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Shocking Video: Bouteflika Struggling to Communicate with Ban Ki-moon

Rabat - Several YouTube channels and news sites released a short video on Monday that shows the deteriorating health of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The video - which the sources say was recently leaked from excess footage of the Algerian leader’s press conference with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in March - depicts Bouteflika struggling to produce words and pressing his hands ag ...

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Faisal Qasim: Algeria Should Decide Its Own Fate Before Meddling in Sahara Dispute

Rabat - Faisal Qasim, the TV host of the popular Arabic-language talk show “The Opposing Perspective”, tweeted on Saturday that Algeria should decide its own “fate” before encouraging the Sahrawi people of the Western Sahara to do the same. Within twelve hours of original posting, over 550 of the TV host’s followers had retweeted his statement, while over 500 others had “liked” it. "Algeria says that it wan ...

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Algerian Regime Dealt Tough Blow to Maghreb Unity: French Expert

Paris - The Algerian regime has dealt a tough blow to Maghreb unity and it has a historical responsibility in a situation that is harmful to the people of the region and to Arab causes, Head of the French Observatory of Geopolitical Studies, Charles Saint-Prot, said on Wednesday. Speaking during a conference at the Sorbonne University in Paris, Saint-Prot said that the first danger in the region is separati ...

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Bouteflika’s Picture tweeted by Manuel Valls Angers Algerians

Rabat - A tweet by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ meeting with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has angered Algerians. On his official account, Manuel Valls tweeted a photo of himself with the Algerian president, along with a brief statement that read, “economic, human and security exchanges: the Franco-Algerian relationship is strong, historic and strategic.” Échanges économiques, humains et sé ...

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Spain Launches Investigation Into Bribes Paid to Algerian, Spanish Officials

Rabat - The Audiencia Nacional, or the National Court of Spain, launched an investigation last week in order to determine whether 20 Spanish officials accepted bribes in return for pushing foreign governments to accept contracts offered by Spanish companies for the completion of public works projects. The court summoned two officials - the former Spanish ambassador to India,  Gustavo de Aristegui and an off ...

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Libya: Security Council Renews Support to Skhirat Political Agreement

New York (UN)  -  The Security Council reiterated on Monday its support to the political agreement signed in Skhirat, Morocco, on 17 December 2015, on forming a national unity government. The Council members "welcomed the meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue on 10 March 2016, which reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the Libyan Political Agreement," the 15-nation body said in a press statement. Further, ...

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Death toll up to 55 in clashes in Tunisia- Libya border

Tunis  -  The death toll from clashes between Tunisian forces and attackers near the Libyan border has risen to 55, including 36 attackers, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said Tuesday. Essid said seven civilians and 12 members of Tunisia's security forces also died, and 17 others were injured. "The attack that happened yesterday showed that our military and security forces were ready," he told a press ...

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At Least 26 Dead in Clashes near Libyan border

Tunis  -  Tunisian police and gunmen clashed near the Libyan border on Monday, killing at least 26 people, authorities said. The dead included 21 attackers, one Tunisian soldier and four civilians, the interior and defense ministries said in a joint statement. A 12-year-old girl was among the civilians who were killed. The gunmen targeted a police station and military facilities in the border town of Ben Gu ...

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Algeria Plagued by Political Uncertainty: Former NATO SG

Brussels  -  Algeria is plagued by political and economic uncertainty, Former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana said. In an Op-ed entitled "Peril and Promise in Algeria", published by project-syndicate site, Solana noted that in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring, the international community has paid little attention to countries like Algeria, stressing that "with the a ...

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Morocco, Tunisia Seek to Strengthen Their Bilateral Relations

Rabat - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar received, here Friday, his Tunisian counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui, bearer of a message to King Mohammed VI from Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. At a joint press briefing, the Tunisian minister reaffirmed the importance of the historic visit of HM the King in June 2014 to Tunisia and the Sovereign's support and solidarity with Tun ...

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President of Amazigh World Congress Arrested in Algiers Airport After Visit to Morocco

By Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - The Algerian police arrested the president of the Amazigh World Congress (CMA) upon her arrival in the Houari Boumediene international airport in Algiers from Casablanca on Tuesday.  In a “hastily” sent text message to Siwel - a news source associated with the Provisional Government of Kabylie (GPK) - Kamira Nait Sid, the activist group’s president, said that the police had co ...

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Libya Forms National Unity Government in Morocco

Skhirat  -  A national unity government was formed in Skhirat (outskirts of Rabat), Head of the Libyan presidential council and prime minister-designate of the proposed national unity government, Fayez Al Saraj, announced Sunday evening. In a statement to MAP, Al Saraj extended his thanks to "the Kingdom of Morocco, King, government and people, for hosting the rounds of inter-Libyan political dialogue in re ...

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