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Algeria: Blind repression and worsening freedoms in Algeria
Algeria: Blind repression and worsening freedoms in Algeria

Algiers, May 20, 2020 - Algeria has sentenced three opposition activists to jail over Facebook posts, in what rights groups said Wednesday was the latest sign of increased repression after the coronavirus lockdown stifled a popular protest movement. Soheib Debaghi was...

Algeria: The return of the Saharan cheetah to the Hoggar Mountains
Algeria: The return of the Saharan cheetah to the Hoggar Mountains

Algiers, May 20, 2020 - Naturalists in Algeria have filmed a Saharan cheetah, a subspecies listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, for the first time in a decade, the national parks authority said. The animal was spotted in the Hoggar Mountains national...

Algeria: Kia to suspend car assembly in Algeria
Algeria: Kia to suspend car assembly in Algeria

Algiers, May 15, 2020 - South Korean carmaker Kia will shut down its assembly line in Algeria from Sunday due to supply chain disruptions after authorities imposed a ban on the import of spare parts. "Work will be interrupted from May 17" at the factory in the town of...

Algeria and Morocco bickering again
Algeria and Morocco bickering again

Algiers, May 14, 2020 - Algeria said Thursday it had summoned Morocco's ambassador after a video circulating on social media appeared to show a Moroccan diplomat calling Algeria an "enemy" country. Relations between the North African countries have long been tense,...

Algeria: Sonatrach implicated in tainted fuel export to Lebanon
Algeria: Sonatrach implicated in tainted fuel export to Lebanon

Beirut, May 13, 2020 - A Lebanese prosecutor on Wednesday pressed charges against 12 people including government officials over a delivery of suspect fuel through an Algerian oil company, state media said. The "tainted fuel" case made headlines in March when Lebanon...

Algeria: Regime launches frontal assault on pro-democracy movement
Algeria: Regime launches frontal assault on pro-democracy movement

By Philippe Agret - The Algerian regime is exploiting coronavirus to defeat a protest movement that has shaken it to its core over the past year, analysts say. Despite protesters deciding to suspend their weekly gatherings since the start of the public health crisis,...

Maghreb: A Ramadan unlike no other
Maghreb: A Ramadan unlike no other

Algiers, May 7, 2020 (By Abdelhafid Daamache) - North Africans say they are missing the taste of Ramadan, as coronavirus restrictions deprive them of traditional mealtime gatherings, evening outings and beloved sweets during the Muslim holy month. "It's not the usual...

Algeria announces deeper spending cuts but says minimum wage up a bit
Algeria announces deeper spending cuts but says minimum wage up a bit

The Algerian government decided Sunday to reduce the state budget by half due to a financial crisis caused by the global collapse in oil prices and worldwide coronavirus lockdowns. The government has decided to reduce the budget by "50 percent" for this year,...

WHO advises MENA region against loosening confinement measures
WHO advises MENA region against loosening confinement measures

Cairo, April 28, 2020 - The World Health Organization warned Tuesday of the impact coronavirus could have in Middle Eastern conflict zones and urged other countries in the region against loosening confinement measures. "This fight has become even more challenging with...

Week-in-review podcast: Lockdowns, curfews and government abuse
Week-in-review podcast: Lockdowns, curfews and government abuse

This is a retrospect on North Africa and the Sahel region, for the week ending 24 April.  The review, which focuses on the latest on Covid-19 in the Maghreb, Egypt and the Sahel, is presented by MEA Risk analyst Arezki Daoud.  The transcripted text is below.  You can...

Government of Algeria attacks Internet news sites
Government of Algeria attacks Internet news sites

April 20, 2020 - Algerian authorities have blocked a third online news website that covered the anti-government "Hirak" protest movement, stirring condemnation Monday from media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. RSF also voiced concern that a draft law on "fake...

Algerian diplomat Lamamra withdraw from UN Libya envoy consideration
Algerian diplomat Lamamra withdraw from UN Libya envoy consideration

Algerian former foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra on Thursday ruled himself out of becoming the next UN envoy to Libya, after diplomats said Washington opposed his nomination. In a statement to the Algerian press, Lamamra said he had been invited last month by UN...

Algeria: Prisoners to make face masks
Algeria: Prisoners to make face masks

Algiers, April 17, 2020 - Inmates at 30 Algerian prisons are being mobilised to make personal protective equipment to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, official news agency APS reported. Authorities will "open sewing workshops for the production of 200,000...

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