• Area 2.381.741 kmq
  • GDB 168.318 billion $
  • Population 37.900.000 (2013)
  • Inflation 4,20% (2015)
  • Average age 27,5
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
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
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) As if losing a breast to cancer was not traumatic enough, Algerian mother-of-three Linda was then spurned by her husband for being “mutilated” and a “half-woman”. “Cancer? It’s nothing compared with being rejected after 18 years of marriage,” the 50-year-old medical assistant said, still clearly upset years later. Linda is one of hundreds of Algerian women to have been abandoned by their husbands or fiances after being diagnosed with breast cancer, a charity says. Thousands of women are found to suffer from the disease every year in Algeria,Read More
Algiers (AFP) Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union’s top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat. Smail Chergui, the AU’s commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants. “There are reports of 6,000 African fighters among the 30,000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group in the Middle East,” Chergui told a meetingRead More