Some 1,200 people attend a beatification ceremony in Algeria in the presence of Papal envoy Cardinal Angelo Becciu. The Catholic Church beatified seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during the country’s civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation. IMAGES
“A peaceful solution to this conflict is possible,” UN envoy Horst Koehler says in Geneva after Morocco and the Polisario Front, which fought a war over the region until a 1991 ceasefire, took part in two days of roundtable discussions along with Algeria and Mauritania. SOUNDBITE
Clutching a glowing red horseshoe between blacksmith’s tongs, Meddah Larbi delights in his passion caring for horses’ hooves, as one of Algeria’s last farriers.
France acknowledged that it instigated a “system” that facilitated torture during Algeria’s independence war, a landmark admission about a conflict that remains hugely sensitive six decades on. Emmanuel Macron — the first president born after the conflict — went further than any of his predecessors in recognising the scale of abuses by French troops during the 1954-62 war.
The cholera outbreak that struck Algeria this month is now confined to one of six areas originally affected and the number of hospital patients is falling. Videographic on cholera.VIDEOGRAPHIC
Algerians talk through barred windows to their relatives infected with cholera who are being kept in isolation at the Infectious Diseases Department in the Boufarik hospital, south of Algiers, after a cholera outbreak hit the North African country for the first time in twenty years.
Images of the Vezin-le-Coquet prison near the western city of Rennes where radical Islamic preacher was held before his release by France and expulsion to Algeria. While in prison Djamel Beghal became a mentor to at least two jihadis who carried out deadly attacks on a satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015, officials say. IMAGES
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Algeria’s government has expelled over 13,000 migrants in the Sahara Desert in the past 14 months, giving them little choice but to walk to safety across the border to Niger or Mali or die trying. (June 25)
An influential Islamic preacher convicted of hate speech in France has been deported after his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights was rejected. El Hadi Doudi was sent back to Algeria on Friday, following his conviction for provoking hatred towards Jews, Shi’ites and women. In public speeches, he reportedly made slurs against Jewish people, and argued that women should not have the right to even leave their homes without permission.
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