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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...

Algeria approves 23 presidential candidates for Dec. 12 vote

Oct. 26, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's electoral authority says 23 candidates have qualified for the North African country's controversial presidential vote on Dec 12. The election comes eight months after strongman former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in the spring after months of mass protests....

At UN, a world stage for disputes often out of the spotlight

Sep. 28, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Middle East. Trade tensions. Iran's nuclear program. Venezuela's power struggle. Civil wars in Syria and Yemen. Familiar flash points such as these got plenty of airtime at the U.N. General Assembly's big annual gathering this week. But some leaders used their time on the world...

Ex-French President Chirac, who stood up to US, dies at 86

Sep. 26, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and who defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died Thursday at 86. President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute in a nationally televised speech to a predecessor he said...

Algerian ex-president's brother, former spy bosses convicted

Sep. 25, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A military court in Algeria on Wednesday sentenced the brother of the country's longtime former leader and two ex-intelligence chiefs to 15 years in prison for plotting against the state. The overnight ruling against men who once wielded immense power in Africa's largest country...

Algeria says 8 newborns die in fire at maternity hospital

Sep. 24, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Eight newborns were killed Tuesday in a fire in the maternity wing of an Algerian hospital near the border with Tunisia, authorities said. The health minister said the blaze may have been caused by a defective anti-mosquito device. The national emergency service said in a statement...

Top Algerian figures go on military trial for alleged plot

Sep. 23, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military tribunal on Monday opened the unprecedented trial of a brother of the country's longtime former president and two ex-intelligence chiefs, accusing them of plotting against the state. Heavy security, with roadblocks leading to the courthouse in Blida, south of...

Algeria protesters defy army chief's tougher stance

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital on Friday, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful army chief. For the 31st straight week, the protesters made their presence felt in Algiers though this...