Latest Algeria News

5 Algerian major-generals face corruption charges, jailed

Oct. 14, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian television station close to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's family reports that five senior Algerian army officers have been jailed after appearing before a magistrate on corruption charges. Ennahar TV says the major-generals — three former military region heads,...

Algeria denies forced expulsions of migrants to desert

Oct. 11, 2018 8:43 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has categorically denied the most recent claims that it forcibly expels West African migrants to its border with Niger, leaving them stranded in the desert. A statement Wednesday night by Algeria's foreign ministry said the country would continue expelling migrants living...

Man with hammer hacks Algeria statue of bare-breasted woman

Oct. 9, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A man with a hammer on Tuesday attacked and damaged a statue of a bare-breasted woman, an emblem of the eastern city of Setif, in the latest in a series of such attacks. Setif communications director Mohamed Touiri said that a Salafist, someone who adheres to a conservative brand of...

Algeria approves beatification service for slain Catholics

Oct. 1, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian authorities say the country's president has approved a December beatification ceremony for seven Trappist monks and 12 other Catholics who were killed during a bloody civil war in the 1990s. Religious Affairs Minister Mohamed Aissa said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika agreed...

OPEC, allies agree not to further increase oil production

Sep. 23, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A meeting of OPEC and its allies ended without any decision to further increase oil output despite President Donald Trump's call for lower prices. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries met on Sunday in Algiers with non-members including Russia. The...

Merkel, Algerian officials discuss migration, Libya

Sep. 17, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Monday during a one-day visit to the country to discuss migration and the situation in neighboring Libya. Algeria's official APS news agency reported the meeting happened in the presence Prime...

France's Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war

Sep. 13, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday formally recognized the responsibility of the French state in the death of a dissident mathematician in Algeria in 1957, admitting for the first time the French military's "system" that included torture during Algeria's independence war. Macron...

Algerian generals, others fired without explanation

Sep. 12, 2018 5:05 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Heads have been rolling in the Algerian army, the North African nation's most respected institution, and in other security services, with generals in top posts fired — without explanation — at a rate never before seen. The across-the-board changes, and the silence, are...

3 Algerian soldiers, 2 extremists killed in clash

Sep. 4, 2018 9:55 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Officials say three soldiers have been killed and three others wounded in a clash with Islamist militants in western Algeria. They say two militants, including the chieftain of the group, were also killed. The prefecture in Sidi Bel Abbes, some 600 kilometers west of the capital...

Algeria's ailing president returns from Swiss health check

Sep. 1, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's office says he is back in the country after undergoing medical check-ups in Switzerland. His office's brief statement contained no details about the health of the 81-year-old president, who uses a wheelchair and suffered a stroke in 2013....