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Algeria's aging president goes rogue. Will it pay off?

ALGIERS — Just months ago, the word on the street in Algeria was that aging President Abdelaziz Bouteflika — seen rarely since he suffered a stroke in April — was dead. But in recent days, the 76-year-old leader has made a roaring comeback, shaking up key ministries in what opposition parties are calling a blatant power grab ahead of presidential elections next year.

Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returns home after treatment in France

Officials said the 76-year-old arrived in Algeria at a military airport after a two-hour flight. Bouteflika, who has been president of the African country for over a decade, went to Paris after suffering a stroke in late April.

Will Algeria's army be the dark horse in the next election?

ALGIERS — The political wrangle over who will be Algeria’s next president is highlighting the role of the country’s powerful military in politics and the economy, two fronts over which it still wields considerable influence.

Algeria: 2 Canadians among gas plant hostage-takers, Mounties confirm

"This evening, the RCMP is confirming a second Canadian has been identified from human remains of alleged terrorists in the attack at the gas plant," an RCMP spokesman said in a statement on Saturday.

Protests mount in Algeria

ALGIERS — Algerians were left out of the Arab uprisings that swept the region two years ago, abandoning their own popular protests after a series of government reforms calmed a population still reeling from the instability of a deadly civil war in the 1990s. But near-daily demonstrations like this one, including labor strikes across the country, are highlighting a deep social malaise and resentment of what Algerians say is an increasingly corrupt government that deserves little trust.

Leader of Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb reported killed in Mali airstrike

ALGIERS, Algeria — French military forces have killed Abu Zeid, a field commander of the militant group Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, Algerian television reported. Ennahar television said on Thursday that 40 militants, including Abu Zeid, were killed during airstrikes in the region of Tigargara in northern Mali three days ago.

UK-Algeria security partnership announced

“Both Britain and Algeria are countries that have suffered from terrorism, and we understand each other’s suffering,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

5 Algerian hostage kidnappers 'taken alive,' reports say

Five of the kidnappers who took hostages in a seige at an Algerian gas plant this week have been found alive, according to reports.

Bodies of 25 Algeria hostages found in gas facility after deadly raid

The Algerian Army has found 25 bodies in the gas facility occupied by militants during the recent hostage crisis, and believes that they are the remains of the foreign hostages executed by their captors.
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