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German churches succeed in blocking Mideast arms deals

Heckler & Koch G36 rifle

Special to LONDON — The church has helped block German arms exports to the Middle East. Leading churches have joined with the opposition to lobby against major German weapons deals with Middle East allies. Clergymen said the lobbying reduced […]

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Algeria evacuates oil workers after fire fight near Tunisia border


Special to CAIRO — The Algerian Army has evacuated oil workers amid a threat by Al Qaida. The army ordered the evacuation of an oil workers complex in the Ouargla province near the border with Tunisia. Security sources said […]

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Algeria-Morocco conflict escalates to salvos of leaked intel documents


Special to CAIRO — Algeria and Morocco have entered into a new fray — marked by leaking classified documents against each other. Morocco has accused Algeria of leaking classified data obtained by an anonymous hacker. The documents were said […]

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Polisario threatens war with Morocco after speech by King

Polisario fighters base camps near Tindouf in the Sahara. / AFP

Special to CAIRO — Algeria-backed Polisario has again threatened war against Morocco. Polisario said it was preparing to renew hostilities against Morocco amid the stalemate over the disputed region of Western Sahara. The movement cited a pledge by Morocco’s […]

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Algeria captures Al Qaida infiltrators on motorbikes crossing border from Niger

Algerian security vehicles near the border with Niger.

Special to CAIRO — Algeria has reported foiling Al Qaida-aligned infiltration from Niger. The Defense Ministry said at least 20 armed fighters were captured as they crossed the southern border with Niger. The ministry said the suspected insurgency force […]

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Algeria confirms Western intel, announces plans for nuclear program

Algerian Energy Minister Yusef Yusefi. /AFP

Special to CAIRO — Algeria has disclosed plans for its long-secret nuclear project. Officials said Algeria was planning to construct its first nuclear energy reactor to reduce dependency on crude oil and natural gas. The officials said the project […]

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Veteran Al Qaida commander said killed in Algeria ambush


Special to CAIRO — A leading Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb fighter has been killed in Algeria. The Algerian Defense Ministry said a senior AQIM commander was killed in an ambush in the Kabylie region, about 80 […]

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ISIL recruitment drive ‘very worrisome’ to North African governments

ISIL leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, with control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, has set its sights on North Africa. Islamist sources said ISIL has intensified recruiting in several countries in North Africa. […]

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U.S. State Department warns against travel to Algeria


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has warned against visiting Algeria. The State Department said Americans face the prospect of abduction or bombings in Algeria. In its latest travel advisory, the department warned Americans against visiting the North […]

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Algeria, Tunisia close ranks against growing threat from Libyan chaos

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra

Special to CAIRO — Officials said Algeria and Tunisia were engaged in consultations on border and other security cooperation. The officials said cooperation must be enhanced to stop the flow of Al Qaida-aligned fighters throughout North Africa. “There is […]

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