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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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Human Rights Watch calls on Algeria to “allow Rights Groups to visit”

Rabat - Algeria is still denying the requests of UN human rights experts and international human rights nongovernmental organizations to visit the country, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. After Algiers refused the requests of five human rights organizations to visit the country, Human Rights Watch called on Algeria to uphold the values of the United Nations Human Rights Council by allowing ...

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China’s FAW signs deal to build vehicles in Algeria

ALGIERS - Chinese state manufacturer FAW is to build an assembly plant in Algeria producing 10,000 vehicles per year under an agreement signed with Arcofina, the private Algerian firm Arcofina told AFP. The agreement provides for an initial investment of five billion dinars ($61 million, 46 million euros), and Arcofina CEO Abdelouahab Rahim said that the figure will rise. To conform with Algerian law, Arcof ...

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Tensions escalating between Morocco and Algeria over the Sahara

Bordeaux- Morocco replied to Algeria's latest verbal attack stating President Bouteflika is trying to hide his country's domestic trouble. Moroccan officials didn't appreciate Algeria's tone when addressing the issue of Western Sahara. MAP, the Kingdom's official press agency, released a wire today stating the Algerian declarations are "yet another diversion to hide a precarious internal situation." In a sp ...

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Algeria seizes 127 tonnes of hashish in 8 months

ALGIERS - Algeria has seized more than 127 tonnes of cannabis smuggled from Morocco in the first eight months of 2013, the head of the narcotics squad announced on Wednesday.    "In total, 127,098.875 kilos of cannabis resin... were seized in the first eight months of 2013," said Mohamed Zouggar, cited by official media.    Zouggar said all the cannabis seized by the Algerian authorities came from Morocco. ...

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Two Islamists killed east of Algiers: army

ALGIERS - Algerian soldiers killed two armed Islamists on Thursday in a military operation east of the capital, the defence ministry said. The incident occurred in Ain El Hamra, in the Boumerdes region, with a weapons cache recovered in the operation, the ministry added, without elaborating. Violence attributed to Islamists has declined considerably in Algeria in recent years, after a decade of appalling bl ...

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‘Terrorists’ kill 3 Algerian policemen: report

ALGIERS, Aug 07, 2013 (AFP) Gunmen have killed three policemen in an ambush in the eastern Algerian region of Kabylie and lost one of their own, daily newspaper El-Watan reported on Wednesday.  "A police patrol was attacked by a group of terrorists on the road to the new hospital in Azeffoun" on Tuesday afternoon, some 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of the city of Tizi Ouzou, the paper said. A major manhunt ...

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Algeria Islamic council berates Ramadan ‘non-fasters’

 ALGIERS Algeria's High Islamic Council condemned on Wednesday a group of Berbers who organised a public lunch during the Ramadan fast to protest against its official imposition. During the day on Saturday, some 500 "non-fasters" gathered in Tizi Ouzou, east of the capital, where they publicly ate, drank and smoked to make their point.  One of the five pillars, or basic precepts, of Islam is that all health ...

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Qaeda officials killed in Algeria ambush: reports

ALGIERS, July 21, 2013 (AFP) At least two of four Islamists killed by security forces in a raid southeast of Algeria's capital were members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), press reports said Sunday. The four were aboard a vehicle ambushed in the town of Sour El-Ghozlane some 100 kilometres (60 miles) southeast of Algiers, reported Le Soir d'Algerie, citing reliable security sources. The ambush to ...

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Algerian army kills 4 Islamists in raid: security

 ALGIERS, July 20, 2013 (AFP) Algerian soldiers shot dead four Islamists during an overnight raid in the town of Sour El-Ghozlane southeast of the capital Algiers, security sources said on Saturday. The army also seized weapons during the raid, the national news agency APS said quoting security sources. In the 1990s Algeria witnessed a decade of fighting between troops and Islamist fighters in which some 20 ...

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Four Algerian troops killed in bomb attack: reports

ALGIERS, July 17, 2013 (AFP) Four Algerian soldiers were killed when two bombs struck their passing patrol in the region of Tipaza, west of the capital Algiers, media reports said Wednesday, adding the attack wounded another three troops. The Tuesday attack appeared to have been pre-planned but coincided with the return home of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from Paris after a stay of nearly three ...

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Five dead in Algeria ‘honour’ killings

ALGIERS, June 05, 2013 (AFP) An Algerian man is suspected of killing five people south of the capital to "cleanse his family's honour" after his niece eloped with her boyfriend to avoid an arranged marriage, residents said on Wednesday. The 44-year-old surrendered to police after the Tuesday killings in the rural Djelfa region south of the capital, the residents said. First to die were two cousins of the su ...

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