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Oct 1, 2014

Two Algerians investigated over Frenchman’s kidnapping: sources

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Two Algerians who accompanied Frenchman Herve Gourdel just before militants kidnapped and beheaded him are under house arrest while a judge investigates whether they were involved in the abduction, two security sources said on Wednesday.

The two men were among five Algerians who went with Gourdel on a mountain hike last month before he was taken by militants who killed him to punish France for its military intervention against Islamic State fighters in Iraq.

Sep 28, 2014

Frenchman’s murder puts Algeria back on the shifting map of jihad

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When a little-known group of Algerian militants beheaded a French tourist last week, they were not only lashing out at the West, but also staking an unmistakable claim in the shifting ground of jihadist power politics.

Herve Gourdel’s murder by the Caliphate Soldiers, ostensibly to punish France for Western military strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq, was testament to the pull now exerted by the al Qaeda-offshoot in the battle for the loyalties of jihadists.

Sep 22, 2014

French national taken in Algeria, group claims kidnapping

PARIS/ALGIERS (Reuters) – A French national was kidnapped in eastern Algeria on Sunday, France’s foreign ministry said, and his kidnappers issued a video threatening to kill him if Paris did not halt its intervention in Iraq.

The Caliphate Soldiers, a group linked to Islamic State militants, published a video on the Internet soon after the French ministry’s announcement on Monday, claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and showing a man who identified himself as Herve Gourdel, 55, from Nice in southern France.

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.

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