Latest Algiers News

Algeria's presidential debate falls flat, as anger simmers

Dec. 7, 2019 6:02 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's first-ever presidential debate seems to have failed to persuade the country's pro-democracy protesters to take part in next week's election. The five candidates recited their platforms instead of sparring over ideas in the Friday night debate — and they didn't even...

Algeria: 2 ex-ministers face groundbreaking corruption trial

Dec. 4, 2019 1:30 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two former Algerian prime ministers went on trial Wednesday on corruption charges, in the most high-profile act of transparency and accountability since a pro-democracy movement pushed out the long-serving president. The exceptional trial, which is being televised and also involves...

Eggs, protests, apathy mar Algeria’s presidential campaign

Dec. 1, 2019 7:04 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s presidential campaign is in trouble. Candidates are struggling to fill rally venues, campaign managers have quit, voters have pelted campaign headquarters with tomatoes and eggs, and the country’s 9-month-old pro-democracy movement calls the whole thing a...

Protesters in Algeria march in favor of government

Nov. 30, 2019 12:34 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian citizens in support of the government have taken to the streets in demonstrations in several cities across the North African country to show their support for next month’s elections. The Dec. 12 poll has been decried by members of a long-running nationwide protest...

Algerians mark 40th week of anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians took to the streets on the 40th consecutive Friday of increasingly vociferous protests against the North African nation’s leadership, expressing fears that next month’s presidential poll will be rigged. Chanting “No election on Dec. 12!"...

Algeria kicks off presidential campaign, 5 candidates to run

Nov. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s presidential campaign officially kicked off Sunday with five candidates vying to replace the country’s longtime leader, who was pushed out in April amid sustained protests. Two former prime ministers, Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune, are among those...

22 Algerians convicted for waving Berber flag at protests

Nov. 12, 2019 9:10 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has sentenced 22 young protesters to a year in prison for waving Berber flags at pro-democracy demonstrations that have shaken the country's political system all year. The verdict was handed down early Tuesday after a tense, marathon trial marked by demonstrations...

Algerian magistrates protest at Supreme Court amid crisis

Nov. 4, 2019 12:13 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Judges, prosecutors and lawyers have staged an unusual protest at Algeria's Supreme Court to demand more judicial independence, amid resurgent tensions in the country's 9-month-old political crisis. Hundreds of magistrates, many wearing traditional black-and-red robes, joined in...

Key moments in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis at US Embassy

Nov. 4, 2019 1:31 AM EST

Here are key moments in the 1979 Iranian takeover and subsequent 444-day hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Day 1, Nov. 4, 1979 - Iranian protesters seize the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 98 people hostage. They demand the United States return the deposed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who is in a New...

5 candidates for Algeria's contested presidential vote

Nov. 2, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's electoral body Saturday announced five candidates for the Dec. 12 presidential election, including two former prime ministers and all products of the system challenged by months of pro-democracy protests. The electoral authority validated the candidacies of former prime...