January 18, 2013 |
Breaking News update: ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian official: 20 foreign hostages, including Americans, escape from their captors. More to come; the original story is below: ALGIERS, Algeria - As Algerian army helicopters clattered overhead deep in the desert, Islamist extremists hunkered down for the night in a natural gas complex they had assaulted Wednesday morning, killing two people and taking dozens of foreigners hostage in...
October 11, 1988 |
President Chadli Bendjedid, speaking to the nation last night, vowed to address economic complaints that caused the rioting in which an estimated 300 people died in battles with troops. He also hinted he may not run for another term. His address came hours after troops fired machine guns into a crowd of more than 10,000 in the Algiers district of Bab-el-Oued. Witnesses estimated that 25 to 30 people were killed. Dozens of others were wounded, some seriously. The government has provided no casualty figures, but reliable reports from police, hospitals and other sources indicate that as many as 300 have died in the week of unrest.
January 26, 1997 |
Algeria marked a fateful anniversary Jan. 12. It has been five years since the military-backed regime canceled national elections, aborting a bold experiment in democracy that had little precedent in the Arab world. Nearly every day the last two weeks, Algerians have been reminded of the staggering cost of that decision, which unleashed a horrific torrent of bloodletting. Last week, five car bombs rocked Algiers, the capital, and outlying towns. Entire families have been massacred by shadowy militants.
January 20, 1992 |
The red carpet curling up a spiral staircase in city hall to the mayor's second-floor office is roped off now, like some museum relic. The current fundamentalist mayor walks up a modest concrete stairwell to the rear of city hall, better to remind the people that it is more than religious piety that sets him apart from the men who ran Blida and the country for 30 years. Up in the Atlas Mountains overlooking Blida, three men from town sit nursing a bottle of red wine and shivering in an unheated bar appropriately named Le Terminus, or the end of the line.
August 18, 1994 |
A powerful earthquake which struck western Algeria early today killed at least 126 people and injured 237, Algeria radio, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corporation, reported. The quake, which hit about 250 miles west of Algiers, registered a magnitude of 5.4, according to the Global Physics Institute in Strasbourg, France. There was considerable damage to buildings and property, according to rescue officials, quoted on national radio. Many people were left without shelter, the report said.
June 23, 2010 |
A year ago the United States needed a miracle in South Africa, a three-goal win over Egypt and a three-goal loss by Italy to Brazil, to advance to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup. This year a simple one-goal win will eliminate the need for divine intervention. A win over Algeria this morning in the teams' final first-round Group C game and the U.S. team marches on to the World Cup's second round, England and Slovenia be damned. A tie with the Desert Foxes, who unfortunately do not have someone named Rommel on their roster, and that England-Slovenia game, which will be played at the same time as U.S.-Algeria, becomes the game of the year.
June 19, 2010
The United States would advance with a victory over Algeria, which would give it five points. Because England plays Slovenia, one of those teams can't finish with five. The United States would advance with a draw against Algeria, which would give it three points, as long as England loses to Slovenia or England-Slovenia ends in a draw and the U.S. maintains a goal advantage over England. Currently, the U.S. has three goals and England has one. One scenario could lead to lots being drawn for who advances.
August 10, 2004
WHY IS IT that we forgave Great Britain, forgave the French, forgave Morocco, forgave Algeria, forgave Tunis, forgave Tripoli, forgave Great Britain (again), forgave Algeria (again), forgave Tunis (again), forgave Tripoli (again), forgave Canada, forgave Mexico, forgave the South? Forgave Spain, forgave the Philippines, forgave Mexico (again), forgave Germany, forgave Bulgaria, forgave Turkey, forgave Austria-Hungary, forgave Germany (again), forgave Italy, forgave Japan, forgave China, forgave Vietnam, forgave the Soviet Union, forgave Kosovo, forgave Afghanistan and are in the process of forgiving Iraq - yet we continue to punish Cuba?
May 5, 1995 |
It is 1962 in a peaceful Gallic village far from Algeria, which has just been made independent of France. But in Wild Reeds, that nation's involvement in Algeria has mortal repercussions for the secondary school students in the village, teenagers struggling to define themselves intellectually and sexually as their country sorts itself out politically. In his involving film, one of the best in the festival, director Andre Techine creates living characters instead of sociopolitical symbols.
January 4, 1995 |
LONDON THREATENING LETTERS FROM HIJACK GROUP A series of letters, purportedly from the Muslim extremist group that hijacked an Air France jet, threatened to kill Americans, Britons and Germans in Algeria if their embassies do not close by Saturday. The letters were signed by the Armed Islamic Group, the most radical group fighting a three-year-old insurgency against Algeria's military-installed government. Britain and the United States said their embassies in Switzerland received warning letters signed by the group.