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US, Algeria vow to cooperate in fight against terrorism

The United States and Algeria pledged Thursday to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation. "Algeria, which has paid a heavy toll to terrorism, will never bow in front of this scourge," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at the opening of strategic talks between the two countries. "Terrorism knows no boundaries, has no creed, no religion and targets all nations," he added.

Kerry says U.S. wants to boost Algeria in al Qaeda fight

By Lesley Wroughton ALGIERS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday Washington was looking to increase its security assistance to Algeria to help it tackle militancy in the vast Sahel region to its south, home to one of the world's most active branches of al Qaeda. Algeria, a major gas supplier to Europe, is already a key partner in Washington's campaign against Islamist fighters who have tried to spread across the Maghreb after the French military drove them out of Mali last year.

US, Algeria vow to cooperate in fight against terrorism

The United States and Algeria pledged Thursday to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation. "Algeria, which has paid a heavy toll to terrorism, will never bow in front of this scourge," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at the opening of strategic talks between the two countries. "Terrorism knows no boundaries, has no creed, no religion and targets all nations," he added.

US, Algeria vow to work together to fight terrorism

The United States and Algeria Thursday pledged to work together to battle terrorism, as US Secretary of State John Kerry paid his first visit to the north African nation. "Algeria which has paid a heavy toll to terrorism, will never bow in front of this scourge," Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at the opening of strategic talks between the two countries. "Terrorism knows no boundaries, has no creed, no religion and targets all nations," he added.

Algeria's Bouteflika offers 'democracy' if re-elected

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Sunday pledged constitutional changes if he wins re-election next month, while a rival for the presidency vowed consensual reforms if elected as campaigning got underway. Bouteflika's campaign chief Abdelmalek Sellal promised changes to the national charter that would create a "broad democracy" if the ailing incumbent wins the April 17 vote. Sellal, a former prime minister, gave scant details of the changes as he opened the campaign with a speech in the southern desert town of Adrar.

Algeria's Bouteflika offers 'democracy' if re-elected

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's campaign chief promised on Sunday that constitutional changes would create a "broad democracy" if the ailing incumbent wins re-election next month. Former prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal gave scant details of the long-promised changes as he opened the re-election campaign with a speech in the southern desert town of Adrar. Sellal was one of six senior regime figures who fanned out across the vast North African country to campaign on behalf of the president, who is too sick to take to the hustings himself.

Bouteflika website cyberattack as Algeria vote campaign opens

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's website was inaccessible Sunday at the start of campaigning for Algeria's April 17 election as his camp reported a cyberattack. Another website, El-Watan2014 set up for the presidential election, said the message "Ali Benflis will be our future president" had appeared on the site before it was taken down. Benflis is the main challenger to Bouteflika, who is seeking a fourth term in next month's poll.

Algeria's Bouteflika says health won't prevent re-election bid, vows reforms

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said in a letter published on Saturday his current health would not prevent him from running for re-election and promised constitutional reforms if he wins the April 17 ballot. In the letter released by APS state news agency, Bouteflika, who has rarely spoken in public since suffering a stroke last year, gave the most detailed remarks about his intentions since registering his candidacy this month. (Reporting by Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Algeria's Bouteflika: health does not 'disqualify' re-election

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Saturday his ailing health does not "disqualify" his bid to run for a fourth term in polls next month. "The difficulties linked to my health do no appear to disqualify me in your eyes or plead in favour of me giving up the heavy responsibilities which have, in part, affected my health," he said in a message to the Algerian people on the eve of the start of campaigning, carried by national news agency APS.

Algeria's Bouteflika: health does not 'disqualify' re-election

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said Saturday his ailing health does not "disqualify" his bid to run for a fourth term in polls next month. "The difficulties linked to my health do no appear to disqualify me in your eyes," he said in a message to the Algerian people on the eve of the start of campaigning, carried by national news agency APS. Bouteflika, who is 77 and has been in office since 1999, was hospitalised in Paris last year for three months after suffering a mini-stroke. Opponents say he should not run in the April 17 presidential election.
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