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Two Algeria ex-PMs get heavy jail terms in graft trial

Alger - An Algerian court sentenced two former prime ministers to long jail terms Tuesday in the first of a string of high-profile corruption trials launched after longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the face of mass protests in April.

Military chief Gaid Salah, guardian of Algeria's opaque regime

Alger - As chief of Algeria's military for a record 15 years, General Ahmed Gaid Salah has became the country's de facto leader after longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April.

Algeria's unwanted presidential election

Alger - Algerians are being asked to vote Thursday in a presidential election bitterly opposed by the country's nine-month-old protest movement, which sees it as a regime ploy to cling to power.

Pro-poll regime trolls counter Algeria protest activists

Tunis - Social networks set alight the months-long protest movement against Algeria's establishment, but as a contentious presidential poll looms, bots and trolls are staging an online comeback to bolster the regime.

'Gandhi of Western Sahara' warns time running out to avoid war

Geneva - Aminatou Haidar, a champion of peaceful resistance to Morocco's annexation of Western Sahara, is demanding urgent international action to prevent the frozen conflict from devolving into war.

Algerian anti-election marchers vote with their feet

Alger - Algerians are due to elect a new president next month but a huge protest movement bitterly rejects the vote, fearing it will cement in power politicians close to the disgraced old guard.

Algeria jails 28 protesters over Berber flags

Alger - Twenty-eight Algerian demonstrators were handed one-year jail sentences Tuesday for "undermining national unity" by bearing the Berber minority's flag during anti-regime protests, a prisoners' rights group said.

Five candidates running to replace ousted Algerian president Bouteflika

Alger - Five candidates, including two former prime ministers, will run to replace ousted Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the country's election authority said Saturday, amid widespread protests against the vote.

Algeria protesters call for 'new independence' on revolution anniversary

Alger - Demonstrators converged on Algiers in their thousands for a massive anti-government rally called to coincide with official celebrations of the anniversary of the war that won Algeria's independence from France.

Algeria registers 22 candidates for presidential vote

Alger - Algeria's election authority has registered 22 candidates for a December presidential election, including two former prime ministers under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the official APS agency reported Sunday.

Bouteflika-era figure makes Algeria presidential run

Alger - The head of an Algerian political party that was part of the ruling coalition under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday became the first candidate to register for presidential polls.

Algeria court sentences Bouteflika brother to 15 years

Alger - An Algerian military court on Wednesday sentenced the brother of deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and three co-defendants to 15 years in prison in a swift verdict delivered out of sight of the media.

Eight babies killed in Algeria hospital fire: emergency services

Alger - Eight babies were killed when a fire ripped through a maternity hospital in eastern Algeria before dawn on Tuesday, emergency services said.

Eight babies killed in Algeria hospital fire: emergency services

Alger - Eight babies were killed when a fire ripped through a maternity hospital in eastern Algeria before dawn on Tuesday, emergency services said.

Algeria army toughens line with ban on protesters entering capital

Alger - Algeria's military has ordered police to block protesters from outside the capital entering Algiers, the army chief said Wednesday, taking a tougher line after months of mass anti-regime rallies and ahead of December elections to fill a presidential va...

Algeria army orders police to bar protesters from capital

Alger - Algeria's military has ordered police to block protesters from outside the capital from entering Algiers, the army chief said Wednesday, after months of mass rallies.

Algerians protest against planned presidential vote

Alger - Protesters massed in the Algerian capital on Tuesday to demand the cancellation of a controversial presidential election planned for December 12.

Algerians mix protest and football with eyes on Africa cup

Alger - Protesters took to the streets of Algiers Friday for a rally boosted by hopes that their national team would beat Senegal to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

French police arrest hundreds after Algeria football win

Paris - French police arrested over two hundred people on Sunday following Algeria's qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, which sparked scenes of joy as well as clashes with police in several large cities.

Shops looted, woman dead in France after Algeria football win

Paris - Shops in central Paris were looted and a woman was killed in a high-speed car crash in southern France in what the government slammed Friday as "unacceptable" unrest following a key victory for Algeria's national football team.

Algeria to probe video of police beating protesters

Alger - Algerian police said Sunday they had opened an investigation after a video circulated online appeared to show protesters being beaten by security forces.

Thousands protest in Algeria capital, break police cordon

Alger - Thousands of people protested for a twentieth consecutive week in Algeria's capital on Friday, defying a major police presence and after the interim president renewed a plea for dialogue. "Go, liberate Algeria!

Thousands protest in Algeria capital, break police cordon

Alger - Around 2,000 people protested in the Algerian capital against the interim government Friday, defying a significant police presence just days before the mandate of its president expires, witnesses said.

Algeria's interim president proposes talks without 'state' role

Alger - Algeria's interim President Abdelkader Bensalah pledged in a speech Wednesday to hold talks without the involvement of the state or the military to pave the way for elections. "This dialogue...

Algerians rally even after ex-premiers detained

Alger - Demonstrators rallied in the Algerian capital Friday to keep up their demands for the ouster of all officials linked to the former president, unappeased by the detention of two ex-premiers.

Second Algeria ex-PM detained in graft probe: state media

Alger - Algeria's former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal was remanded in custody Thursday after appearing before a judge as part of an anti-corruption investigation, state media reported.

Algerian presidential elections 'impossible' on July 4

Alger - Algeria's constitutional council said Sunday it was impossible to hold elections to choose a successor to ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika early next month as planned, after the only two candidates were rejected.

Algeria poll deadline passes with 'no candidates': state radio

Alger - A deadline to register for Algeria's controversial presidential election has passed without a single candidate putting themselves forward, national radio said Sunday.

Algeria police cordon off key protest site in show of force

Alger - Algerian police on Friday threw up a tight cordon around a key protest site, arresting dozens of demonstrators in the biggest show of force in 14 weeks of mass demonstrations.

Algeria protesters stage first mass rally of Ramadan

Alger - Protesters thronged Algeria's capital for the first Friday mass rally of Ramadan, pressing their demands for reforms and the departure of key figures from ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime.
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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
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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
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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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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.
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