Algeria tensions: Governing party chief backs protesters
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The acting head of Algeria's governing party says it is throwing its support behind protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Organizers say 2,000 students, doctors, dentists and veterinarians have marched in the Algerian capital to demand that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika step...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui struggled to form a new government Monday as candidates sought to keep their distance from unpopular President Abdelaziz...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — With Algerian flags on their backs, hundreds of thousands of people of all ages marched for a fourth consecutive Friday through Algeria's capital and other cities to press...
Algerian prime minister promises new government in days
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's new prime minister promised Thursday to create a government within days and to respond to the demands of protesting youth, a day before planned nationwide...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian opposition leaders called for continued mass protests Wednesday against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as key figures in his new government attempted to appeal for...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian students protested Tuesday against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to delay presidential elections indefinitely, as political opposition figures voiced...
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...
The Latest: Algeria’s president names new prime minister
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on the political situation and protests in Algeria (all times local):
Algerian state news agency APS says President Abdelaziz Bouteflika...
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...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on Algeria's president (all times local):
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed at a military airport south of the capital and...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria, a gas-rich African giant and crucial western ally nearly brought to its knees in the 1990s by a bloody Islamist insurgency, is at a new turning point, this time...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of the Algerian capital in their third, and largest, Friday protest to try to break President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Lawyers and doctors joined protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Thursday, demanding to know who had signed off on a medical certificate for the...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The general who leads Algeria's army responded Tuesday to protests against the country's longtime president, darkly evoking the years of bloodshed before the current...
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...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's ailing president said Sunday that if he wins a fifth term in April, he would promote political changes that his critics have demanded and call an early...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The campaign office of Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has named a new campaign chief, one day after masses of Algerians took to the streets to protest his bid for...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Masses of Algerians surged through the capital and rallied in other cities Friday against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, in an exceptional...
Reporters protest muzzle on Algeria president’s 5th term bid
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Police have arrested a handful of journalists during a demonstration by reporters in Algiers to denounce their media outlets' refusal to let them cover demonstrations...
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...
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.
Protests in Algeria against president’s bid for 5th term
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets in several towns to denounce ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term.
2 killed in military helicopter crash in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Algerian defense ministry says a military helicopter crashed overnight in a remote area of the northwestern province of Tiaret, killing the two officers on...
Algerian opposition weighs joint presidential candidate
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Members of Algeria's diverse political opposition struggled Wednesday to secure a joint candidate to face incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the April 18...
As Algerian leader ails, would-be challengers eye election
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A record number of people want to run for president of Algeria in the country's April election, amid growing uncertainty about whether incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who said Sunday he plans to seek a fifth term despite being infirm since a 2013 stroke, is fit enough after two decades in charge of this gas-rich North African nation.
The Latest: Algeria’s ailing leader affirms run for 5th term
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on Algeria's presidential election (all times local):
Algeria's ailing president has announced that he will seek a fifth five-year term in April's election in the gas-rich North African nation.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made the announcement via Algeria's official APS news agency on Sunday.
He has faced questions over whether he is fit enough to remain in office after two decades in charge.
PM: Algerian President Bouteflika, 82, to run for 5th term
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister says 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will seek a fifth term in this year's election through a letter to the Algerian people in the coming days.
Algerian ex-prime minister Benflis to run for presidency
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian ex-Prime Minister Ali Benflis has announced he will run for president in next year's election.
The 74-year-old Benflis was President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign director in 1999 and was named prime minister in 2000. He quit as prime minister in 2003 and unsuccessfully challenged Bouteflika in 2004 and again in 2014.
Benflis formed his own party in 2015, Talaie El Houriat, Arabic for Vanguard of Freedoms.
Catholic monks killed in Algeria’s civil war are beatified
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A cardinal dispatched by the Vatican to Algeria held an unusual beatification ceremony on Saturday for 19 monks, nuns and other Catholics who were killed during Algeria's civil war in the 1990s.
Bouteflika, citing flu, scraps talks with Saudi crown prince
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's planned meeting with Abdelaziz Bouteflika was canceled on Monday because the Algerian president is sick.
Bouteflika's office said in a statement that the ailing 81-year-old was confined to bed with an "acute flu" as the Saudi prince arrived for his two-day trip to Algeria.
Algeria: Online rights group says news site creator arrested
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A French association of digital freedom and anti-censorship groups says its correspondent in Algeria has been arrested.
Internet Without Borders said Abdou Semmar was detained Wednesday evening along with Merouane Boudiab, the associate director of an online news site Semmar founded, Algerie Part.
Algeria bans wearing of full-face veils in administration
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria Prime minister Ahmed Ouayhia has banned female public sector employees from wearing veils that cover their faces.
In a letter sent to ministers and regional governors on Thursday, Ahmed Ouayhia cited reasons of identification for the move. Civil servants, he wrote, need to "observe the rules and requirements of security and communication within their department, which impose their systematic and permanent physical identification."
5 Algerian major-generals face corruption charges, jailed
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian television station close to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's family reports that five senior Algerian army officers have been jailed after appearing before a magistrate on corruption charges.
Ennahar TV says the major-generals — three former military region heads, a former gendarme head and the Defense Ministry's financial services chief — faced charges Sunday of "illicit enrichment" and "use of a senior officer's function for personal purposes."
Algeria denies forced expulsions of migrants to desert
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has categorically denied the most recent claims that it forcibly expels West African migrants to its border with Niger, leaving them stranded in the desert.
A statement Wednesday night by Algeria's foreign ministry said the country would continue expelling migrants living there illegally, adhering to international conventions and "with respect to (migrants') dignity."
Man with hammer hacks Algeria statue of bare-breasted woman
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — 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.
Algeria approves beatification service for slain Catholics
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian authorities say the country's president has approved a December beatification ceremony for seven Trappist monks and 12 other Catholics who were killed during a bloody civil war in the 1990s.
Religious Affairs Minister Mohamed Aissa said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika agreed the ceremony could take place on Dec. 8 in Oran's Santa Cruz basilica.
OPEC, allies agree not to further increase oil production
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A meeting of OPEC and its allies ended without any decision to further increase oil output despite President Donald Trump's call for lower prices.
Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries met on Sunday in Algiers with non-members including Russia.
The committee said in a statement that it was satisfied "regarding the current oil market outlook, with an overall healthy balance between supply and demand."
Merkel, Algerian officials discuss migration, Libya
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday during a one-day visit to the country to discuss migration and the situation in neighboring Libya.
Algeria's official APS news agency reported the meeting happened in the presence Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and other government members.
France’s Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday formally recognized the responsibility of the French state in the death of a dissident mathematician in Algeria in 1957, admitting for the first time the French military's "system" that included torture during Algeria's independence war.
Algerian generals, others fired without explanation
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Heads have been rolling in the Algerian army, the North African nation's most respected institution, and in other security services, with generals in top posts fired — without explanation — at a rate never before seen.
The across-the-board changes, and the silence, are highlighting the opaque nature of the nation's power structure.
3 Algerian soldiers, 2 extremists killed in clash
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Officials say three soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in a clash with Islamist militants in western Algeria. They say two militants, including the chieftain of the group, were also killed.
The prefecture in Sidi Bel Abbes, some 600 kilometers west of the capital Algiers, said Tuesday that the extremists fired on the soldiers during a patrol in the village of Talagh a day earlier.
Algeria’s ailing president returns from Swiss health check
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's office says he is back in the country after undergoing medical check-ups in Switzerland.
His office's brief statement contained no details about the health of the 81-year-old president, who uses a wheelchair and suffered a stroke in 2013.
Bouteflika traveled Monday to Geneva for what the presidency called a periodic health check.
Algeria says cholera outbreak “completely under control.”
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's government is rejecting trade union calls to delay the start of the new school year because of a cholera outbreak that has caused two deaths and infected dozens.
Health Minister Mokhtar Hasbellaoui insisted that "the situation is completely under control."
Speaking after a hospital visit on Sunday, he said the outbreak would be eradicated within days.
Fugitive charged with parental kidnapping
BOSTON (AP) — A fugitive who previously resided in Massachusetts has been charged for kidnapping his child in violation of court orders.
Prosecutors say 33-year-old Malik Benhamza was charged Monday at Boston federal court in a criminal complaint with one count of international parental kidnapping. Benhamza, a French national, is believed to be in Algiers, Algeria.
Algerian court convicts rights activist for 2014 remarks
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has arrested then convicted a human rights activist for inciting violence more than four years after his statements in support of a minority.
The court in Ghardaia sentenced Salim Yezza to a one-year suspended prison sentence on Tuesday and fined him 100,000 dinars (about $115.00).
His lawyer, Kouceila Zerguine, said on Facebook that he will appeal.
7 soldiers, 4 extremists killed in clash in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Four extremists were killed in a violent clash in the Skikda region, some 420 kilometers (260 miles) east of the capital city of Algiers, Algeria's defense ministry said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, local police and a military official in Algiers told the Associated Press that seven soldiers were also killed in the skirmish that occurred Monday in the locality of Bessi during a search and sweep operation.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's army chief has told political parties to keep the military out of next year's presidential election, vigorously pushing back against calls for the army to oversee a transition period.
Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah said in a speech Thursday that the army shouldn't be part of "political distractions." He said its loyalty is to the people and it is "above political parties."