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Africa has imported $ 65.8 billion food in 2016 – Report

The African continent spent about $ 65.8 billion on food imports in 2016, a report released by Trade Law Center for Southern Africa (TRALAC) said. According to the report, trade data over the review period 2012-2016 reveal that on average Africa’s food trade deficit was around US$30 billion annually. It noted that from a high […]

Ailing Algeria’s Bouteflika to finally meet German Chancellor Merkel

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Tuesday congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her party’s victory in the legislative elections and invited her to pay official visit to Algeria, state-run APS news agency reports. Earlier this year Chancellor Merkel’s visit to the North African nation has been called off because President Bouteflika was too sick to […]

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About 1.45 million Algerians visited Tunisia in 2017

About 1.45 million Algerian tourists visited Tunisia since the beginning of the year; an increase estimated at 59.8% compared to last year, data from the Tunisian Tourism ministry show. According to local news portal webdo.tn, the number of Algerians passing through Tunisia last July was close to 312,000 visitors, an increase of 60.7% compared to […]

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UN Chief Appoints Former German President Horst Köhler as his Personal Envoy for Sahara

UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced Wednesday the official appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for the Sahara. Horst Köhler was appointed to the position after the UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres received the OK of the Security Council and the approval of the parties to the Sahara conflict, namely […]

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Algeria’s ailing president names new Prime Minister

Algeria’s presidency on Tuesday named former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia back in the job he has previously held three times, the state news agency APS reported. The move comes hours after the stroke-afflicted president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, fired the Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who held the position for just three months. The presidency statement gave no […]

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Press Freedom: RSF Calls on Algeria to Free Journalist Saïd Chitour

Reporters without Borders (RSF) has called for the release of Saïd Chitour, an Algerian freelance journalist who has been held arbitrarily ever since the intelligence services arrested him when he landed at Algiers international airport on June 5. There are no grounds for keeping Chitour in pre-trial detention and doing so for more than a […]

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Algeria eyeing renewable energy, Minister Guitouni

Algeria’s energy minister Mustapha Guitouni stated that they have to “use technology at the optimum level to get better returns” of their oil and gas resources as well as better evaluate them while increasing investment in the oil sector. He revealed that part of the Algerian government’s diversification plan is to increase the amount of […]

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Algeria: four security forces injured in IS-linked attack

The Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility of the Wednesday attack in Blida on a patrol of the Algerian gendarmerie in which four security forces were “slightly” injured, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports. SITE jihadist monitoring service announced the information carried on by MEMO. IS through its media outlet, Amaq indicated that its fighters […]

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Algeria: ailing president appoints new PM

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday appointed Abdul-Majeed Tabboun as the country’s new prime minister, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal, a statement broadcast by the state media said. “Following the Constitutional Council’s announcement of the final results of recent legislative polls, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal submitted his resignation today to President Bouteflika,” the statement read. Tabboun, 71, […]

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Sahara: the Polisario losing ground in Africa, across the world

The Algeria-backed Polisario, which is claiming sovereignty over the Western Sahara territory in Southern Morocco, is losing more ground in Africa day by day. On Friday, the separatists were dealt another blow as Malawi announced that it withdrew its recognition of the pseudo-Sahrawi republic proclaimed by the Polisario. The announcement was made by Malawian Foreign […]

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