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Feb 8, 2011

Gunshots heard in centre of Tunis: witnesses

TUNIS (Reuters) – Gunshots were fired in the center of the Tunisian capital on Tuesday, people in the area said, in a further blow to faltering efforts to restore security after the overthrow of the autocratic president.

Three witnesses told Reuters they heard shooting coming from streets near Avenue Bourguiba, the main thoroughfare in Tunis, but none could see who was responsible.

Feb 7, 2011

Tunisia calls up army reserve to tackle violence

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia asked military reservists to report for duty and warned police they would be fired for skipping work on Monday, in a new drive to restore order three weeks after an uprising overthrew the president.

Security officials in the coalition government put in place after President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia have said there is a conspiracy by officials close to the old administration to spread chaos and take back power.

Feb 6, 2011

Man tries to set himself on fire at Algeria protest

ALGIERS (Reuters) – An Algerian man doused himself with fuel and tried to set himself on fire on Sunday during a small protest outside a government ministry in the capital to demand more jobs.

Algerian opposition groups, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, say they will force the government to quit, but analysts say a revolt is unlikely because officials can use revenue from energy exports to soothe most grievances.

Feb 4, 2011

Al Qaeda kidnaps Italian woman tourist in Algeria

ALGIERS (Reuters) – An Italian woman on a tourist trip to the Sahara desert in Algeria has been kidnapped by al Qaeda insurgents, Algeria’s official news agency and a government security source said on Friday.

Insurgents operating as al Qaeda’s north African wing have been active in the Sahara desert and have kidnapped several foreigners, but until now most of their activities have been in areas of the desert south of Algeria’s borders.

Feb 4, 2011

Al Qaeda kidnaps Italian tourist in Algeria

ALGIERS (Reuters) – An Italian woman on a tourist trip to the Sahara desert in Algeria has been kidnapped by al Qaeda insurgents, Algeria’s official news agency and a government security source said on Friday.

Insurgents operating as al Qaeda’s north African wing have been active in the Sahara desert and have kidnapped several foreigners, but until now most of their activities have been in areas of the desert south of Algeria’s borders.

Feb 4, 2011

Q+A:Will other North African states go way of Egypt and Tunisia?

ALGIERS/RABAT (Reuters) – After popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, what about the other three countries in the turbulent swathe of land along Africa’s northern coast?

Analysts are now scrutinizing whether Libya, Algeria or Morocco could be the next domino to fall.

Feb 4, 2011

Q+A-Will other N.African states go way of Egypt and Tunisia?

ALGIERS/RABAT, Feb 4 (Reuters) – After popular uprisings in
Egypt and Tunisia, what about the other three countries in the
turbulent swathe of land along Africa’s northern coast?

Analysts are now scrutinising whether Libya, Algeria or
Morocco could be the next domino to fall.

Feb 3, 2011

Algeria promises more freedoms to avert protests

ALGIERS, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Algeria promised to end a
19-year-old state of emergency and provide more political
freedoms on Thursday, concessions designed to keep out a wave of
uprisings sweeping the Arab world.

The announcement by the energy exporting nation followed
pressure from government opponents, some inspired by unrest in
Egypt and Tunisia, who demanded the emergency powers be scrapped
and are planning a protest in the capital on Feb. 12.

Feb 3, 2011

Snap Analysis: Algeria to lift emergency rule soon

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Thursday promised more political freedoms, saying a 19-year-old state of emergency would be lifted soon and the opposition would have access to television and radio.

The announcement follows mounting pressure from some government opponents who, inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, had been planning a protest march in the capital for next week.

Feb 3, 2011

Algeria to end 19 years of emergency rule soon

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s state of emergency, in force for the past 19 years, will be lifted in the very near future, official media quoted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as saying on Thursday.

The announcement followed pressure from government opponents, some of them inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, who demanded the emergency powers be scrapped and are planning a protest in the capital on February 12.