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Morocco recalls Tunisia ambassador over Western Sahara

Morocco recalls Tunisia ambassador over Western Sahara

MOROCCO recalled its ambassador to Tunisia after Tunisian President Kais Saied received the head of the Polisario Front movement that is seeking independence for Western Sahara, a territory Morocco regards as its own. Morocco said Tunisia's decision to invite Brahim Ghali to a Japanese development summit for Africa that Tunis is hosting this weekend was "a grave and unprecedented act that deeply hurts the feelings of the Moroccan people". The row opens a new front in a series of disputes over Western Sahara that has already dragged in Spain and Germany and escalated an overarching regional rivalry between Morocco and…
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France’s Macron urges future with Algeria beyond ‘painful’ history

France’s Macron urges future with Algeria beyond ‘painful’ history

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron indicated France and Algeria should move beyond their "painful" shared history and look to the future at the start of a three-day visit to the North African country. The trauma of French colonial rule in Algeria and the bitter independence war that ended it in 1962 has haunted relations between the two countries for decades and played into a diplomatic dispute that erupted last year. "We have a complex, painful common past. And it has at times prevented us from looking at the future," Macron said after meeting Algerian counterpart President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Standing alongside Macron in…
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French President Macron to travel to Algeria on Aug. 25

French President Macron to travel to Algeria on Aug. 25

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is planning to travel to Algeria next week, the Elysee palace announced, saying that the official visit will take place from August 25-27. Macron accepted an invitation by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, his office said. It will be Macron's second official visit to the North African country which holds close business ties with Paris. Thanks to its large natural gas reserves, Algeria recently has also become a centre of attention for the European Union in its efforts to cut back imports from Russia. Relations between Macron and Tebboune last year soured when remarks made by the…
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Algerian prime minister infected with COVID-19

Algerian prime minister infected with COVID-19

NEWLY-appointed Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane is infected with COVID-19, according to the Algerian state TV. The prime minister, who had just formed his new government on Wednesday, will quarantine for seven days, but will continue performing his duties virtually, state TV said. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered his government to reimpose physical distancing and mask-wearing measures across the country on Saturday, as well as to speed up a vaccination drive to cope with a surge in infection cases, it said. The North African country has so far reported 145,296 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 3,824 deaths.
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Algeria’s first appearance since COVID-19 hospitalisation

Algeria’s first appearance since COVID-19 hospitalisation

ALGERIAN President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has made his first appearance since he was flown to a hospital in Germany 47 days ago after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, saying he is recovering and will be back home soon. Tebboune, 75, who appeared in a video on Twitter and a broadcast on state television, said he is expected to make a complete recovery within three weeks at the latest. "I'm recovering...I will recover my physical capacities in a week, two weeks or three weeks," he said. "We will soon be in the country to continue building a new Algeria". - Thomson…
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Algeria to reimpose restrictions after coronavirus cases rise

Algeria to reimpose restrictions after coronavirus cases rise

ALGERIA  will reimpose restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19 from November 17, including closing gyms, cultural centres, leisure venues and used car markets, and limiting opening hours for some businesses, the prime minister's office said on Sunday. The new measures are aimed at coping with "the worrying phase that the country is experiencing in terms of the evolution of the epidemiological situation," it said in a statement. Under the restrictions, businesses such as cafes, restaurants, hair salons and toy shops will be ordered to close at 3:00 p.m. The North African country had started easing restrictions in June after…
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Algeria says President Tebboune’s treatment nearing completion

Algeria says President Tebboune’s treatment nearing completion

ALGERIAN President Abdelmadjid Tebboune is about to complete medical treatment and his condition is improving, his office said, 13 days after he was flown to a hospital in Germany. Authorities last week said Tebboune, 75, had tested positive for COVID-19. He had stayed at a military hospital in Algiers before being transferred to Germany. Elected last December, Tebboune has pushed for changes to the constitution as part of attempts to turn the page on mass protests that forced his predecessor to resign in April 2019. The constitution was backed in a referendum last weekend with 66.8% of votes but with…
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Algerian president has COVID-19 but improving, presidency says

Algerian president has COVID-19 but improving, presidency says

ALGERIAN President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has tested positive for COVID-19, but his condition is gradually improving as he receives treatment in a German hospital, the presidency has disclosed. Algerian authorities had previously said Tebboune was in Germany for medical checks when he flew there last week, after saying people in his administration had the coronavirus. Tebboune, 75 and a smoker, was elected less than a year ago as Algeria faced its biggest political crisis in decades with a mass protest movement demanding the entire ruling class be replaced. Backed by the powerful military, he pushed for changes to the constitution as…
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Algerian president’s health condition ‘stable’, presidency says

Algerian president’s health condition ‘stable’, presidency says

ALGERIA’S President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's health condition is "stable and does not cause concern", the presidency said on Thursday, a day after being flown to Germany for medical checks. "His medical staff is optimistic as to the results of checks," it said in a statement. Tebboune, 75, had entered a military hospital in Algiers after senior aides tested positive for COVID-19. - Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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