party Monday said Germany should declare Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia "safe countries of origin", making it easier to reject asylum requests by its nationals.

Germany plans repatriation centres for Algerians, Moroccans

Berlin - Germany is planning measures to expedite the deportation of rejected asylum seekers from Algeria and Morocco including placing them in special expulsion centres, officials said Sunday.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, 'The Uncatchable' desert jihadist

Bamako - Wily one-eyed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, whose jihadists have claimed the attack on a hotel in Burkina Faso, shot to global notoriety with a spectacular assault on an Algerian gas field in 2013, but had long been known as "The Uncatchable".

Merkel asks Algeria to help speed up return of migrants

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday asked for Algiers' help in speeding up the repatriation of rejected Algerian asylum seekers to their country of origin.

Crowds flood Algeria independence figure's hometown for burial

Alger - Tens of thousands gathered in an Algerian village Friday for the burial of Hocine Ait-Ahmed, one of the fathers of the country's struggle for independence and a key opposition figure.Ait-Ahmed died last week in Switzerland aged 89.

Fire kills 18 migrants at Algeria camp

Alger - A fire sparked by an electrical fault killed 18 African migrants and injured 43 others Tuesday at a camp in Algeria, emergency services and the Red Crescent said.

In Algeria, heavy metal bangs up against tradition

Constantine - They came from all over conservative Algeria, clad in black leather, studded bracelets and even the traditional Muslim veil to revel in a rare heavy metal concert.

Belmokhtar, 'The Uncatchable' desert jihadist

Bamako - Wily one-eyed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, whose jihadists have claimed an assault on a luxury Mali hotel, shot to global notoriety with a spectacular assault on an Algerian gas field two years ago, but had long been known as "The Uncatchable".

French minister says Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar 'likely behind' Mali attack

Paris - France's defence minister said Friday that notorious Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar was "likely behind" a deadly attack at a luxury hotel in Mali but acknowledged it was not certain.

Algerian jihadist killed in Syria in May: French officials

Paris - Leading Algerian jihadist Said Arif was killed in Syria in May by a US drone, French officials speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP on Thursday.

Algeria leader replaces powerful intelligence chief

Alger - Algerian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika has replaced his powerful intelligence chief, the presidency announced Sunday, confirming his domination over the armed forces after a security shake-up.
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Rebel French soldiers at a barricade in 1960 in Algiers, Algeria, during the War of Algeria
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Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive inform...
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive information from officials on May 5, 2014
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Port of Cherchell, Algeria
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The Algerian national football team  as pictured on 31st May 2014.
The Algerian national football team, as pictured on 31st May 2014.
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Rioters in Algeria protesting against high food prices
Rioters in Algeria protesting against high food prices
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A still from  Song For Amine  by Alberto Bougleux. 
Countless people have been subjected to forced ...
A still from 'Song For Amine' by Alberto Bougleux. Countless people have been subjected to forced disappearance since the early nineties, when Algeria waged war on radical Islam. According to official statistics published by the Algerian government 6,000 Algerians have ‘disappeared’ in the 1990s. Human rights organizations consider the actual number to be much higher, though.
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Statoil gas production facility in Amenas  Algeria
Statoil gas production facility in Amenas, Algeria
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