Why is Spain holding hundreds of Algerian migrants in jail?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Spain on Tuesday defended holding in prison nearly 500 migrants who arrived in the country by boat. Following criticism by rights groups, the Spanish government said it was due to a lack of space at immigration detention centers. "We feel it is better that the migrants be held in a center with the latest technology, with sanitary facilities, showers, heating, beds, sports areas than to put them in camps like in other countries," Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told radio Onda Cero ...

Algerian newspaper editor ends week-long hunger strike

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hadda Hazem, the director of the Algerian El Fadjr newspaper has ended her week-long hunger strike in a bid to save her institution after governmental ads were suspended due to political reasons. During a gathering of journalists and activists in solidarity with Hazem, the Algerian media veteran called for ending the monopoly of governmental advertisements and said she decided to end her hunger strike in response to her doctors’ requests. According to data published by the ministry of ...

YouTuber honors ‘angry Algerian’ homeless man years after his death

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Rani Zaafan used to roam the streets shouting “I am angry”, which eventually became his catch phrase among those who came across him in central Algeria. Although it has been five years since Zaafan mysteriously passed away, images and videos of his antics still stoke public opinion across Algeria on the issue of homelessness. This was evident when thousands of Algerians shared a video of Zaafan caught by a YouTube vlogger that received nearly one million views in less than 24 hours. ...

Algerian foreign minister says region under threat after ISIS defeats

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Wednesday that North Africa is under threat from foreign fighters escaping ISIS defeats in Iraq and Syria.Messahel spoke at a news conference in Cairo after a meeting with his Egyptian and Tunisian counterparts, Sameh Shoukry and Khemaies Jhinaoui, over Libya.ISIS rose to prominence in the chaos of Syria’s conflict, which broke out in 2011 with protests against President Bashar al-Assad.After its explosive rise in 2014 and conquest of vast ...

Peugeot launches joint venture to build cars in Algeria

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Peugeot maker PSA Group signed a joint venture with three Algerian partners to launch a manufacturing unit building cars for the Algerian market, it said on Sunday. The French carmaker said it would hold 49 pct of the joint venture’s capital, representing a total investment of around 100 million euros ($117 million). The Algerian partners are Condor Electronics, Palpa Pro and Entreprise Nationale de Production de Machines-Outils (PMO). A production ...

Algeria to supply additional gas exports in winter

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Algerian state-run energy company Sonatrach will be able to export an additional 20 million cubic metres per day of gas to meet urgent demand during the winter, its CEO said on Monday. The additional volumes will be from captured flared gas. Hassi Messaoud, the country’s largest oilfield, produces 60 million cubic metres per day of associated gas. “We need to make sure we are ready to meet our clients’ urgent demands during winter,” Sonatrach’s CEO Abdelmoumene ...

Former African footballer of the year Madjer to coach Algeria

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Former African Footballer of the Year Rabah Madjer has been appointed Algeria’s new coach after Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz was fired on Wednesday, the country’s football federation has said. The 58-year-old returns for a third spell after being away from coaching for more than a decade, working instead as a television analyst. He was in charge of Algeria from April 1994 to July the following year, and then again for nine matches from July 2001 to May 2002. His last coaching job was in ...

Baboon burglars: Tribe of monkeys loot a fruit truck in Algeria

Monday, 16 October 2017

In a rare incident, a group of wild monkeys attacked one of the cars loaded with fruit bags in Algeria. The monkeys pounced on the truck and took the fruit bags and ate their contents. The chaotic scene led to the road’s closure. A video clip posted social media showed the incident taking place on a highway connecting the eastern cities of Bejaia and Jijel. The cities of Bejaia and Jijel are one of the most common areas where wild monkeys live because of the presence of dense forests. ...

Italian authorities deport Algerian national on national security reason

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Italy’s Interior Ministry announced on Saturday that it had deported an Algerian national from its territories on the basis of national security.“He has a criminal record and is active in a terrorist group that espouses an Islamic ideology,” the interior ministry said on Saturday. “Algerian citizen Bashir Hajjaj, 36, was deported by the Belgian authorities from their territory for three years on May 8, and then left Algeria for Italy, where he illegally arrived on the ...

Tourists trickle back to Tunisia after 2015 militant attacks

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Dozens of tourists pack beach chairs at a Tunisian luxury hotel, where everything from the swimming pool to the wall paint, the furniture at the shiny reception hall, the police post at its gate and even its name is new. Nothing reminds holiday-makers of the day in June 2015 when an ISIS militant shot dead 39 foreigners in this beach resort, triggering an exodus of tourists from the country and severely damaging its economy. Now some of those tourist are coming back, ...

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