Algeria is the second largest country in Africa. Four-fifths of its territory is covered by the Sahara Desert. Its inhabitants are concentrated in oases surrounded by desert. The Algerian government is a parliamentary republic, and the official language is Arabic. Algeria is the sixth largest gas exporter and ranks 16th in oil reserves. Since 1991 Algerian politics have been dominated by violence between the military and Islamic militants. In January 2013, militants seized dozens of hostages from an Algerian oil field. Algerian forces launched a raid that led to the release of some hostages and the death of others.
At least 257 people died today in a military plane crash in northern Algeria, according to state media. The Algerian military aircraft, carrying many soldiers, crashed into a field this morning shortly after takeoff from the Boufarik military base, some 20 miles southwest of the capital Algiers,
Algeria's president has visited the construction site of the future Great Mosque in Algiers, in a rare public appearance of the 81-year-old ailing leader
The Soviet-designed II-76 military plane came down on an area with no residents.
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New information reveals that 118 were on board when the plane crashed in one piece during a storm.
Editor's Note: An earlier report cited the Facebook page of the Ouagadougou airport identifying one of the passengers as Mariela Castro, the niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. ABC News has confirmed that she was not on that flight. The wreckage of an Algerian airliner that disappeared from
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