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Sep 14, 2014

Splinter group breaks from al Qaeda in North Africa

ALGIERS (Reuters) – A new armed group calling itself the Caliphate Soldiers in Algeria has split from al Qaeda’s North African branch and sworn loyalty to the radical breakaway group Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq.

A breakaway of key Algerian commanders from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, would show deepening rivalry between al Qaeda’s core command and the Islamic State over leadership of the transnational Islamist militancy.

Sep 1, 2014

Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant returning to normal after attack

OSLO/ALGIERS, Sept 1 (Reuters) – A major gas plant in
Algeria where 40 employees were killed by Islamist militants
last year is returning to normal operations following a big step
up in security, one of the plant’s operators said on Monday.

Norway’s Statoil said the In Amenas plant, which
accounted for about 11.5 percent of Algeria’s natural gas output
before the attack, would return to full production in a few
months.

Jun 25, 2014

Algeria, Egypt’s Sisi talk security, gas shipments

ALGIERS/CAIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – Algeria agreed to ship
five cargoes of liquefied natural gas to Egypt before the end of
the year, a source at Algerian state energy firm Sonatrach said,
helping its north African neighbour with its worst energy crunch
in years.

The offer of five 145,000 cubic metre cargoes was made after
a visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Algiers,
his first trip abroad since taking office. Sisi was seeking
Algeria’s support to counter Islamist militancy and cooperation
on the chaos in neighbouring Libya.

May 16, 2014

Algeria unveils Bouteflika constitutional reform package

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s government on Friday released details of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s constitutional reform package that includes delegating more authority to the prime minister and more powers for opposition parties in parliament.

Bouteflika, who won re-election last month despite ill health after suffering a stroke a year ago, promised the reforms to strengthen democracy in a country largely controlled by the ruling FLN party and the army since independence in 1962.

May 16, 2014

Algeria evacuates diplomats from Libya after threats

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria sent a team of special forces to evacuate its ambassador and embassy staff from Libya in a military plane after a militant threat to its embassy, officials and a security source said on Friday.

Algeria gave few details on the threat, but security in Libya has deteriorated and at least eight foreign diplomats have been abducted in Libya this year by militants seeking to exchange hostages for fighters detained overseas.

May 15, 2014

Algeria’s Bouteflika offers reforms to sceptical opposition

ALGIERS, May 15 (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika, newly re-elected despite suffering a stroke last
year, has proposed a raft of reforms including setting a
two-term presidential limit and delegating more authority to the
prime minister, a government source said on Thursday.

Bouteflika, 77, won last month’s election to secure his
fourth five-year term, despite his opponents’ arguments that his
fragile health undermined his ability to govern.

May 12, 2014

Algeria sees strong initial interest in energy round

ALGIERS, May 12 (Reuters) – More than 50 firms joined in the
early stages of Algeria’s new energy round when it hopes new oil
law incentives and the potential of fields on offer will draw
strong bids, a top energy official said.

Africa’s largest gas producer and supplier of a fifth of
Europe’s gas needs, is looking for foreign oil explorers to sign
up to help offset stagnating crude and gas output after a
disappointing round in 2011.

Apr 20, 2014

Al Qaeda kills 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamist militants killed at least 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush in mountains east of the capital Algiers at the weekend in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years.

The troops were in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by al Qaeda’s north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), state news agency APS and a security source said on Sunday.

Apr 20, 2014

Militants kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamic militants killed at least 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers, a security source said on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years.

The troops were searching for militants in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by fighters from al Qaeda’s north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the source told Reuters.

Apr 18, 2014

Algeria’s ailing Bouteflika wins re-election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power.

Bouteflika had cast his vote sitting in a wheelchair on Thursday in what was a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised questions about stability in the North African OPEC oil-exporting state.

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