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Slum-dwellers left out in cold in Algeria polls

Shantytown dwellers in Algiers are faced with an economic "mission impossible" over their country's April 17 presidential election as they struggle to improve their lot in an oil-rich state. The capital's wali, or state-appointed provincial governor, has given those who fled to crammed hovels to escape the bloody civil war of the 1990s an impossible choice: vote or forget about being rehoused.

Kerry to pay first visits to Algeria and Morocco

US Secretary of State John Kerry will make long-delayed visits to Algeria and Morocco next week, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday, marking his first trips to both countries. The top US diplomat will on the April 1-5 trip travel to Algiers for meetings with top Algerian officials ahead of similar talks in Morocco. He had originally planned to visit both countries late last year, but had to change his schedule at the last minute. jkb/bpz

Protesters rally in Algiers against government

Around 40 people demonstrated in Algiers Saturday calling for a change of government, as ailing 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika seek reelection next month, an AFP journalist reported. Bouteflika, in office since 1999, was hospitalised in Paris last year for three months after suffering a mini-stroke. He is a candidate in the April 17 election despite concerns over his health, and is widely expected to win a fourth mandate, sparking rare criticism from senior political figures.

Police block Algiers meeting of election boycott parties

Police blocked a planned meeting in Algiers Wednesday of opposition party leaders urging a boycott of next month's presidential election, in which ailing incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to secure a fourth term. The security forces cordoned off Martyrs Monument, the iconic landmark towering above the capital that commemorates the Algerian war of independence, where the party leaders had planned to gather, one of them, former premier Ahmed Benbitour, told AFP.

Algerian TV channel ordered off the air after police raid

Algerian private television channel Al Atlas TV, which has strongly criticised the government, said on Wednesday that it had been ordered to stop broadcasting after police raided its headquarters. Al Atlas information director Ghoul Hafnaoui told AFP that the satellite channel went off the air in mid morning, "under orders from the authorities," a day after police searched its premises and seized equipment. The public prosecutor ordered the search as part of an investigation whose purpose has not been made known, Hafnaoui said.

Islamist shot dead east of Algiers

The Algerian army shot dead an Islamist in a mountainous region east of the capital Algiers, the defence ministry said Sunday. It said "a terrorist was shot dead" on Saturday in an area between Tizi-Ouzou and Boumerdes, located 120 and 50 kilometres (75 and 30 miles) from Algiers, respectively. A hunting rifle and three bombs were recovered during the operation, the defence ministry said in a statement on its website.

Algerian military issues official plane crash toll: 77 killed, 1 survivor

ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian military issues official plane crash toll: 77 killed, 1 survivor.

Algerian military issues official plane crash toll: 77 killed, 1 survivor

ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian military issues official plane crash toll: 77 killed, 1 survivor.

Canadian foreign minister speaks out against corruption in Algeria visit

ALGIERS, Algeria - Canada's foreign minister spoke out against corruption Sunday during a visit to Algeria where a Canadian engineering and construction company is being investigated over charges that it was awarded contracts in exchange for bribes. Speaking at a joint news conference with his Algerian counterpart in Algiers, Foreign Minister John Baird said the case involving SNC-Lavalin is not representative of "all Canadian businesses, which give huge importance to ethics," according to Algeria's official state news agency.

Troops kill two Islamist gunmen east of Algiers

Algerian troops have killed two armed Islamists in separate operations east of the capital, the defence ministry said on Monday. The two men were killed on Sunday evening, one during clashes with security forces in the Tadmait area of the restive Tizi Ouzou region, around 110 kilometres (70 miles) from Algiers, the ministry said in a statement. The second gunman was killed in an army ambush in the Baghlia area of Boumerdes, some 50 kilometres from the capital. A quantity of weapons, including Kalashnikov assault rifles and ammunition, was seized in both operations.
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