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Apr 25, 2012

Algeria opposition party returns from wilderness

TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, April 25 (Reuters) – It was a
homecoming. After boycotting all national elections for more
than a decade, Algeria’s oldest opposition party was back on the
campaign trail in its heartland.

But the rally at a soccer stadium in this Berber town was a
muted affair. About 1,500 people showed up, assembling around
the half-way line. When a party leader led chants of “the
authorities are assassins”, the sound echoed off empty seats.

Apr 15, 2012

Algeria offers own brand of “Arab Spring” for vote

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria on Sunday launched the campaign for a parliamentary election that the ruling elite, in power for 50 years, hopes will soak up the pressure for change that has been building since the “Arab Spring” revolts in neighboring countries.

Oil and gas exporter Algeria is the only country in north Africa whose political system has remained essentially unchanged after the turmoil of last year when long-standing rulers were unseated in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Apr 11, 2012

First president of independent Algeria dies: state media

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Ahmed Ben Bella helped lead Algeria’s fight for independence from France and after victory became its first president, a figure who symbolized the romance of the national liberation struggle before the harsh reality of running a country intruded.

He died on Thursday morning in the Algerian capital, aged 96, after an illness, the state-run news agency reported.

Apr 11, 2012

Algeria’s frosty business climate may thaw

ALGIERS, April 11 (Reuters) – After a three-year campaign
against one of its biggest foreign investors chilled Algeria’s
business climate, the country is sending out tentative signals
that it may be ready for a thaw.

A period of aggressive economic nationalism, symbolised by
the state’s drive to take control of the Djezzy mobile phone
business owned by Amsterdam-headquartered Vimpelcom, has
failed to create the jobs demanded by the population.

Apr 10, 2012

Algeria says to revise tax on some energy projects-paper

ALGIERS, April 11 (Reuters) – OPEC member Algeria plans to
change the way it levies tax on some energy projects so that
foreign oil companies pay tax on profits they make from the
projects and not on turnover, a newspaper quoted Energy Minister
Youcef Yousfi as saying.

The minister also said a decision would be made on the
planned Galsi gas pipeline to Italy by the end of the year after
a review of its feasibility and that technical problems would
reduce output for up to three months at the Arzew refinery.

Mar 29, 2012

Gaddafi family says Italy asset seizure illegal

ALGIERS, March 29 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s family
described as illegal on Thursday the seizure of 1.1 billion
euros ($1.46 billion) worth of assets that Italian police said
belonged to members of the ousted Libyan leader’s family.

The assets, including stakes in blue chip Italian companies,
a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a chunk of forest on a
Mediterranean island, were held by Libya’s sovereign wealth fund
on behalf of the Gaddafi family, Italy’s tax police said.

Mar 9, 2012

Thousands rally in Libya against autonomy for east

TRIPOLI, March 9 (Reuters) – Thousands of people
protested in Libya’s two biggest cities on Friday in a show of
opposition to moves from some in the oil-producing east to
declare autonomy from central rule.

A group of civic leaders in the eastern city of Benghazi
this week said they would run their own affairs, defying the
government in Tripoli which is already struggling to assert its
authority after Muammar Gaddafi was ousted last year.

Mar 8, 2012

Exclusive: Gaddafi hid arms in Libyan embassies across globe

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The administration of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was running a covert program to conceal weapons in Libyan embassies across the globe, a senior official in the new government said on Thursday.

The weapons included handguns, grenades and bomb-making materials and were shipped using the diplomatic bag. They may have been intended for use in assassinations on Libyan dissidents abroad, or for operations against the embassies’ host countries.

Mar 8, 2012

Gaddafi hid arms in Libyan embassies across globe

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The administration of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was running a covert programme to conceal weapons in Libyan embassies across the globe, a senior official in the new government said on Thursday.

The weapons included handguns, grenades and bomb-making materials and were shipped using the diplomatic bag. They may have been intended for use in assassinations on Libyan dissidents abroad, or for operations against the embassies’ host countries.

Mar 7, 2012

British journalists held in Libya treated well – jailer

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Two British journalists held in Libya on suspicion of spying have their own room, access to telephones and are fed meals of chicken and pasta, but they will be kept where they are for several more weeks, the head of the militia holding them said.

Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, who were working for Iran’s English-language Press TV, were detained on February 22 by the Swehli brigade, one of the dozens of militias which last year helped force out Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.