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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.

Key parts of Mali peace deal to roll out this month

Bamako - Key provisions of a peace deal signed by the Malian government and ex-rebels in 2015 are finally due to be rolled out imminently, according to an official document obtained by AFP Friday.

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 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 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.

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".
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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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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.
Alberto Bougleux
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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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The town of Ain Sefra has a population of about 35 000. It normally doesn t snow there in the winter...
The town of Ain Sefra has a population of about 35,000. It normally doesn't snow there in the winter.
Denis Daggett, Nantes, France
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Port of Cherchell, Algeria
Y. Jalabert
Statoil gas production facility in Amenas  Algeria
Statoil gas production facility in Amenas, Algeria
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Rebel French soldiers at a barricade in 1960 in Algiers  Algeria  during the War of Algeria
Rebel French soldiers at a barricade in 1960 in Algiers, Algeria, during the War of Algeria
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Rioters in Algeria protesting against high food prices
Rioters in Algeria protesting against high food prices
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