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The Algerian Revolutionary, Larbi Ben Mhidi | Algeria  Al Jazeera America

The Algerian is considered to be a national hero and symbol of the revolution that brought an end to French colonialism.

Al Jazeera America
Algerian student murdered, 'He is Gay' written on wall with his blood  The Jerusalem Post

Assil Belalta was murdered in his student residence at the Taleb Abderrahmane campus in Ben Aknoun, a district just outside of the city of Algiers.

The Jerusalem Post
Nissan to assemble cars in Algeria  The New Times

It is planned that the plant will produce some 63500 vehicles per year by the first half of 2020, according to the joint venture agreement.

The New Times
Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria  FRANCE 24

Sidi Fredj (Algeria) (AFP). For generations Algerians like the Gueldasmi family have barely eked out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus's ...

Correction: Algeria-Potential Presidents story  Miami Herald

In a story Feb. 10 about Algeria's presidential election, The Associated Press reported erroneously that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is 82. He is 81.

Miami Herald
Algeria: highlights of Bouteflika's long presidency  africanews

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will be seeking a fifth term in the April elections despite concerns about his fitness to lead the gas-rich North African ...

Hocine Bettir | Algeria | Men's Up to 65kg | 2019 WPPO World Cup | Fazza, Dubai  International Paralympic Committee

Hocine Bettior of Algeria lifts 191kg to take the Fazza World Cup title. This is taken from live action of the men's up to 65kg at the 2019 World Para Powerlifting ...

International Paralympic Committee
France agrees to 5th term for Algeria's Bouteflika  Middle East Monitor

France has accepted Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's candidacy for a fifth term, citing the lack of viable alternatives to lead the country. France agreed ...

Middle East Monitor
Algeria Thanks to Be Guest of Honor at Book Fair in Cuba  Prensa Latina

By Carmen Esquivel Sarria Havana, (Prensa Latina) The writer and professor at the University of Constantine Hammadi Abdallah thanked Thursday Cuba for ...

Prensa Latina
News Algeria: Activist jailed over anti-government placard must be released  Amnesty International

Responding to the news that a court in the city of Mascara has sentenced activist, Hadj Ghermoul, to six months in prison and a fine for “offending public ...

Amnesty International
Nissan to open plant in Algeria  Automotive News Europe

Nissan has signed a joint-venture agreement to build a plant in Algeria. The factory is due to start production in 2020 with an annual capacity of 63500 vehicles.

Automotive News Europe
Body of Zimbabwean student murdered in Algeria arrives in Harare  iharare.com

Zimbabwean student murdered in Algeria. The body of Prosper Ndudzo, a Zimbabwean student who was killed in Annaba, Algeria arrived at the Robert Gabriel ...

Algerian brain drain is pre-election headache for government  Reuters

ALGIERS (Reuters) - No matter who wins Algeria's presidential election, 29-year-old cardiologist Moumen Mohamed plans to seek his fortune elsewhere.

Ooredoo earnings hit by Indonesia, Algeria weakness  Mobile World Live

Ooredoo warned traditional telecoms services remain under pressure, as the operator reported a 12 per cent dip in revenue for Q4 2018 on the back of struggles ...

Mobile World Live
As Abdelaziz Bouteflika fades, Algeria considers a successor  The Economist

NOBODY WOULD call him quick and lithe. But Abdelaziz Bouteflika has something in common with the cheetahs that dart across the Sahara: he is rarely seen.

The Economist
Algeria PM's party backs Bouteflika for fifth term  News24

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

Tunisian fisherman killed in Algerian waters  News24

A Tunisian man was killed by Algerian forces while fishing in their country's waters, Tunisia's national guard has said.

Algeria to hold presidential election on April 18  Aljazeera.com

It is yet unclear whether 81-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in power since 1999, will stand for fifth consecutive term.

Has Algeria joined Africa's new 'cocaine coast'?  Daily Maverick

The coastline between Casablanca and Algiers gives drug traffickers direct access to European consumer markets. By Jihane Ben Yahia and Raouf Farrah.

Daily Maverick
Algeria Deports 25000 Migrants to Niger - Algeria  ReliefWeb

Over 25,000 migrants were expelled by Algeria to Niger in the course of 2018. This includes 14,000 Nigerien nationals returned to Niger, up from 6,800 in 2017, ...

Zim student killed in Algeria  Chronicle

Harare Bureau Three people have been arrested in Algeria on allegations of murdering a 26-year-old Zimbabwean student doing his studies in that country ...

Algeria: Cold Wave - Jan 2019  ReliefWeb

On 11 January, Algeria was hit by a cold wave with heavy snow and rainfalls which further intensified on 13 January. Severe weather conditions were reported ...

Algeria announces election date  eNCA

ALGERIA - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika issued a decree on Friday calling a much anticipated presidential election for April 18 but without saying ...

Algeria frees journalist month into one year jail term  News24

An Algerian court has released a journalist a month after he was sentenced to one year in jail for taking part in an unauthorised protest, his lawyer has said.

Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia face tough competition in 2030 World Cup bid - Africa - Sports  Ahram Online

Chile joined three neighboring South American countries in a bid to host the 2030 soccer World Cup, according to a joint statement from their governments ...

Ahram Online
L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering to build gas plants in Algeria  Oil Review Middle East

Indian multi-national Larsen & Toubro (L&T), through its subsidiary Larsen & Toubro Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited (LTHE), said it has won a mega order ...

Oil Review Middle East
Nissan and Groupe Hasnaoui to build new car plant in Algeria  SteelGuru

Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Groupe Hasnaoui will invest a total of USD 160 million in a new Nissan vehicle plant in Algeria to meet growing customer demand in ...

Sahrawis protest against Algeria over civilian kidnapping – Middle East Monitor  Middle East Monitor

The Sahrawi population in Tindouf camps, Algeria, have risen together against the Algerian government to protest the disappearance of a Sahrawi intellectual, ...

Middle East Monitor
Algeria economic growth up to 2.3% in 2018  IOL

INTERNATIONAL – OPEC member Algeria's economy grew 2.3 percent in 2018 due to higher oil prices, the finance ministry said on Thursday, up from 1.4 ...

News Algeria: Absurd conviction of journalist Adlène Mellah must be overturned  Amnesty International

Algeria's Court of Appeal must end the ordeal of the journalist, Adlène Mellah, who was jailed simply for covering a peaceful public gathering last month, said ...

Amnesty International
'He is Gay' Written on a Wall in Blood, as Algerian Student is Murdered on Campus  Al-Bawaba

A brutal crime in which an Algerian university student was killed has been igniting outrage in Algeria. According to reports 'He is Gay' was written on the wall, ...

Sidi M'Cid Bridge – Constantine, Algeria  Atlas Obscura

Discover Sidi M'Cid Bridge in Constantine, Algeria: This dizzying span over the ancient Algerian city was once the highest suspension bridge in the world.

Atlas Obscura
Algeria Islamists name Abderrazak Makri candidate for president  Al Jazeera English

The Movement for the Society of Peace had supported incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika until 2012.

Al Jazeera English
Algeria commissions two Kilo class submarines  defenceWeb

The Algerian Navy has commissioned into *service* two new Kilo class submarines delivered from Russia, the Ouarsenis and Hoggar. The vessels were ...

SEAT assembles 22000 cars in Algeria in 2018  Automotive World

The assembly plant of the SOVAC Production S.P.A. joint venture, made up of the Volkswagen Group and SOVAC, the Group's importer in Algeria, closed 2018 ...

Automotive World
Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania – Ain Tagourait, Algeria  Atlas Obscura

Discover Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania in Ain Tagourait, Algeria: The original resting place of Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony's only daughter.

Atlas Obscura
Will spring come to Algeria? - İBRAHIM TIĞLI  Yeni Şafak English

The presidential elections in Algeria will be held on April 18.

Yeni Şafak English
Where to Start with Algerian Literature  Book Riot

Since 1956, about 90 Algerian books have appeared in English translation. Which books? And, if you're interested in Algerian lit, where should you start?

Book Riot
ISS: Algeria and Morocco’s migrant policies could prevent violent extremism  defenceWeb

Algeria and Morocco have for the past decade been important transit and stopover countries for migrants moving to Europe. Many also stop to seek informal ...

Algerian man with alleged terror links allowed to amend challenge over deportation order  Irish Examiner

An Algerian man with alleged links to Islamic terrorism has been allowed by the High Court to amend his latest legal challenge against a refusal by the Minister ...

Irish Examiner
BBC World Service - The Documentary Podcast, France, Algeria and the battle for truth  BBC News

A widow's 60 year campaign for the truth about her husband's death in the Algerian War.

BBC News
Ship Carrying Undocumented Migrants Sinks Off Algeria’s Coast – Reports  Sputnik International

CAIRO (Sputnik) - A small ship with 18 undocumented migrants on board sank in the Mediterranean Sea near the Algerian city of Oran on Saturday, at least two ...

Sputnik International
Floods kill 5 in snow-hit Algeria – Middle East Monitor  Middle East Monitor

At least five people have been killed and more than 100 have been rescued as floods hit several cities in northern Algeria, after days of heavy snowfall.

Middle East Monitor
African Champions League: Sundowns beat Wydad as Mazembe lose in Algeria  BBC Sport

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Wydad Casablanca 2-1 as TP Mazembe suffer a shock 3-0 defeat at CS Constantine in the latest African Champions League group ...

BBC Sport
Killers slit student's throat and write 'He is gay' in his blood on wall at Algerian university  Daily Mail

Assil Belalta was found dead at his student residence at University City in Ben Aknoun, just outside Algiers, Algeria. His attackers left his blood smeared on the ...

Daily Mail
A Tumultuous, Informal Polyarchy: Algeria Between Clans, Old Threats and a Boiling Youth  The Jamestown Foundation

As Algeria enters a crucial year for its future, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health remains extremely poor and, despite the ambitions of many in Algeria, it is ...

The Jamestown Foundation
Algeria: WEF - Messahel Highlights Algeria's Efforts for Regional Stability  AllAfrica.com

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, on Tuesday highlighted Algeria's efforts for regional stability, notably immediate for neighbours, and the ...

Oxford United sign Algeria midfielder Ahmed Kashi on loan  BBC Sport

Oxford United have signed Algeria international Ahmed Kashi on loan from Troyes until the end of the season. The 30-year-old midfielder previously played ...

BBC Sport
Student Found Dead with Homophobic Message in Algerian University Dorm  Morocco World News

Rabat – Assil Belatla, a 21-year-old Algerian medical student, was murdered this weekend in Algeria. Two unknown individuals reportedly slit Belatla's throat in ...

Morocco World News
'Why They Chose You?': Kuwaiti Journalist Questions Miss Algeria 2019's Beauty  Sputnik International

The results of the Miss Algeria pageant were a product of people's anger over the political situation in the country, according to a journalist from Kuwait, though a ...

Sputnik International
CAF CL: Sundowns beat Wydad as Mazembe lose in Algeria  Myjoyonline.com

South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Wydad Casablanca 2-1 in their African Champions League Group A fixture on Saturday, in a clash of recent ...

WATCH: Tragedy...Zimbabwean Student Brutally Murdered In Algeria In Xenophobic Attack  iharare.com

In a horrible tragedy, a Zimbabwean who was studying in Algeria died after he was stabbed to death by some locals in a suspected xenophobic attack on ...

21-year-old Algerian student has throat slit, attackers write 'he is gay' across the wall in his blood  MEAWW

Warning: Graphic *content*. In what has been described as a homophobic killing, a junior medical student in Algeria was found murdered inside his room at a ...

Algerian visa scandal had been tackled even before NAO report  Times of Malta

The Foreign Ministry had taken action to tighten up procedures for the issue of visas to Algerians well before the shortcomings were flagged by the National ...

Times of Malta
ALGERIA : China's CITIC aims to get into desalination via phosphates project  Africa Intelligence

China's CITIC group, which is in partnership with public sector groups Sonatrach and Asmidal in the giant Tebessa phosphates project.

Africa Intelligence
Algerian ex-prime minister Benflis to run for presidency  News24

Algerian ex-prime minister Ali Benflis has announced that he will run for president in next year's election.

ALGERIA : Societe Generale bank's head office will be made in China  Africa Intelligence

Societe Generale Algerie (SGA) has chosen China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG) to build its new head office, according to our information.

Africa Intelligence
Algerian Nourredine Ould Ali: coaching 'Palestine is something special'  BBC Sport

Palestine's Algerian coach Nourredine Ould Ali says leading the team 'is something special' after taking them to two draws at the 2019 Asian Cup.

BBC Sport
Italy tells France the truth, but Africa isn’t listening  Vanguard

IN the continuous European game of shifting blames over rescuing African migrants floating in European waters, angry Italy lashed out at self-righteous France.

Miss Algeria beauty queen Khadija Ben Hamou hits back at racist abuse  BBC News

The newly crowned winner of Miss Algeria beauty pageant has hit back at critics who have hurled racial abuse at her because of her skin colour. "I will not back ...

BBC News
Why France loves this Algerian writer more than Algeria does  The Washington Post

PARIS — Algerian writer Kamel Daoud is feted in France — and resented by many in his home country. It's easy to see why. Daoud won France's most ...

The Washington Post
Protests erupt in Algeria after man dies in well  Aljazeera.com

Officials defend failed rescue operation saying no efforts were spared for the 31-year-old who fell down the well.

'Your skin colour was a crime': African migrants in Algeria  Al Jazeera English

Sub-Saharan migrants tell stories of horror, activists note that forced deportation from Algeria is an ongoing trend.

Al Jazeera English
Algeria can ill-afford more stagnation and drift  Financial Times

A fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika would be a mark of contempt for the public.

Financial Times
Algeria fossils cast doubt on East Africa as sole origin of stone tools  Nature.com

The discovery pushes back the evidence of hominins in Algeria by 600000 years, and suggests tool use arose in different parts of Africa independently.

Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Algeria will be an insult to the nation’s history  The Washington Post

Abdelkader Cheref is an Algerian scholar based in the United States. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, is set to visit Algiers on ...

The Washington Post
High court rejects attempt to challenge Australia's indefinite detention regime  The Guardian

Plaintiff's lawyers wanted to suspend case after argument about his identity came unstuck in Canberra high court.

The Guardian
Attacker Slashes Algerian Medical Student's Throat, Leaves 'He is Gay' on Wall in Victim's Blood  Towleroad

Assil Belalta, a 21-year-old medical student, was murdered in his room on Sunday night in the neighborhood of Ben Aknoun in the city of Algiers in Northern ...

Bouteflika heads for fifth term as Algeria economy worsens  Financial Times

Frail 81-year-old is seen as 'least risky' option but popular discontent is rising.

Financial Times
15.02.2019 Sharjah 2019: Beatrice Vio takes second gold  International Paralympic Committee

The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games saw Italian Rio 2016 champion Beatrice Vio taking her second wheelchair ...

International Paralympic Committee
Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears  Aljazeera.com

Interior ministry says it suspects Syrians seeking entry through borders with Mali and Niger belong to armed groups.

Algeria's ancient pyramid tombs still shrouded in mystery  News24

Dating back centuries, Algeria's pyramid tombs are unique relics of an ancient era but a dearth of research has left the Jeddars shrouded in mystery. Read more.

2.4-million-year-old tools found in Algeria could upend human origin story  The Telegraph

Archaeologists in Algeria have discovered stone tools and cut animal bones that may be up to 2.4 million years old, bringing into question East Africa's title as ...

The Telegraph
Algerian mobile operator Djezzy added 1 million customers this year -CEO  CNBC

ALGIERS, Dec 6- Algerian mobile telecoms operator Djezzy has added 1 million customers this year and plans to further invest to offer more online payment ...

France’s Macron admits to military’s systematic use of torture in Algeria war  The Washington Post

PARIS — France formally acknowledged its military's systemic use of torture in the Algerian War in the 1950s and 1960s, a step forward in grappling with its ...

The Washington Post
Algeria Sentences Journalist to Year in Jail Over Demonstration  VOA News

An Algerian court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist to one year in jail for taking part in an illegal protest, his lawyer said. Adlene Mellah, who heads the news ...

VOA News
Morocco's king invites Algeria for 'frank, direct dialogue'  Al Jazeera English

King Mohammed VI says Rabat is willing to consider initiatives brought forth by Algiers to break political stalemate.

Al Jazeera English
'My father was tortured and murdered in Algeria. At last France has admitted it'  The Guardian

The president has admitted to French brutality during the Algerian war of independence. Michèle Audin speaks of the fight for justice.

The Guardian
Algeria prepares for beatification of 19 martyrs  Vatican News

Seven of the nineteen martyrs rose to international fame following the film Of Gods and Men. But on December 8th, all of the 19 men and women martyred ...

Vatican News
Miss Algeria turns into victim of racism  africanews

Immediately after the pageant, young miss Algeria, Khadija Ben Hamou, stood torn between the joy of winning and the criticism of those describing her as ugly ...

The return of the repressed: the bitter legacy of the Algerian War  New Statesman

France remains traumatised by the war in Algeria, which lives on in the festering resentments of the banlieues and prisons. Can President Macron begin to heal ...

New Statesman
Over 60 wounded in Algeria football clashes  EWN

Algeria has long been plagued by violence, sometimes deadly, with fans targeting both police and players.

France just acknowledged using torture in Algeria. Here are searing photos from that war.  The Washington Post

The French president's acknowledgement of torture opens a new chapter in France's post-colonial history.

The Washington Post
France Lifts the Lid on Its Algeria War  The New York Times

More than half a century later, a French president has acknowledged his country's responsibility for the brutality of a colonial war.

The New York Times
Dozens of cases of cholera confirmed in Algeria  FRANCE 24 English

Dozens of cases of cholera have been reported in Algiers since mid-August. Health authorities, who spoke initially of gastroenteritis, are accused of trying to hide ...

FRANCE 24 English
How Algeria's reforms are working  Arabnews

ALGIERS: Despite being heavily dependent on its massive oil and gas reserves, Algeria's government seems to be handling rather well the broader economic ...

Saudi prince starts Sunday a two-day visit to Algeria  News24

Algeria's presidency says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will start a two-day visit to Algeria Sunday with a focus on economic ties between the two ...

Observer archive: the Algerian war, 13 January 1962  The Guardian

Two months before the end of the conflict between France and the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN), that started in 1954 and led to Algeria gaining its ...

The Guardian
Algeria's USMA unrepentant over Iraqi chant controversy  BBC Sport

Algerian club USMA seem unrepentant over chants about Saddam Hussein that led to the Iraqi Air Force side to walk off the pitch and forfeit the match.

BBC Sport
Algeria will take back its citizens illegally in Germany  News24

Algeria will take back its citizens illegally residing in Germany, Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia has pledged during a visit by the country's Chancellor Angela ...

Two bodies recovered after 20 migrants go missing off Algeria coast  News24

Algerian coastguards have said they had recovered the bodies of a mother and her daughter who were among 20 migrants to go missing in the Mediterranean ...

Top Algerian Military Commanders Being Purged Ahead of Presidential Election  VOA News

A number of top Algerian military commanders, including the heads of the air force and the army, have been dismissed within the past week. In a series of moves ...

VOA News
Algeria recall Hoffenheim striker Ishak Belfodil  BBC Sport

Algeria coach Djamal Belmadi recalls Hoffenheim striker Ishak Belfodil as well as Napoli's Adam Ounas to play Benin in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

BBC Sport
Algeria eyes Exxon deal  IOL

INTERNATIONAL – Algeria will conclude its deal with Exxon Mobil Corp and set up a trade joint venture with an international company before the first half of ...

Algeria's Bouteflika to seek re-election next year: party chief  Al Jazeera English

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria's frail 81-year-old president who has been in power since 1999, will stand for a fifth consecutive term in elections next year, ...

Al Jazeera English
5 Multi-Millionaires From Algeria You Should Know  Forbes Now

While Algeria with its 40-million strong population can lay claim to only one billionaire – industrial Issad Rebrab of Cevital, a few Algerians have built ...

Forbes Now
Algeria says second person dies in cholera outbreak  Al Jazeera English

Authorities say the disease's rapid spread is linked to poor hygiene but many believe government's reaction was slow.

Al Jazeera English
Algeria inherits poor political harvest from last year | Azraj Omar  The Arab Weekly

Anyone objectively examining Algeria will quickly conclude that the Algerian government did not achieve in 2018 any qualitative progress towards building a ...

The Arab Weekly
New Miss Algeria 2019 targeted by racist trolls  The National

Khadija Ben Hamou is the first black woman to win the title of Miss Algeria.

The National
BBC World Service - Assignment, France, Algeria and the Battle for Truth  BBC News

A widow's 60 year campaign for the truth about her husband's death in the Algerian War.

BBC News

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Algeria ( (listen); Arabic: الجزائر‎ al-Jazā'ir, Algerian Arabic الدزاير al-dzāyīr; French: Algérie), officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of the country on the Mediterranean coast. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa. Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by the Western Saharan territory, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes (counties).Ancient Algeria has known many empires and dynasties, including ancient Numidians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Umayyads, Abbasids, Idrisid, Aghlabid, Rustamid, Fatimids, Zirid, Hammadids, Almoravids, Almohads, Spaniards, Ottomans and the French colonial empire. Berbers are the indigenous inhabitants of Algeria.Algeria is a regional and middle power. It supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. According to OPEC Algeria has the 16th largest oil reserves in the world and the second largest in Africa, while it has the 9th largest reserves of natural gas. Sonatrach, the national oil company, is the largest company in Africa. Algeria has one of the largest militaries in Africa and the largest defence budget on the continent; most of Algeria's weapons are imported from Russia, with whom they are a close ally. Algeria is a member of the African Union, the Arab League, OPEC, the United Nations and is a founding member of the Arab Maghreb Union.