Saturday 25 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/23/17)
Algerians trickled to the polls Thursday to vote in local elections after a low-key campaign that has brought no expectation of change in the North African state. In a rare public outing, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is expected to seek a fifth term in office in 2019, appeared in a wheelchair to cast his ballot paper at a polling station in Algiers. Bouteflika, 80, who won a fourth term in 2014, has used a wheelchair for public appearances since a 2013 stroke. Dozens of political parties and four alliances were competing for seats in over 1,500 city councils and 48 state legislatures. Only the president's ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) and its coalition ally, the...
(AFP (eng) 11/23/17)
Fresh from a regional tour to discuss the dispute over Western Sahara, the new UN envoy said Wednesday he was "encouraged" but did not announce plans for new political talks. Former German president Horst Koehler was appointed in August as special envoy to lead a new UN push for talks between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front on Western Sahara. After briefing the Security Council behind closed doors, Koehler told reporters "I am encouraged" but declined to provide details. "We know it's a very complex issue but there was a kind of constructive attitude in all the interlocutors he met," said Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, who is council president this month. The council adopted a resolution in April that calls...
(The Associated Press 11/23/17)
Algerian voters are choosing new local leaders in an election marred by frustration over growing poverty caused by low oil prices. More than 50 political parties are fielding candidates in Thursday’s elections for mayors and council members in 1,541 towns and 48 local assemblies. Voter apathy is widespread, despite anger at corruption in this gas-dependent country of 23 million. A trickle of voters was casting ballots around the capital, Algiers. Ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika urged voters to turn out and...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/17)
Algeria's coastguard has intercepted almost 300 Algerians off the North African nation's coast as they tried to reach Europe on several boats, the defence ministry said. From Thursday to Saturday, the coastguard "intercepted and rescued a total of 286 Algerian citizens" attempting the perilous crossing on flimsy vessels, it said in a statement. Media reports said 200 of the Algerians were stopped at sea off the western coastal city of Oran. A 2009 law provides for up to six months...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Algeria on Thursday condemned the terrorist bombings which hit the city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria, killing more than 12 civilians. "Our conviction is consistent that this terrorist attack, especially those targeting civilian population, will not discourage Nigeria's government, army and security forces to eradicate the terror of Boko Haram, a constant threat to not only Nigeria, but also to all the countries of the region," Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, said in a statement to the official...
(Xinhuanet 11/17/17)
Algeria on Thursday called for respect for Zimbabwe's constitutional order after the army seized power from the government earlier on Wednesday. "Algeria is following with concern the recent developments in Zimbabwe," Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdelaziz Benali Cherif said in a statement. He added that his country calls "for calm and self-restraint and urge all the parties to ensure respect for constitutional order and to avoid any slide that would harm Zimbabwe and its people." Cherif further affirmed that Algeria...
(Xinhua 11/17/17)
The Algerian army on Thursday discovered a large batch of weapons on the border with Mali, a statement from the defense ministry said. The arms were hidden in a bunch in the locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar in the southernmost province of Adrar, according to the statement. The weapons consist of an FMPK machine gun, nine pistols, a Kalashnikov machine gun, an RPG-7 rocket launcher, four semi-automatic rifles, a repeating rifle and a large quantity of ammunition. It is not...
(AFP (eng) 11/17/17)
Africa is making only faltering progress towards food and nutrition security, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. "Multiple forms of malnutrition coexist, with countries experiencing simultaneously high rates of child undernutrition or anaemia as well as high rates of obesity," it says in a new report, Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, "progress towards the World Health Assembly global nutrition targets has been generally poor," the Rome-based agency says, referring to goals to...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/17)
Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Wednesday that North Africa is under threat from foreign fighters escaping the Islamic State jihadist group's 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. The Islamic State 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 swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, IS established a "caliphate" that attracted thousands of foreign fighters.
(AFP (eng) 11/14/17)
An Algerian freelance journalist and fixer has been indicted on accusations of intelligence contacts with a foreign power, press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Monday. Said Chitour, who has worked for the BBC and the Washington Post among others, faces up to life in prison if he is convicted for allegedly passing confidential documents to foreign diplomats. A court in the Algiers district of Bir Mourad Rais agreed to a request by prosecutors that Chitour be tried, RSF...
(Xinhuanet 11/14/17)
Algerian counter-terrorism troops arrested on Sunday four individuals suspected of providing support to terrorists in the province of Batna, 400 km southeast of Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The source specified that the four suspects were arrested after the exploitation of accurate intelligence by counter-terrorism troops. Later last month, a wide-scale counter-terrorism operation was conducted in the eastern region of Algeria, as six militants were killed and seven others arrested including five women. Several individuals were...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
KIGALI (Reuters) - The global airline industry has $1.2 billion blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. Low oil and mineral prices have reduced government revenue and caused chronic dollar shortages and immense pressure on local currencies. The fiscal slump has meant governments have not allowed foreign airlines to...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
French carmaker PSA signed a deal on Sunday with three Algerian firms to set up a car-manufacturing base in the North African country with production to begin next year. After two years of negotiations, the joint venture deal was inked at a ceremony attended by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. The first Peugeot and Citroen models will roll off the assembly line next year at a plant in a suburb of Oran, 400...
(AFP (eng) 11/13/17)
Ministers from 13 European and African countries on Monday pledged steps to ease the migrant crisis around the Mediterranean, vowing especially to improve conditions for migrants held in Libya. Interior ministers and other representatives from countries impacted by the ongoing wave of migration up through Africa towards Europe, including Libya, voiced deep concern over the "ongoing human tragedy" along the so-called Central Mediterranean route. "The participants intend to address the challenges posed by the alarming situation along the migration route...
(AFP (eng) 11/11/17)
Yacine Brahimi won and converted a harshly-awarded late penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for Algeria against already-qualified Nigeria Friday in a World Cup Africa zone Group B dead-rubber. The Gabonese referee ruled that Abdullahi Shehu fouled Brahimi as he moved into the box in Constantine, but big-screen replays suggested otherwise. Porto midfielder Brahimi was lucky to still be on the field after escaping with a yellow card for head-butting Shehu 12 minutes from time. Nigeria went ahead on 62...
(AFP (eng) 11/09/17)
Maghreb neighbours Algeria and Mauritania are to open their first border post more than 50 years after independence from France, the Mauritanian news agency AMI reported Thursday. Mauritanian Interior Minister Ahmedou Ould Abdallah and Algerian counterpart Noureddine Bedoui signed an accord Bedoui ended a visit to Nouakchott on Wednesday, according to AMI. The two states have a common frontier stretching across 460 kilometres (285 miles) of western Saharan desert. However, the frontier has been declared a military zone on the Mauritanian side, and the movement of people is banned. Trafficking of weapons, oil, drugs and migrants...
(AFP (eng) 11/08/17)
A dozen other students look on as Umar Amadu uses a glass pipette to draw a solution from a conical flask as part of a chemistry experiment. It could be a scene from any school laboratory around the world, but until two months ago Amadu and his fellow students had no access to any science equipment. Science subjects at his rural secondary school outside the city of Katsina in northern Nigeria were taught using theory only. But now they have...

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