Algeria

Country Algeria
Capital Algiers
Continent Africa
Currency Algerian dinar(DZD)
Languages Arabic

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After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), has dominated politics ever since. Many Algerians in the subsequent generation were not satisfied, however, and moved to counter the FLN's centrality in Algerian politics. The surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting spurred the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. The government later allowed elections featuring pro-government and moderate religious-based parties, but this did not appease the activists who progressively widened their attacks. The fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense fighting between 1992-98 resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election widely viewed as fraudulent and was reelected in a landslide victory in 2004. BOUTEFLIKA was overwhelmingly reelected to a third term in 2009 after the government amended the constitution in 2008 to remove presidential term limits. Longstanding problems continue to face BOUTEFLIKA, including large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing activities of extremist militants. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 2006 merged with al-Qai'da to form al-Qai'da in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, which has launched an ongoing series of kidnappings and bombings - including high-profile, mass-casualty suicide attacks targeting the Algerian Government and Western interests.

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Algeria - CIA World Fact Book
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Algeria: President Sends Prime Minister Packing - STRATFOR

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Algeria: President Sends Prime Minister Packing
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Less than three months into his appointment, the prime minister of Algeria has been replaced by a veteran of the post. President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika removed Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune from office on Aug. 15 after Tebboune returned from a ...
Algeria recalls veteran crisis manager Ouyahia as Prime MinisterReuters
Algeria's president sacks prime ministerNews24
Algeria's president appoints new prime ministerXinhua
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Sofiane Feghoul: Galatasaray sign Algeria winger from West Ham - BBC Sport

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Sofiane Feghoul: Galatasaray sign Algeria winger from West Ham
BBC Sport
Sofiane Feghouli leaves West Ham after just one season at the English Premier League club. Galatasaray signed West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli on a five-year contract for $5.01m, the Turkish club announced on Monday. The 27-year-old Algeria ...
Algeria's Feghouli joins Galatasaray from West HamVanguard
Official: Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli signs for GalatasarayKingFut
Algeria's Sofiane Feghouli joins Galatasaray for 4.25mAl-Bawaba
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Algeria's Third Premier This Year Signals Turmoil in OPEC State ... - Bloomberg

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Algeria's Third Premier This Year Signals Turmoil in OPEC State ...
Bloomberg
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika fired the nation's prime minister only appointed in May, replacing him with a veteran politician who had already held the ...
New Algerian prime minister formally assumes officeAnadolu Agency
Algeria's PM sacked after 79 days in officePress TV
Algerian presidency appoints Ahmed Ouyahia as prime ministerThe New Arab
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Algeria commissions locally built corvette | Jane's 360 - IHS Jane's 360

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Algeria commissions locally built corvette | Jane's 360
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The Algerian Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 9 August that the locally built corvette Rais Hassen Barbiar (807) had been commissioned by ...
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Riyad Mahrez: Algeria winger 'focused' despite uncertain future - BBC Sport

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Riyad Mahrez: Algeria winger 'focused' despite uncertain future
BBC Sport
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare praised Riyad Mahrez's focus in Friday's 4-3 defeat to Arsenal, despite uncertainty over the Algerian's future. Italian club Roma want to sign Mahrez and the winger, who helped Leicester win the Premier League title in ...

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Algeria: 26 arrested for deliberately starting 131 forest fires - Middle East Monitor

Middle East Monitor

Algeria: 26 arrested for deliberately starting 131 forest fires
Middle East Monitor
The Algerian Gendarmerie Nationale's investigation into fires that ripped through 36 states has resulted in the arrest of 26 people, according to a statement released by the Gendarmerie's official agency this week. Some 5.4 tonnes of coal were ...



MIFF 2017: Until the Birds Return is the best Algerian film you'll see ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald

MIFF 2017: Until the Birds Return is the best Algerian film you'll see ...
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You're unlikely to see a better Algerian movie this year than Karim Moussaoui's. In fact, you're unlikely to see any other Algerian movie.

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Adelaide United signs Algeria international Karim Matmour - ESPN FC

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Adelaide United signs Algeria international Karim Matmour
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Adelaide United have locked in their fourth foreigner for the upcoming A-League season, signing French-born Algerian midfielder Karim Matmour. The 32-year-old has spent most of his career in Germany and is a versatile attacker who can play anywhere in ...
Adelaide United signs Algerian midfielder Karim Matmour on one ...The Advertiser
Algerian midfielder joins Adelaide UnitedSBS - The World Game
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Algeria operating Buk-M2E surface-to-air missiles - defenceWeb

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Algeria operating Buk-M2E surface-to-air missiles
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The August issue of the Algerian People's National Army's (ANP) El-Djeich magazine shows an image of a Buk-M2 transporter-erector-launcher on a MZKT 6922 6x6 wheeled vehicle (rather than a more commonly used tracked vehicle). The photo appears to ...



Sandstorm sweeps through Algerian city, turning sky red and blocking out the sun - The Sun

The Sun

Sandstorm sweeps through Algerian city, turning sky red and blocking out the sun
The Sun
The video begins with a group of young men playing football with a swirling red cloud in the background. The clip begins with a group of young men playing football in Ain Oussera, Algeria. YouTube Benkabel Slami. 4. The clip begins with a group of ...