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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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2M condemns Algeria’s decision to ban its envoys from covering presidential election

Rabat - Moroccan TV channel "2M" strongly denounced the decision of the Algerian authorities to ban its journalists from covering the presidential election slated for Thursday in Algeria. "2M" said in a statement that it sent a request to the current Ambassador of Algeria in Rabat on April 7 to allow two special envoys Abdelhamid Morabit and Nabil El Baradei to cover the election. Following these unprofessi ...

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Amnesty International Accuses Algerian Authorities of Silencing Election Critics

Rabat- Amnesty International issued a media briefing on Monday accusing the Algerian authorities of silencing critics and curbing freedom of expression as the country prepares for the presidential election. Two days ahead of the Algerian presidential election that will take place on April 17th, NGO Amnesty International called on Algeria to “stop avoiding scrutiny of their human rights record” in the run-up ...

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Thanks to President Bouteflika We Have Potatoes and Tires in Algeria: Cheb Khaled

Taroudant, Morocco- In a new video posted on YouTube, famous Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, renewed his support to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in power since 1999. After he had said that he supports Bouteflika’s bid because he allows him to find whisky in Algeria, the king of Rai comes with another argument to justify his support to his favorite candidate. This time around Cheb Khaled said that th ...

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Algerian Ali Benflis Wants to Reopen Algeria’s Borders With Morocco

Rabat- During a meeting in Annaba,Algeria Algerian Former Prime Minister and the independent candidate for Algeria’s presidential election, Ali Benflis, promised on Wednesday to re-open Algeria’s borders with Morocco if he is elected president. Using normalization of relations with Morocco as a tool ahead of the April 17th presidential election, Benflis  promised to achieve an open Moroccan-Algerian border ...

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