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.
AP PHOTOS: Wild costumes, drums mark Algerian New Year fest
With animal hide costumes and banging drums, the western Algerian town of Beni Snous noisily celebrated the new year _ and an ancient military victory over the pharaoh _ with a traditional Berber Ayred festival
Wreckage From Algerian Jetliner Found in Mali, Says Office of French President
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
Belgium vs. South Korea and Algeria vs. Russia: 2014 FIFA World Cup Live Updates
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Belgium vs. Algeria : World Cup Live Updates
Belgium takes on Algeria today to start play in Group H on Day 6 of the 2014 World Cup . Also today, hosts Brazil play Mexico, where both teams will try to get another three points to clinch a spot into the knockout round. Both Brazil and Mexico have three points. In the nightcap, South Korea and
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Algeria Hostage Crisis: The Libya Connection
The terrorist leader who claimed to have mounted the deadly raid on an Algerian gas plant in the name of al Qaeda is the same one-eyed jihadist who once bragged his fighters “benefit” from the loose weapons streaming out of Libya, despite U.S. and international...
Algerian Hostage Tapes: Inside Intel on Terror Attack?
Videos Capture Snapshots of Hostages, Hostage-Takers, Bombs, Bloody Aftermath
Exclusive: Harrowing Tale of Algeria Hostage Crisis Survivor
The wife of one of the Americans who survived the hostage crisis at the BP facility in Algeria said that her husband hid from armed terrorists for more than two days, even as the gunmen paced feet away, before deciding to make a run for...
Rogers: US Knew 'Something Big' Was Coming Before Algeria Crisis
The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that before the deadly Algerian hostage crisis, the U.S. had several reports that "something big" was coming against a Western target -- but not the details the government needed to prevent it. "Just like the Benghazi event, we had lots of