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Algeria shuts schools for 10 days as COVID infections surge

Jan. 19, 2022 15:19 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's leader on Wednesday ordered all elementary and high schools closed for 10 days because of surging COVID-19 infections in the North African country and authorities tightened entry requirements at airports. The decision by Algerian President...

UN envoy visits Western Sahara camps in new peace push

Jan. 15, 2022 13:13 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The U.N. envoy for the disputed Western Sahara visited refugee camps in Algeria on Saturday housing those displaced by fighting decades ago, in a renewed effort to find a diplomatic solution for the territory. Staffan de Mistura’s visit to camps in Smara,...

Algeria’s ambassador returns to Paris after 3-month dispute

Jan. 06, 2022 08:51 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s ambassador returned to Paris on Thursday, three months after being recalled amid tensions related to the era of French colonial rule in the North African country. The move was announced by Algeria's presidency. In October,...

Algeria imposes vaccine pass to boost low inoculation rate

Dec. 26, 2021 09:36 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria started requiring a “vaccine passport” Sunday to enter a broad range of public venues, in a bid to boost the country's low inoculation rate and overcome vaccine hesitancy that has left millions of vaccines unused. The pass is now required for...

France tries to end crisis with Algeria, resume cooperation

Dec. 08, 2021 15:11 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — France's top diplomat sought to smooth over a months-long crisis with Algeria that stirred up colonial-era tensions, paying a visit Wednesday to Algiers, where the countries agreed to resume cooperation toward peace in Libya and on other international issues. ...

Algeria's top parties keep power in local elections

Dec. 01, 2021 03:00 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The parties behind the Algerian president's governing majority dominated local and regional elections, while Islamist parties saw their support diminish, according to official results. The head of the election authority, Mohamed Charfi, announced...

Algerians hold local elections amid anger over rising prices

Nov. 27, 2021 06:22 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerians are voting Saturday to elect mayors and regional leaders amid widespread worry and frustration over rising prices for basic goods, housing and health care. The government is hoping the election confirms support for President Abdelmadjid...

Algeria accuses Moroccan forces of killing 3, amid tensions

Nov. 03, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Algerian president's office said Wednesday that three Algerians were killed by a military strike on their trucks, and it accused Moroccan forces in the disputed Western Sahara of being behind the attack. The trucks were traveling from the...