Algeria

  • Area 2.381.741 kmq
  • GDB 168.318 billion $
  • Population 37.900.000 (2013)
  • Inflation 4,20% (2015)
  • Average age 27,5
Algiers (Algeria) (AFP) An Algerian transport plane with around 100 army personnel on board crashed on Wednesday shortly after taking off from an airbase outside the capital. There was no immediate word on casualties after the plane went down near the Boufarik airbase. According to an AFP photographer at the scene, thick black smoke rose from the wreckage of the plane which crashed in a field near the base. Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of fire trucks with their sirens wailing rushed to the scene. Around 100 military personnel wereRead More
Boufarik (Algeria) (AFP) An Algerian military plane crashed and caught fire on Wednesday killing 257 people, mostly army personnel and members of their families, officials said. An AFP photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane in a field near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off. Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of fire trucks with their sirens wailing rushed to the scene of the crash about 25 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Algiers. The defence ministry said in a statement that 247 passengersRead More
Algiers (AFP) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Algeria on Monday as he embarked a new tour of Africa in a bid to ramp up Turkey’s growing influence throughout the continent. The Turkish strongman touched down in Algiers, the first leg of the trip that he described as “historic” and that will see him also visit Mauritania, Senegal and Mali. “Algeria is one of our most important trading partners in the region… We want to strengthen our military, security and cultural relations,” Erdogan told a news conference in Istanbul beforeRead More
Algiers (AFP) Air traffic was severely disrupted in Algeria on Thursday due to a strike by Air Algerie crew, grounding the airline’s fleet for the second time this week, state media said. The strike caused the cancellation of the majority of the Algerian flag carrier’s flights from the capital Algiers, state television reported. Air Algerie was forced to charter planes from French airline Aigle Azur to ensure some of its flights abroad, it added. “This new strike has caused disruptions to all domestic and international flights” from the airport, theRead More
Algiers (AFP) A strike by Air Algerie cabin crews on Monday grounded flights by the carrier out of the North African state’s capital, the airline and a union said. An AFP correspondent at Algiers international airport said Air Algerie flights were landing as scheduled but there were no takeoffs by the carrier. Other carriers operating out of Houari Boumediene airport, where around 70 international and domestic departures were scheduled on Monday, did not appear affected by the industrial action. Hundreds of passengers were left waiting in the departures terminal withoutRead More
In Amenas (Algeria) (AFP) Workers at Algeria’s In Amenas gas plant gathered Tuesday around a black marble memorial to mark five years since a deadly raid by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists left 40 hostages dead. All trace of the four-day siege — which saw workers from Japan, the Philipines, Britain, Norway and the United States killed — has long been cleared away at the sprawling desert facility 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) southeast of Algiers. “They are 40 martyrs. I am full of emotion, I knew a lot of these people,” said AbdelmoumenRead More
Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria) (AFP) Algerian Berbers marked their New Year as a public holiday Friday with feasts, dancing and horse parades, a first for the North Africa region where indigenous peoples have long suffered marginalisation. Members of the Berber community — descendants of North Africa’s pre-Arab inhabitants — enjoyed traditional meals of couscous and chicken and played traditional games as they do each year. But for the first time official events marking the “Yennayer” celebration were also being held across the entire country of some 40 million people, roughly a quarterRead More
Algiers (AFP) The Berbers — descendants of pre-Arab populations across North Africa — are currently celebrating their New Year festivities. On Friday — for the first time — the Yennayer New Year is being marked as a national holiday in Algeria. The Berbers, who refer to themselves as the Amazigh, have long fought for greater recognition for their ancient ethnic group, their culture and language. In Algeria they make up roughly a quarter of the country’s total population of 40 million and live mainly in the mountainous northern region ofRead More