Algeria

Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are protesting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely. Bouteflika’s announcement Monday to withdrew his candidacy for a fifth term cheered his opponents. But on Tuesday, there was more skepticism over his decision to delay an April 18 election without setting a new date, which opponents say … Continue reading Algerians keep up pressure after president’s half-concession

Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria(AP)— Algeria’s president of two decades abandoned his bid for a fifth term Monday following unprecedented protests over his fitness for office, but his simultaneous postponement of an election set for next month had critics worried he intends to hold on to power. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely been seen in public since … Continue reading Algeria’s president abandons bid for 5th term amid protests

The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the political situation and protests in Algeria (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Algerian state news agency APS says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named the interior minister in his government as the new prime minister. Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui is close to the president’s brother. Bouteflika charged Bedoui with … Continue reading The Latest: Algeria to get new constitution, government

Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian teenagers and lawyers held protests Monday, and workers held scattered walkouts, as their tense nation waits to see whether ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika offers any concessions in the face of unprecedented protests. Algerian media and protest leaders expect it could be a decisive day for the gas-rich North African country, … Continue reading Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The decision to run for a new term in … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika landed at a military airport south of the capital Sunday after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — An Algerian government plane believed to be carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took off from Geneva on Sunday to bring him back home as major demonstrations against his rule have gripped Algeria. The 82-year-old Bouteflika spent two weeks at a Swiss hospital where he went for medical treatment. Bouteflika suffered a stroke in … Continue reading Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

Thousands of Algerians protest over absent president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wrapped in Algerian flags, singing and tossing flowers, a festive crowd of thousands of protesters marched through central Algiers on Friday to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s hold on power. The protesters converged after prayers in a dense stream stretching nearly a kilometer, while onlookers threw flowers and confetti from flag-draped balconies. … Continue reading Thousands of Algerians protest over absent president

Hundreds of Algerian students protest, call for strike

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students are gathering for new protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s decision to seek a fifth term, calling for a general strike if he doesn’t meet their demands this week. Hundreds of students gathered in central Algiers and in three cities in southern Algeria, holding signs in English that read “Algeria … Continue reading Hundreds of Algerian students protest, call for strike

Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term does not appear to have satisfied protesters, who faced off with riot police overnight. Crowds of mainly young protesters demonstrated into the early hours of Monday after Bouteflika’s campaign manager formalized the president’s candidacy for a fifth … Continue reading Algeria: Anger boils despite president’s offer to protesters

Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Angry Algerians have protested into the night despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s offer of a new constitution and a truncated next term. Crowds of mainly young protesters faced off with riot police in Algiers late Sunday and early Monday after Bouteflika’s campaign manager formalized the longtime leader’s candidacy for a fifth term … Continue reading Algeria president’s offer to protesters fails to quell anger

Students stage protests across Algeria against president

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of students staged protests on Tuesday in several university cities across Algeria to voice their opposition to ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term. Following massive street protests last week, students skipped classes and answered calls posted on social networks to join the gatherings held on campuses. The … Continue reading Students stage protests across Algeria against president

ALGIERS, Algeria | New anti-Bouteflika protests take place in Algeria’s capital

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered in Algeria’s capital for the second time this week to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s bid for a fifth term. Two days after major street demonstrations that took place across the country, police said some 800 protesters took to the streets on Sunday, answering a call … Continue reading ALGIERS, Algeria | New anti-Bouteflika protests take place in Algeria’s capital

ALGIERS, Algeria | Man with hammer hacks Algeria statue of bare-breasted woman

ALGIERS, Algeria— A man with a hammer on Tuesday attacked and damaged a statue of a bare-breasted woman, an emblem of the eastern city of Setif, in the latest in a series of such attacks. Setif communications director Mohamed Touiri said that a Salafist, someone who adheres to a conservative brand of Islam, disfigured the … Continue reading ALGIERS, Algeria | Man with hammer hacks Algeria statue of bare-breasted woman

U.S. Department of State News: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales To Travel to Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will be in Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco August 26-30.  He will engage in bilateral discussions with his counterparts on counterterrorism cooperation, countering violent extremism, foreign terrorist fighters, and information sharing. _______ SOURCE: news provided by STATE.GOV

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Prime Minister Ouyahia in Algeria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ ‎On June 28, after participating in the Fifth U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Dialogue in Algiers,  Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.  The Deputy Secretary and Prime Minister discussed cooperation to … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Prime Minister Ouyahia in Algeria

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel in Algeria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ ‎On June 28, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel on the margins of the U.S.-Algeria Counterterrorism Dialogue in Algiers.  During the meeting, Deputy Secretary Sullivan thanked Foreign Minister … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel in Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria | 8 injured in Algeria as military plane overshoots the runway

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian television channels say eight crew members have been injured after a military aircraft overshot the runway upon landing at Biskra Airport. Private news channels Ennahar and Dzair News are showing images of the plane, a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, cut in half near the airport, which is 450 kilometers … Continue reading ALGIERS, Algeria | 8 injured in Algeria as military plane overshoots the runway