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Aug 30, 2011

Gaddafi’s daughter gives birth in Algeria: sources

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By Lamine Chikhi and Marie-Louise Gumuchian

ALGIERS, Aug 30 (Reuters – Muammar Gaddafi became a grandfather again on Tuesday when his daughter Aisha gave birth to a girl within hours of fleeing across Libya’s desert border into Algeria, officials said.

Algerian officials highlighted the plight of the expectant mother in explaining a decision to give refuge to the fugitive Libyan ex-leader’s wife and three of her children on Monday — a move denounced by the country’s new rulers as an act of aggression.

Aug 30, 2011

Security fears behind Algeria haven for Gaddafi family

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s decision to give refuge to members of Muammar Gaddafi’s family is rooted in its leaders’ deep fears that the revolution in neighbouring Libya will revive the Islamist violence it has spent years battling.

By letting Gaddafi’s wife, two sons, and daughter flee into its territory, Algeria risks diplomatic isolation, but its government has shown it is unafraid of swimming against the tide of international opinion where its interests are at stake.

Aug 30, 2011

Analysis: Security fears behind Algeria haven for Gaddafi family

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s decision to give refuge to members of Muammar Gaddafi’s family is rooted in its leaders’ deep fears that the revolution in neighboring Libya will revive the Islamist violence it has spent years battling.

By letting Gaddafi’s wife, two sons, and daughter flee into its territory, Algeria risks diplomatic isolation, but its government has shown it is unafraid of swimming against the tide of international opinion where its interests are at stake.

Aug 27, 2011

Algeria attack raises fears over militants’ reach

CHERCHELL, Algeria, Aug 27 (Reuters) – A suicide attack on
an Algerian army barracks left many wondering how militants had
managed to strike in one of the country’s most secure locations
and stirred dark memories of past conflict.

Two suicide bombers hit the barracks housing a prestigious
military school in the coastal town of Cherchell west of Algiers
on Friday, killing 16 soldiers and two civilians.

Aug 27, 2011

18 killed in Algeria suicide attack – hospital source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers hit a military barracks in Algeria Friday, killing 18 people in one of the deadliest attacks in the North African country in recent years.

The attackers arrived by motorbike near the entrance of the barracks in Cherchell soon after iftar — when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, a security source said.

Aug 27, 2011

Eighteen killed in Algeria attack – hospital source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers hit a military barracks in Algeria on Friday, killing 18 people in one of the deadliest attacks in the North African country in recent years.

The attackers arrived by motorbike near the entrance of the barracks in Cherchell soon after iftar — when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, a security source said.

Aug 25, 2011

Algeria wants Libya rebels to curb al Qaeda-source

ALGIERS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Algeria will not yet recognise
Libyan rebels as the new leadership of its neighbour state and
wants them to make a strong commitment to fighting al Qaeda in
North Africa, an Algerian government source told Reuters.

That message underscored a degree of tension between Algeria
and some Libyan rebel leaders, who before Muammar Gaddafi
apparent fall in an insurgent advance into Tripoli this week
accused Algiers of supporting him in the civil war. Algerian
authorities have denied this.

Aug 18, 2011

Algeria “not immune to Arab spring revolt”

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria could be swept by an Arab Spring-style revolt if the government does not urgently fix social and political problems, the country’s leading Islamist opposition politician said.

Sheikh Abdallah Djaballah, 54, head of a party called the Front for Justice and Development, said the government had tried to appease anger by handing out cash, but had failed to address a lack of democracy at the root of Algeria’s problems.

Jul 14, 2011

How fuel smuggling keeps Gaddafi machine running

ZOKRA, Tunisia (Reuters)- Yacine, a 24-year old Tunisian in jeans and an oil-stained red T-shirt, has been busy since war broke out next door in Libya.

Yacine is the owner of a corrugated iron shack on the side of the road that cuts through the desert from the Tunisian town of Ben Gardane to the border with Libya.

Jul 14, 2011

Special report: How fuel smuggling keeps Gaddafi machine running

ZOKRA, Tunisia (Reuters)- Yacine, a 24-year old Tunisian in jeans and an oil-stained red T-shirt, has been busy since war broke out next door in Libya.

Yacine is the owner of a corrugated iron shack on the side of the road that cuts through the desert from the Tunisian town of Ben Gardane to the border with Libya.

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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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