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Apr 5, 2012

Algeria-Vimpelcom talks sour over fine – sources

ALGIERS, April 5 (Reuters) – Vimpelcom is
considering going to international arbitration after talks with
Algeria on the future of its Djezzy telecoms unit were soured by
the government imposing a $1.25 billion fine, an Algerian
official and a source close to the Russian firm said.

The two sides were close to concluding a deal under which
the Algerian state would have acquired a 51 percent stake in the
Djezzy mobile phone business from Vimpelcom, ending a prolonged
row that has hurt the parent company’s share price.

Mar 3, 2012

Suicide bomber attacks Algerian security base

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Twenty-three people were wounded on Saturday when a suicide bomber drove a four-wheel drive vehicle packed with explosives at a paramilitary police base in a Sahara desert town, local media and security officials said.

The attack was the first in the town of Tamanrasset, an oasis about 2,000 km (1,240) miles south of the Algerian capital, and underscored mounting instability in the Sahara desert after the conflict in nearby Libya.

Mar 2, 2012

Algeria opposition ends boycott to run in election

ALGIERS, March 2 (Reuters) – Algeria’s biggest
opposition party said on Friday it would take part in a May 10
parliamentary election, ending a 15-year boycott and lending
credibility to government promises the vote will be more
democratic than in the past.

Energy exporter Algeria, so far largely untouched by the
“Arab Spring” revolts that toppled leaders in three of its
neighbours, is now under pressure at home and from abroad to
loosen the ruling elite’s tight grip on power.

Feb 22, 2012

Algeria, Libya set aside row to tackle security

ALGIERS/TRIPOLI, Feb 22 (Reuters) – North African neighbours
Libya and Algeria are to exchange high-level visits in an
attempt to re-launch cooperation in fighting arms trafficking
and Islamist insurgents in the Sahara desert.

Security ties had been effectively on hold since the revolt
last year which ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule in Libya, because
of disputes between Algeria and Libya’s new leadership.

Feb 21, 2012

Exclusive: Algeria to allow foreign NGOs to monitor vote

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Election observers from U.S. non-governmental organizations the Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute will for the first time be able to monitor a parliamentary election in Algeria later this year, the interior minister said Tuesday.

Daho Ould Kablia told Reuters that the government, accused of interfering in past votes, would play only a logistical role in the May 10 election, and that for the first time the vote will be supervised by judges and political parties.

Feb 19, 2012

Algeria seizes missiles smuggled from Libya – source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian security forces have found a large cache of weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles, which they believe were smuggled in from neighbouring Libya, a security source briefed on the discovery told Reuters on Saturday.

The find follows warnings from governments in the region that instability in Libya after the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule is allowing weapons taken from Gaddafi’s arsenal to fall into the hands of al Qaeda’s north African branch and other insurgent groups across the Sahara desert.

Feb 18, 2012

Exclusive: Algeria seizes missiles smuggled from Libya: source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian security forces have found a large cache of weapons, including shoulder-fired missiles, which they believe were smuggled in from neighboring Libya, a security source briefed on the discovery told Reuters on Saturday.

The find follows warnings from governments in the region that instability in Libya after the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule is allowing weapons taken from Gaddafi’s arsenal to fall into the hands of al Qaeda’s north African branch and other insurgent groups across the Sahara desert.

Feb 15, 2012

Is an Arab Spring in the air for Algeria?

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When Moncef Marzouki, a former dissident transformed by the “Arab Spring” into Tunisia’s president, paid an official visit to Algeria on Sunday, red and white Tunisian flags flew from lamp-posts in his honor.

Just two days earlier, another former dissident and leading figure of Tunisia’s revolution had been barred from entering. Sihem Bensedrine was allowed into the country after a seven-hour wait only after protests from fellow human rights activists.

Feb 8, 2012

Snow is answer to prayers for N.Africa grain growers

ALGIERS, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Cold weather spreading from
Europe into North Africa has helped the grain crops in Algeria
and Tunisia by dumping snow and rain, breaking a drought so
severe that mosques had offered up prayers for rain.

Neighbouring Morocco though, missed out on the precipitation
and a farmers’ representative said the combination of cold and
lack of rain could hurt crops there, with sugar beet and cane
especially vulnerable.

Feb 1, 2012
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Algeria Islamist leader predicts unrest if May parliamentary vote is rigged

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(Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah, 54, head of a party called the Front for Justice and Development, gestures during an interview with Reuters in his office in Algiers August 13, 2011. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi )

Algeria’s government will ignite an explosion of unrest if it tries to rig a parliamentary election in May to keep its grip on power, according to the leader of an Islamist opposition party vying for a big share of the vote. Algeria, a big energy exporter, is the only North African state largely untouched by the “Arab Spring” upheavals in the region but the election could still act as a catalyst for protests over unemployment, a lack of housing and a government many people feel does not listen to them.

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      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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