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Jul 20, 2013

Algeria kills two deputies to AQIM leader: source

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian special forces have shot dead four Islamist militants, including two deputies to the leader of al Qaeda’s North African wing AQIM, a security source told Reuters.

The raid on Friday night in the region of Bouira, east of the capital, also uncovered a cache of money that was likely to have been paid to secure the freedom of Western hostages, said the source, who asked not to be named.

Jun 19, 2013

Algeria probes state power boss over Alstom, GE deals

ALGIERS, June 19 (Reuters) – Algeria is investigating the
head of its state power and gas utility, Sonelgaz, over
contracts involving U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co
and France’s Alstom SA, sources told Reuters and
Algerian local media reported.

“The case is about inflating costs in deals with U.S. firm
General Electric and French firm Alstom,” one of the sources
said. The source gave no further details.

May 19, 2013

With president ailing, Algeria prepares for end of an era

ALGIERS, May 19 (Reuters) – Three weeks after being rushed
to hospital in Paris, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
has disappeared from sight, leaving behind a country preparing
for a successor who for the first time will come from a
generation too young to have fought in Algeria’s war of
independence against France.

In a country run with Soviet-style secrecy, nobody is sure
how sick Bouteflika is. But despite an official bulletin last
week saying he was recovering from a minor stroke, most believe
the 76-year-old must be seriously ill to have disappeared from
public view for so long.

Apr 30, 2013

Algeria contemplates future without ailing Bouteflika

ALGIERS, April 30 (Reuters) – Ill-health may force veteran
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, now in hospital in
Paris, to hasten his departure from power, plunging a youthful,
restless nation into an uncertain political transition.

Algeria, led by Bouteflika since 1999, has for decades drawn
its presidents from an ageing cohort of men who won their spurs
in the bitter 1954-62 independence war with France.

Apr 28, 2013

Algeria president shows no permanent damage from minor stroke: APS

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was transferred to France for medical tests on Saturday night after suffering a minor stroke that Algeria’s official news agency said had caused no permanent damage.

Bouteflika, who has ruled over the North African oil and gas producer for more than a decade, had a “transient ischemic attack” or mini-stroke on Saturday.

Apr 28, 2013

Algeria president in France for tests after minor stroke

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was transferred to France for medical tests on Saturday night after suffering a minor stroke, Algeria’s official news agency said.

Bouteflika, who has ruled over the North African oil and gas producer for more than a decade, had an “transient ischemic attack” or mini-stroke on Saturday but his condition was not serious, the APS agency said, quoting the prime minister.

Apr 28, 2013

Algerian president in France for medical tests after minor stroke

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been transferred to France for further medical tests after suffering a minor stroke on Saturday, Algeria’s official news agency said.

The APS agency said late on Saturday that Bouteflika, 76, was in Paris at the recommendation of his doctors.

Apr 27, 2013

Algerian President Bouteflika hospitalized -report

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was hospitalized after a minor stroke on Saturday, according to the state press agency report that quoted the prime minister as saying his condition was “not serious”.

The health of 75-year-old Bouteflika is a central factor in the stability of an oil-exporting country of 37 million people that is emerging from a long conflict against Islamist insurgents.

Apr 7, 2013

Algeria grain crop hit by poor rainfall, recovery seen possible

April 7 (Reuters) – Algeria did not have sufficient rainfall
during the sowing season, but its grain harvest in summer still
may be saved if it gets good precipitation in April, a senior
official said on Sunday.

Laid Benamor, chairman of the Algerian cereal committee, in
a rare interview said some regions in the east and the center
had also been affected by diseases.

Mar 24, 2013

New leader named for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb – TV

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian Djamel Okacha has been named as a new commander in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), replacing Abdelhamid Abou Zeid who was killed in fighting in northern Mali, Algerian Ennahar TV said on Sunday.

An Algerian security source said Okacha, 34, was very close to AQIM’s leader Abdelmalek Droukdel as both belonged to the Group of Algiers, made up of militants born in the region around the Algerian capital.

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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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