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Jan 17, 2013

Sahara hostage siege turns Mali war global

ALGIERS/BAMAKO (Reuters) – Islamist fighters have opened an international front in Mali’s civil war by taking dozens of Western hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert just as French troops launched an offensive against rebels in neighboring Mali.

Nearly 24 hours after gunmen stormed the natural gas pumping site and workers’ housing before dawn on Wednesday, little was certain beyond a claim by a group calling itself the “Battalion of Blood” that it was holding 41 foreign nationals, including Americans, Japanese and Europeans, at Tigantourine, deep in the Sahara.

Jan 16, 2013

Sahara Islamists take hostages, spreading Mali war

ALGIERS/BAMAKO, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Islamist fighters seized
dozens of Western and Algerian hostages in a dawn raid on a
natural gas facility deep in the Sahara on Wednesday and
demanded France halt a new offensive against rebels in
neighbouring Mali.

Three people, among them one British and one French, were
reported killed, but details were sketchy and numbers of those
held at Tigantourine ranged from 41 foreigners – including
perhaps seven Americans as well as Japanese and Europeans – to
over 100 local staff, held separately and less closely watched.

Jan 16, 2013

Dozens held after Islamists attack Algerian gas field

ALGIERS, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Islamist militants attacked a
gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up
to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in
retaliation for France’s intervention in Mali, according to
regional media reports.

The raiders were also reported to have killed three people,
including a Briton and a French national.

Jan 16, 2013

Algeria economy opens as budget, social pressures grow

ALGIERS, Jan 16 (Reuters) – At a factory near Algeria’s
western city of Oran, cars made by Renault are expected to start
rolling off an assembly line late next year. It will be an
important moment for the Algerian economy.

The French auto giant abandoned its last Algerian
factory 43 years ago after the plant was nationalised in the
wake of the country’s independence from France in 1962.

Jan 16, 2013

Islamists attack Algerian gas field, kill, kidnap foreigners

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamist militants attacked a gas production field in southern Algeria on Wednesday, kidnapping at least seven foreigners and killing a French national, local and company officials said.

An al Qaeda-linked group operating in the Sahara said it had carried out the raid on the In Amenas facility, Mauritania’s ANI news agency reported.

Jan 16, 2013

Islamists seize Japanese, French nationals in Algeria: sources

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Islamist militants attacked a gas production field in southern Algeria on Wednesday, kidnapping at least seven foreigners and killing a French national, local and company officials said.

An al Qaeda-linked group operating in the Sahara said it had carried out the raid on the In Amenas facility, Mauritania’s ANI news agency reported.

Jan 8, 2013

Algeria set to cancel windfall tax with new energy law

Jan 8 (Reuters) – Algeria is considering a new energy law
that would cancel a windfall tax on foreign energy firms,
according to a draft seen by Reuters, in an attempt to boost
foreign investment and help meet growing social demands.

The windfall tax that many potential investors see as a
deterrent would be replaced by a “complementary tax on results”.

Dec 17, 2012

Eyeing growth, France seeks to smooth Algeria ties

PARIS/ALGIERS (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande travels to Algeria on Wednesday to try to heal wounds left by a bloody war of independence half a century ago and to seek greater access to the former colony’s oil wealth in an attempt to lift France’s own flagging economy.

The trauma of the 1954-1962 Algerian war, in which hundreds of thousands were killed, left deep scars in both countries which continue to hamper a partnership that Paris believes could help revive the Mediterranean basin.

Nov 30, 2012

Algeria says vote had 44 percent turnout, showing stability

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria on Friday declared a 44 percent turnout in municipal elections and said the ruling party was victorious, keen to show its people remained engaged in the political system despite a lack of reform achieved in Arab uprisings elsewhere.

Memories in the major energy-producing state of a vicious 1990s civil war between Islamists and the state that killed around 200,000 people have, analysts say, deterred Algerians back from mass protests like those that swept away rulers in neighboring Tunisia and Libya, as well as Egypt and Yemen.

Nov 28, 2012

Algeria hopes voter apathy won’t spoil local elections

ALGIERS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Algeria is hoping that a fair
turnout in municipal elections on Thursday will strengthen the
credibility of a political system that has survived the Arab
Spring without major protests but failed to meet hopes for
reform.

The memory of a brutal civil war in the 1990s between
Islamists and the state that killed around 200,000 people is a
key factor, analysts say, that has held Algerians back from mass
protests like those that swept away rulers in neighbouring
Tunisia and Libya, as well as Egypt and Yemen.

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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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