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Wheel on Algerian plane separates during take-off, crew unaware

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The wheel on an Algerian plane fell off as it departed France’s Toulouse airport and headed to the city of Oran in Algeria earlier this week.“An Air Algerie Boeing 737-600, registration 7T-VJR performing flight AH-1077 from Toulouse (France) to Oran (Algeria), departed Toulouse's runway 32R and climbed to cruise level,” the Aviation Herald reported, adding that the incident occurred on February 8.“Enroute near Barcelona, Spanish air traffic control (ATC) informed the crew ...

Could a plate of couscous warm up ties between North Africa nations?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted UNESCO status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table. The hearty meal itself however is a bone of contention between countries that haven’t always got along. Who makes it the best? And given that the fluffy semolina can be topped with everything from fish in Tunisia to camel meat in Libya, what truly makes a couscous a couscous? As with the “hummus ...

Deadline day transfer fail for Algerian Mahrez while his compatriot Slimani secures loan

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Leicester City’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani joined Newcastle United on deadline day on loan until the end of the season while his compatriot and team mate Riyad Mahrez failed to join Manchester City after the move broke down29-year- Slimani, signed with Newcastle after striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed to join Fulham on loan until the end of the season. Slimani joined Leicester in 2016, scoring 13 goals in 46 appearances.Meanwhile prized midfielder Riyad Mahrez’s ...

Algerians outraged after Iranian official criticizes late president’s wife

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Iran's cultural attaché to Algeria Amir Mousavi provoked Algerians after he criticized Anissa Boumediene, the widow of president Houari Boumediene, because of her support of the Iranian opposition. “If Houari Boumediene were alive, what would he tell his wife who stood (with the opposition)?” Mousavi said on his Facebook page. His remarks come after Anissa said during an Iranian gathering held in Paris that she wishes the Iranian regime collapses. “I hope that the ...

In absentia: Algerians debate honoring Bouteflika through his portrait

Friday, 19 January 2018

The manner in which Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was honored last week has sparked wide debate on social media after a mayors decided to celebrate him using just his photo at a ceremony. On Thursday, video and photos were posted on Facebook and Twitter from the Palais des Congrès in Algiers, where officials were shown honoring a photo of Bouteflika while the president himself was nowhere to be seen. Algerians expressed dissatisfaction with the event, with some saying the event ...

Blue Whale game kills teenager in Morocco, five in Algeria

Friday, 5 January 2018

A teenager committed suicide by throwing himself off of a building rooftop in Aghadir, south of Morocco, to complete the final challenge of a game called Blue Whale which has caused five other child suicides in Algeria by means of hanging. The young man was an undergraduate student who was known to be an introvert, local media reported on Thursday. He was addicted to video games, and quickly got into the Blue Whale game which gives players orders that they need to execute, the last of which is ...

VIDEO: Algerian Salafist vandalizes historical statue of naked woman

Monday, 18 December 2017

Residents of Setif city in Algeria were shocked by an act of vandalism on the statue of their famous city and its main monument, the Ain el-Fouara fountain. The Salafist Algerian who vandalized the statue saw it as a disgrace, and just a “fetish” for a woman stripped of her clothes. The video was widely shared on social media sites in Algeria on Monday, showing the Salafist climbing the statue, and destroying it using a hammer and an iron bar, specifically focusing on the marble face ...

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. ...

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