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Jul 4, 2011

Gaddafi govt says in talks, rebels say he must go

TRIPOLI, July 4 (Reuters) – The Libyan government said on
Monday it was in talks with opposition figures but there seemed
little chance of a swift end to the conflict as both sides stuck
to entrenched positions on the fate of Muammar Gaddafi.

The leader’s son Saif al-Islam, in combative form, told a
French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to
his father’s 42-year rule, while the rebels, stepping back from
a hint of a concession, renewed their demand that he go now.

Jul 4, 2011

Gaddafi government in talks with rebels

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Libyan government said on Monday that it was in talks with opposition figures but there seemed little chance of a swift end to the civil war as both sides stuck to entrenched positions on the fate of Muammar Gaddafi.

The leader’s son Saif al-Islam, in combative form, told a French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to his father’s 42-year rule, while the rebels, stepping back from a hint of a concession, renewed their demand that he go now.

Jul 4, 2011

Gaddafi government says in talks, rebels say he must go

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Libyan government said on Monday that it was in talks with opposition figures but there seemed little chance of a swift end to the civil war as both sides stuck to entrenched positions on the fate of Muammar Gaddafi.

The leader’s son Saif al-Islam, in combative form, told a French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to his father’s 42-year rule, while the rebels, stepping back from a hint of a concession, renewed their demand that he go now.

Jul 2, 2011

U.S. slams Gaddafi threat to attack Europe

MADRID/TRIPOLI, July 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Western calls on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit, brushing off his threat to attack Europeans in their homes and offices.

“Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition,” Clinton told reporters on a trip to Spain.

Jul 2, 2011

Clinton slams Gaddafi threat to attack Europe

MADRID/TRIPOLI, July 2 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Western calls on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit, brushing off his threat to attack Europeans in their homes and offices.

“Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition,” Clinton told reporters on a trip to Spain.

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.

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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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