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Algerian Moderate Islamist Coalition Suffers Setback

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A moderate Islamist coalition suffered a setback Friday when the party that has ruled Algeria for 50 years emerged as the top vote-getter in preliminary election results. The National Liberation Front, Algeria’s historical dominant party, won 220 of the 462 seats in the legislative polls that took place Thursday, up from 136 seats it currently […]

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Algeria Set To Announce Election Results

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Analysts say a moderate Islamist coalition that includes Algeria’s ruling National Liberation Front is expected to emerge as the top vote-getter when the country announces preliminary election results on Friday. An Islamist victory, in Algeria’s first elections since the Arab Spring, would echo trends in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. On Thursday, voters cast ballots for […]

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Low Interest Plagues Algerian Vote

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria is holding its first elections since the Arab Spring, but distrust of promised government reforms is leading to low voter turnout. Voters are casting ballots Thursday for the 462-member parliament. About half of the 44 political parties competing were legalized this year. The vote follows a series of constitutional reforms announced by Algerian President […]

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Algerians Voting in First Elections Since Arab Spring

Posted May 10th, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria is holding its first elections since the Arab Spring, but distrust of promised government reforms could lead to low voter turnout. Voters are casting ballots, on Thursday, for the 462-member parliament. About half of the 44 political parties competing in races were just legalized this year. In April 2011, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced a […]

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Alleged Killer of 7 Buried in France

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A radical Islamist gunman who allegedly killed seven people this month has been buried in his hometown of Toulouse, France, despite objections from the city’s mayor and after a rejection from his family’s native Algeria. Mohamed Merah was laid to rest in a cemetery near Toulouse on Thursday, a week after he was killed in […]

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French Islamist Gunman Denied Burial in Algeria

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria has refused to allow the family of a French gunman accused of killing seven people to bury the man in the family’s native Algeria. A Muslim leader in France said Thursday that Algerian authorities denied the request from Mohamed Merah’s family because of security concerns. He said Merah will instead be buried in a […]

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Islamist Gunman Who Killed Seven in France Denied Burial in Algeria

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Muslim leader in Toulouse, France says the family of a gunman accused of killing seven people there has been denied permission to bury him in his native Algeria. The Associated Press quotes Abdallah Zekri as saying the request to bury 23-year-old Mohamed Merah in Algeria was rejected for “reasons of public order”. Zekri says […]

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Suicide Bomber Strikes Southern Algeria

Posted March 3rd, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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Algerian officials say a suicide bomber has attacked a paramilitary base in the Sahara desert, wounding at least 23 people. Officials say Saturday’s attack took place in Tamanrasset, about 2,000 kilometers south of the Algerian capital. Officials said the bomber drove his vehicle into a crowd of police officers and civilians before setting off the […]

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3 Aid Workers Kidnapped in Algeria

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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European officials say two Spanish aid workers and an Italian have been kidnapped from a refugee camp in western Algeria. Diplomatic sources said Sunday the abductions happened in the Rabuni encampment in the Algerian province of Tindouf, an area inhabited by refugees from Western Sahara, a disputed Moroccan-controlled territory. Media reports say one of the […]

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Algeria Hosts Regional Terrorism Meeting

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Delegations from nearly 40 countries have gathered in Algeria for a two-day meeting to discuss the threat of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate. The meeting in the capital, Algiers, includes the foreign ministers of neighboring Mali and Mauritania, and comes amid new fears about weapons from the conflict in Libya flooding out of the country into […]

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