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Algeria Urges Citizens Not to Attend CAN 2015 Over Ebola Fears

Rabat- Amid looming ebola virus fears across the African continent, the Algerian government has reportedly urged its citizens not to go with their national team to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), which will take place in Equatorial Guinea. In a recent statement to local news outlets, the Algerian Minister of Youth and Sport Mohamed Tehmi said that the government ‘’will not take the risk to send its ...

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HWR: Algeria Legally Responsible for Ensuring Respect for Human Rights in Tindouf Camps

Algiers  - While the Polisario governs the refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria ultimately has the responsibility to ensure the protection of the rights of all persons on its soil, Human Rights Watch said Saturday in Algiers. "Algeria should publicly acknowledge its legal responsibility for ensuring respect for the rights of everyone on its territory, including residents of the Polisario-run refugee camps", HW ...

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Algeria: Today the Police, Who’s Next?

Majid Morceli San Francisco- While Algerian President Bouteflika was hosting his guest Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who arrived Thursday morning for a very short visit of only a few hours, his police force continued to protest outside the presidential palace, demanding a pay raise, free housing, better working conditions, and compensation when injured on the job. The police have also demanded that t ...

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Algeria-Morocco: The New Kid on the Block

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- There is no denial that since naming Salaheddine Mezouar the head of Moroccan diplomacy, we are now witnessing a different ball game with regards to the Western Sahara issue. He is a shrewd public servant. His first major mission was to plug the holes that the Polisario was using to undermine Morocco, and so far he done a magnificent job. We no longer see Polisario sympathize ...

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Algeria-Morocco: Borders of Hate and Shame

Majid Morceli San Francisco- Just as countries around the globe often celebrate their reconciliation and their union, we in North Africa just unceremoniously celebrated the 20th anniversary of the closing of the borders between Morocco and Algeria. It’s an established fact that the closing of the borders impeded economic integration between the Maghreb countries in general, but what you don’t often hear is ...

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Thank you Algeria for Honoring the Maghreb

Majid Morceli San Francisco - I left work early yesterday to go to watch Algeria play against Germany in the World Cup. Before the game, I was silently cheering for Germany, due to the many negative comments about Morocco in the Algerian media. What really did it to me was when one of the Algerian TV anchors specifically dedicated the passage of Algeria to the second round to the Polisario, a slap in the fa ...

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Capello Accuses Algerian Supporters of Using Laser to Blind Russian Goalkeeper

Casablanca- Following Algeria’s victory over Russia in their latest 2014 World Cup match, Russia’s coach, Fabio Capello, accused Algerian supporters of using laser to distract the Russian goalkeeper as he was trying to stop the long ball that eventually tied the score (1-1), granting Algeria qualification to the next round. “He was blinded by the laser beam,” stated Capello, quoted by The Guardian. “There a ...

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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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Algeria Distorts, Inaccurately Translates Kerry’s Speech on Presidential Election

Fez- Two days after US Secretary of State, John Kerry's visit to Algeria, Washington issued a communiqué saying that Kerry’s statement at the opening of the US-Algeria Dialogue during his first visit to Algeria earlier this week was distorted. Following the speech delivered by John Kerry, Algeria’s official news agency released a report in which it stated that the United States “expresses its satisfaction w ...

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Algeria’s six presidential candidates

ALGIERS- Campaigning kicks off on Sunday in Algeria for the April 17 presidential vote, with incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely  expected to clinch a fourth term. Below are short profiles of the six candidates: Abdelaziz Bouteflika Bouteflika, 77, first came to power in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2009 after having amended the constitution to allow him to stand  again. He is credited wit ...

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Algeria’s Bouteflika: health does not ‘disqualify’ re-election

ALGIERS- Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Saturday his ailing health does not "disqualify" his bid to run for a fourth term in polls next month. "The difficulties linked to my health do no appear to disqualify me in your eyes," he said in a message to the Algerian people on the eve of the start of campaigning, carried by national news agency APS. Bouteflika, who is 77 and has been in office sin ...

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