Sunday 22 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/14/18)
The EU warned African and other countries on Wednesday that their citizens will find it harder to get visas to Europe if they refuse to readmit economic migrants under the bloc's efforts to curb migration. Brussels has been seeking greater cooperation from such countries to take back irregular migrants since Europe was hit in 2015 with its worst migration crisis since World War II. "I cannot understand how a country can refuse to take back its nationals" when they have entered Europe illegally, EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a press conference in Brussels. "We will introduce stricter conditions for processing visas when a partner country does not cooperate sufficiently on the readmission of irregular...
(AFP (eng) 02/14/18)
Couscous may be the signature dish of North Africa, but steaming plates of the stew-topped semolina are also served up in West Africa and around the Mediterranean. Since 1998 the Italian island of Sicily has been the unlikely host of the couscous-making world championship known as Cous Cous Fest, which bills itself as a "festival of cultural integration". Each September chefs convene on Sicily, whose Mediterranean location opposite Tunisia has made it a cultural crossroads throughout history, battling to be crowned couscous king or queen. Palestinian chefs George Suheil Srour and Elias Bassous won the competition last year, with a couscous topped with grilled sea bream...
(AFP (eng) 02/12/18)
Some 1,000 striking trainee doctors took to the streets of Algeria's capital Monday to demand the scrapping of compulsory public service in defiance of a ban on protests in the city. The demonstrators -- wearing black armbands or surgical masks emblazoned with "angry doctors" -- managed to gather for a sit-in in the heart of Algiers despite a heavy deployment by the security forces. Surrounded by riot police the protesters chanted for "dignity" as they push...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/18)
Megastar Rihanna vowed she would "never stop fighting" to get millions of children back in school on Friday as French President Emmanuel Macron promised a major boost in foreign aid for education in developing nations. Macron co-hosted a conference in Dakar organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna attended as the organisation's global ambassador. "We have made tremendous progress today but of course our work is never done, we have a long way...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
Rihanna on Thursday used her star power to urge key governments to commit to ensuring education for the world's poorest as she takes part in an international conference in Senegal. The chart-topping singer arrived in the capital Dakar where she on Friday will join the Global Partnership for Education talks co-hosted by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emmanuel Macron. Rihanna, the fourth most followed person on Twitter with 86 million followers, took to social media to urge Macron,...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/18)
The Algerian army has killed a senior official of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in an operation in the northeast of the country, officials said Wednesday. Adel Seghiri -- also known as Abu Ruwaha al-Qasantini -- was among those running the group's Al-Andalus media wing responsible for putting out videos and statements. The army said it killed "two dangerous terrorists" in the Jijel region, 400 kilometres (250 miles) east of the capital Algiers. The defence ministry and security sources said...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/18)
The Vatican on Saturday declared seven French Trappist monks beheaded by Islamists in Algeria in 1996 as martyrs, paving the way for their beatification -- the first step towards sainthood. On the night of March 26-27 1996, the monks were abducted from the Priory of Our Lady of Atlas in Tibehirine, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Algiers, by members of the insurgent Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA). Their heads were discovered two months later and their death...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
Air traffic was severely disrupted in Algeria on Thursday due to a strike by Air Algerie crew, grounding the airline's fleet for the second time this week, state media said. The strike caused the cancellation of the majority of the Algerian flag carrier's flights from the capital Algiers, state television reported. Air Algerie was forced to charter planes from French airline Aigle Azur to ensure some of its flights abroad, it added. "This new strike has caused disruptions to all...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
A collision between a passenger bus and a taxi in Algeria killed 14 people and injured 22 others on Thursday, authorities said. The accident occurred at Sfid on a national highway linking the northwestern areas of Saida and El Bayadh, according to the emergency services. The 22 people injured were evacuated to hospital. Accidents claim around 4,000 lives each year on Algeria's roads, mainly due to the failure of motorists to comply with traffic rules.
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested -- that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel. The bones date to between 174,000 and 188,000 years old, said the report in...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/18)
Air Algerie flights resumed on Tuesday after a wildcat strike by cabin crew grounded nearly all departures from the capital the previous day but their trade union threatened fresh action in the coming weeks. All of the airline's international departures from Houari Boumediene airport took off although some domestic services had yet to leave after hours of delay, the airport's website said. Cabin crew trade union SNPNCA said its members had returned to work in response to a court order...
(AFP (eng) 01/22/18)
A strike by Air Algerie crews on Monday grounded flights by the carrier out of the North African state's capital, the airline and a union said. An AFP correspondent at Algiers international airport said Air Algerie flights were landing as scheduled but there were no takeoffs by the carrier. Other carriers operating out of Houari Boumediene airport, where around 70 international and domestic departures were scheduled on Monday, did not appear affected by the industrial action. Hundreds of passengers were left waiting in the departures terminal without information.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/22/18)
KLEINARL, Austria (Reuters) - The chilly conditions on an Austrian mountainside belied the warm reception given to people from 15 African countries who took part in an annual luge race aimed at helping migrants integrate into European society. The event over the weekend, dubbed the African Winter Sports Cup, is a luge race contested by people with little or no experience of winter sports. Its aim, over the six years it has been held, is to promote social integration through...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/18)
Six Mozabite Berber activists accused of attempting to overthrow the Algerian government and damage state security were acquitted in court on Thursday, their lawyer said. "Justice has been done in this trial that should never have taken place," Mustapha Bouchachi told AFP from Ghardaia, 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, where the trial was held. The six defendants were part of a mediation team set up to halt intercommunal violence between Mozabites and Arabs that left at least 35...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/18)
There's nothing covert about Roxy -- a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent. Located in the bustling Adjame quarter of Ivory Coast's main city and commercial hub, the haven for fake medicine has been targeted time and again by authorities and stockpiles burnt. But it resurfaces every time. "The police hassle us but they themselves buy these medicines," said Mariam, one of...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/18)
Workers at Algeria's In Amenas gas plant gathered Tuesday around a black marble memorial to mark five years since a deadly raid by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists left 40 hostages dead. All trace of the four-day siege -- which saw workers from Japan, the Philipines, Britain, Norway and the United States killed -- has long been cleared away at the sprawling desert facility 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) southeast of Algiers. "They are 40 martyrs. I am full of emotion, I knew a...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
Algeria on Friday marked the Berber New Year as a public holiday, a first for the North African region where indigenous peoples have long suffered marginalisation. Members of the Berber community -- descendants of North Africa's pre-Arab inhabitants -- feasted on traditional meals of couscous and chicken, danced, played traditional games, and held horse parades as they do each year. But for the first time official events marking the Yennayer celebration were also being held across the entire country of...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
The Berbers -- descendants of pre-Arab populations across North Africa -- are currently celebrating their New Year festivities. On Friday -- for the first time -- the Yennayer New Year is being marked as a national holiday in Algeria. The Berbers, who refer to themselves as the Amazigh, have long fought for greater recognition for their ancient ethnic group, their culture and language. In Algeria they make up roughly a quarter of the country's total population of 40 million and...
(AFP (eng) 01/05/18)
Algerian prosecutors have opened a probe into the death of a migrant from the North African country in a Spanish jail, after police said he hanged himself. Mohamed Boudarbala, 36, was found dead Friday in his cell in a new prison in the southern town of Archidona currently used as a so-called CIE -- a centre where migrants are held pending asylum claims after they arrive in Spain. Police said an autopsy showed he hanged himself with a sheet, but...
(AFP (eng) 01/03/18)
An activist group and the brother of an Algerian man who died in a Spanish jail used as a migrant centre called Tuesday for an independent probe into his apparent suicide after allegations of police brutality. Mohamed Boudarbala, 36, was found dead Friday in his cell in a new prison in the southern town of Archidona currently used as a so-called CIE -- a centre where migrants are held pending asylum claims after they arrive in Spain. Police said Tuesday...

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