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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamist militants killed at least 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush in mountains east of the capital Algiers at the weekend in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years.
The troops were in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by al Qaeda’s north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), state news agency APS and a security source said on Sunday.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamic militants killed at least 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers, a security source said on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years.
The troops were searching for militants in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km (75 miles) east of Algiers, when they were attacked by fighters from al Qaeda’s north African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the source told Reuters.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the independence veteran in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday with more than 80 percent of a vote opponents dismissed as fraud to keep an ailing leader in power.
Bouteflika had cast his vote sitting in a wheelchair on Thursday in what was a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised questions about stability in the North African OPEC oil-exporting state.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran already in power for 15 years, won re-election on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power.
Sitting in a wheelchair, Bouteflika had cast his vote on Thursday in a rare public appearance since suffering a stroke last year that raised doubts about whether he is fit enough to govern the North African oil-exporting state.