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Jun 14, 2011

Gas Natural and Algeria’s Sonatrach end legal row

ALGIERS, June 14 (Reuters) – Algeria’s state-owned
Sonatrach and Spanish utility Gas Natural (GAS.MC: Quote, Profile, Research) said on
Tuesday they have settled a long-running dispute with a deal
that involves the Spanish firm paying $1.897 billion to
Sonatrach.

The Algerian energy firm will also have the opportunity to
acquire a minority stake in Gas Natural as part of the
agreement, which draws a line under a dispute over the prices
Gas Natural pays for Algerian gas imports.

May 26, 2011

Al Qaeda N.Africa branch to step up attacks:expert

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s North African branch is likely to step up its attacks to stake its claim for leadership of the global network after the death of Osama bin Laden, a leading Algerian security specialist said.

Now that bin Laden has been killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in a villa in Pakistan, the different al Qaeda “franchises” will compete for supremacy, said Professor Mhand Berkouk, head of Algeria’s Centre for Strategic and Security Studies.

May 15, 2011

Algeria to free jailed militants: Islamist leaders

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika will soon release several thousand Islamists from prison to help draw a line under a conflict that killed an estimated 200,000 people, two prominent Islamists told Reuters.

Bouteflika is trying to stop revolts in other Arab countries from spreading to Algeria, and needs to ensure the backing of Islamists, who represent an influential social force.

Apr 15, 2011

Algerian president promises major political reforms

ALGIERS, April 15 (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz
Bouteflika promised on Friday to ensure free elections, amend
the constitution and end jailing of journalists — moves aimed
at preventing local unrest turning into a national uprising.

Bouteflika, who had not spoken in public for at least three
months, said he had decided to amend the constitution “to
reinforce representative democracy” in Algeria.

Apr 15, 2011

Algeria president to launch major political reforms

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Friday he will launch legislative reforms and amend the constitution, a move aimed at heading off a wave of pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Arab world.

“I will urge the parliament to review all the legislative framework,” Bouteflika, 74, said in a speech broadcast by state-owned television.

Apr 14, 2011

Algeria protests challenge president’s authority

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s leaders risk losing control of a tide of strikes and protests that has been gaining momentum and outpacing the government’s attempts at reform.

Unlike the nationwide uprisings which toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Algeria’s protests are localised and have yet to turn into a national political movement.

Apr 14, 2011

Analysis: Algeria protests challenge president’s authority

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s leaders risk losing control of a tide of strikes and protests that has been gaining momentum and outpacing the government’s attempts at reform.

Unlike the nationwide uprisings which toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia, Algeria’s protests are localized and have yet to turn into a national political movement.

Apr 14, 2011

Book Talk: Algeria’s leading novelist says time for change

By Lamine Chikhi

ALGIERS (Reuters Life!) – Novelist Mohammed Moulessehoul (pseudonym: Yasmina Khadra), Algeria’s biggest literary export, has strong views on his native country’s cultural life, and on the urgent need for political change.

The author of acclaimed novels including “The Attack”, and the “Swallow of Kabul” spoke to Reuters about politics, society, and how the Arab world is perceived in the West. The following are edited excerpts from his answers:

Apr 6, 2011

Algeria Islamists urge release of jailed ex-fighters

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Two prominent Algerian Islamists called on the president on Wednesday to release up to 7,000 Islamists from prison, a move they said would draw a line under a conflict that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

Most of the thousands jailed during Algeria’s nearly two-decade conflict between Islamist insurgents and government forces were freed under an amnesty but a hard core did not qualify for release.

Apr 4, 2011

Exclusive – Qaeda gets arms in Libya -Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is exploiting the conflict in Libya to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, and smuggle them to a stronghold in northern Mali, a senior security official in neighbouring Algeria told Reuters.

Western governments have demanded that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi step down after his forces cracked down on a revolt against his rule, but some governments in the region are nervous that al Qaeda could step into a power vacuum.

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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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