Catholic Church beatifies 19 slain clerics in Algeria

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

‘Peaceful solution’ to Western Sahara conflict possible:UN envoy

“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

One of Algeria’s last farriers fears for the trade’s future

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.

Macron admits France enabled torture in Algerian war

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.

Cholera

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

Cholera outbreak hits Algeria for the first time in 20 years

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 prison after France expels ‘mentor’ of jihadists

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

Today in History for July 3rd

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Highlights of this day in history: Union forces win the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War; George Washington takes charge of the Continental Army; Algeria gains independence; Actor Tom Cruise born; Singer Jim Morrison dies. (July 3)

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Thousands of Migrants Abandoned in Sahara Desert

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)