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Algeria army chief orders clampdown on protesters

Sep. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's army chief has ordered a clampdown on those who head into the capital for weekly demonstrations. In a speech Wednesday at an army barracks in the south of the gas-rich nation, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah said members of the military — or gendarmes — should arrest...

Algeria announces Dec. 12 for presidential election

Sep. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's interim leader has announced Dec. 12 as the date for the presidential election, in line with the army chief's demand to fill the vacancy left when longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was pushed from office more than five months ago. Abdelkader Bensallah during an address...

Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand

Sep. 15, 2019 3:35 PM EDT
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's interim leader sets Dec. 12 date for presidential election, following army chief's demand.

Algeria protesters jailed before speech by interim president

Sep. 15, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court has jailed 22 citizens detained during a protest march two days ago in a new sign that authorities may be trying to put the brakes on a pro-democracy movement demonstrating weekly for nearly seven months. The TSA online media outlet reported the incarcerations on...

Algerian army chief wants new election; protesters want more

Sep. 14, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is at a harrowing political impasse. Africa's largest country hasn't had an elected president for five months, and the powerful army chief wants to change that by holding an election, which he hopes will quell long-running protests he sees as a threat to his energy-rich...

Subways underwater: Flash flood drenches Algerian capital

Sep. 13, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A flash flood in Algeria's capital inundated subway stations and the city's new airport, turned major boulevards into muddy rivers and trapped drivers in cars. No deaths were reported, but civil security spokesman Karim Bernaoui said Friday that "the damage is enormous" from the...

Algerians protest over plan for swift elections

Sep. 6, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters piled once again onto the streets of the Algerian capital and other cities Friday with many rejecting the army chief's call for presidential elections before the end of the year. This week's pro-democracy protest, the 29th in a row, is seen as a test...

Algeria army chief wants presidential election in December

Sep. 2, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's powerful army chief says that the date of the nation's long-delayed presidential election should be announced on Sept. 15 to quickly pull the nation out of political limbo. By law, elections come 90 days after an announcement, which would mean a December vote. The official...

5 die in stampede ahead of Algiers rap concert, probe opened

Aug. 23, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the cause of a stampede ahead of a rapper's concert at an Algiers sports stadium that left five youths dead, including a 13-year-old. The prosecutor's office in Sidi M'Hamed said in a statement on Friday that an inquiry to determine the...

The Latest: UK rejects Iran's 'tit for tat' view of tanker

Jul. 21, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The U.K.'s foreign secretary says the seizing of a British-flagged tanker by Iran's Revolutionary Guard "raises very serious questions about the security of British shipping and indeed...