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Over 143,000 psychotropic pills from Algeria seized since early 2014: Minister

Rabat - Over 143,000 psychotropic pills were seized since early 2014 by the security services, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad, underlining that Algeria “remains the primary drug supplier.” The year 2013 was marked by the seizure of over 450,000 pills, which made the Moroccan authorities intensify their efforts to eradicate this plague coming from Algeria, the minister recalled ...

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Moroccan Victims of Arbitrary Deportation Sue Algeria in International Court of Justice

Rabat- The victims of arbitrary expulsion from Algeria have asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to take action against Algeria over crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Algerian regime in 1975. A statement issued by the Association for the Defense of Moroccan Victims of Expulsion from Algeria (ADEMA), said that it has filed a lawsuit against the Algerian authorities in the In ...

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Hi-Tech Moroccan Border Fence Angers Algeria

Tinjdad, Morocco - A 40-kilometer long fence with electronic sensors that Morocco has built on its eastern border has upset Algeria.  French TV channel France 24, exploring the effect of the fence on Algeria, has reported that Algeria is “angered” by Morocco’s new strategy to protect its borders. According to the French TV channel, the Algerian authorities consider the Moroccan measure to be an “accusation” ...

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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Algiers

Algiers - An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 shook Algiers on Friday at 5:11 (GMT +1) and its surrounding regions, according to Algeria’s Center for Research in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics. The epicenter is located offshore, 19 km off Bologhine, a neighborhood north of Algiers, said the same source. According to the first estimates, the earthquake left 6 person dead and 420 people injured. ...

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No survivors from Air Algerie plane crash: French president

Bamako - France announced on Friday there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster. "Sadly, there are no survivors," President Francois Hollande said on television, a day after flight AH017, carrying 51 French nationals, went down shortly after take-off from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. The wreckage ...

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Air Algerie plane with 119 passengers missing over Mali

Algiers (AFP) - An Air Algerie plane with around 120 people on board including French and Spanish nationals went missing Thursday during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, company sources and officials said. Aviation sources told AFP the aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 leased from Spanish company Swiftair carrying passengers of different nationalities. Its six-member crew were all Spanish, said S ...

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Should Moroccans Support Algeria in the World Cup?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Moroccans are divided between those who are for and those who are against Algeria in the World Cup, and both have their reasons. There are those who are willing to look at it strictly from an Arab perspective: they see it as Algeria is an Arab nation and a victory for Algeria is a victory for all Arabs. Many others consider Algeria and Morocco the same: they share the same va ...

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French Ambassador of Algerian Origin Resigns Over “Racism”

Fez- A French Ambassador of Algerian origin stepped down from his post on Tuesday on allegations of racism. Zair Kedadouche, who was French Ambassador in Andorra, said he was victim of racism within the ranks of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of his Algerian origins. In a letter sent to the French President last March and made public on Tuesday, the former football player claimed that he can ...

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Algerians versus Moroccans: Why Do They Hate Us?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- On the surface, we are brothers and sisters: we have a common culture, language, traditions, religion, history of colonization, and sooner or later, a common future. We are so similar that anyone examining our two countries would think that Morocco and Algeria are one nation. But sadly, that is sadly not the case. We are very separate, and impressions are deceiving. As far as ...

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Algeria: Two AQIM combatants killed in Tindouf, arms seized on Libyan borders

Algiers - Two combatants affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) were killed in Tindouf (southwestern Algeria) in an operation conducted by the Algerian army which also seized weapons on the Libyan borders, reports Algeria daily "L'expression." Five other terrorists, including Mauritanian nationals, were arrested as Algerian soldiers chased for eight hours a convoy of 4X4 vehicles carrying more ...

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Algeria: Moroccan Arrested For ‘Spying, Instigating Instability’

Casablanca- The number of Moroccans being arrested in Algeria after the reelection of Abdelaziz Bouteflika is gradually increasing. A 24-year-old Moroccan was recently arrested in the Algerian city Annaba for allegedly instigating instability. Daily Algerian newspaper El Bilad reported that the arrested Moroccan had allegedly admitted to being a member of a group in charge of uploading videos to YouTube of ...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika wins 4th term, rival rejects result

ALGIERS -  Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud. The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz t ...

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