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Algeria leader says early parliament vote before year's end

Sep. 21, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Algerian president says early legislative elections aimed at opening parliament to civil society will be held before the end of the year to give a new face to a parliament long dominated by a single party. Abdelmadjid Tebboune did not set a date but indicated Sunday evening that...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020 file photo, Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni flashes the V sign as he leaves the courthouse in Algiers. An Algerian court sentenced on Tuesday journalist Khaled Drareni to two years in prison on appeal, in a trial that rights group have denounced as violating press freedom. Drareni, editor of the Casbah Tribune news site and Algeria correspondent of RSF and the French TV channel TV5 Monde, played a prominent role in covering the country's pro-democracy movement last year.(AP Photo/Str, File)

Algerian journalist sentenced to 2 years in prison

Sep. 15, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court on Tuesday sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to two years in prison on appeal, reducing his original sentence, in a trial that rights group have denounced as violating press freedom. Drareni, editor of the Casbah Tribune news site and Algeria correspondent of...

Algerian lawmakers OK constitution change before referendum

Sep. 10, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a revision of the North African nation's constitution aimed at building a “new Algeria," a promise of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune expected to go before the nation in a Nov. 1 referendum. The 320 lawmakers present...

People gather in a show of support for Khaled Drareni,outside the court house Tuesday, Sept.8, 2020 in Algiers. Drareni was imprisoned Aug. 10 for

Imprisoned Algerian journalist appeals in high-profile case

Sep. 8, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian prosecutor on Tuesday sought a four-year sentence in the high-profile appeals trial of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, more than the original term handed down a month ago that has been criticized for ignoring press freedoms. The prosecutor also asked the court to...

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, meets with local media Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., to talk about ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the area. (Chris Ochsner/The Kansas City Star via AP)

The Latest: S. Korea reports largest virus jump since March

Aug. 15, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 279 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, it’s highest daily jump since early March, as fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region. The figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sunday brought the...

Beachgoers enjoy the el Djamila beach after its reopening in Algiers, Saturday, Aug.15, 2020. Algeria started to reopen mosques, cafes, beaches and parks Saturday after five months of virus confinement measures. Curfews are still in place in more than half of the country, which has reported more than 37,000 infections and 1,350 deaths, the third-highest virus death rate in Africa. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)

Algeria reopens mosques, beaches after 5-month lockdown

Aug. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria started reopening its mosques, cafes, beaches and parks Saturday for the first time in five months, gradually relaxing one of the world's longer virus confinement periods. Curfews remain in place in more than half the country, and masks are required outdoors as Algeria tries...

FILE - In this Nov.1, 2019 file photo, Algerian demonstrators take to the streets in the capital Algiers to protest against the government. An Algerian journalist who played a prominent role in covering last year's pro-democracy movement was sentenced Monday to three years in prison, accused of inciting unauthorized demonstrations and attacking national unity. (AP Photo/Toufik Doudou, File)

Algerian reporter sentenced to 3 years over protest coverage

Aug. 10, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian journalist who played a prominent role in covering the country's pro-democracy movement last year was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for inciting unauthorized demonstrations and attacking national unity. Dozens of journalists and activists in the Hirak...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...