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2008-09-24 12:00:23

An official Algerian committee advised the government to upgrade the CCTV system in Algiers's Boumdeienne international airport following the submission of its report to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, El-Khabar newspaper reported on 24 September. The committee, made of representatives from the company running the airport, the aviation authority and the security forces, recommended additional installation of "wireless cameras equipped with digital antennas that work on high-speed...

2006-06-28 05:45:28

ALGIERS (Reuters) - About 200 Algerian Islamist fighters have so far surrendered under an amnesty aimed at ending years of violence, Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said in remarks published on Wednesday. The number represents a quarter of the total amount of guerrillas estimated by officials to have been at large when the amnesty came into effect in February The amnesty, which runs out in August, is part of a package of reconciliation measures intended to put a...

2006-06-26 06:07:57

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian government forces killed 19 Islamist militants in attacks on mountain hideouts of rebels who have rejected an amnesty aimed at ending years of strife, newspapers reported on Monday. Backed by helicopters, some 800 troops and paramilitary police raided bases of the rebel Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) on Sunday in the eastern province of Annaba, 600 km (375 miles) from the capital Algiers, dailies Liberte and L'Expression said, citing...

2006-03-04 23:20:07

By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria began releasing former Islamist fighters from prison on Saturday, witnesses said, fulfilling an amnesty aimed at promoting national reconciliation after more than a decade of conflict. The first batch of prisoners walked free from Serkadji prison in the capital Algiers. Some knelt and kissed the soil to give thanks for their freedom before being greeted by relatives who had waited outside the building since shortly after dawn. Similar...

2006-02-12 14:27:04

By Will Dunham ALGIERS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday Washington intended to deepen its military and counter-terrorism ties with Algeria, but avoided saying whether this was dependent on Algerian political reforms. Rumsfeld also said he discussed possible arms sales during a 95-minute meeting with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika but added: "I'm not on a weapons-sale mission." Rumsfeld, on a three-day trip to North Africa, traveled from Tunisia,...

2006-02-12 10:12:04

By Will Dunham ALGIERS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Sunday Washington intended to deepen its military and counter-terrorism ties with Algeria, but avoided saying whether this was dependent on Algerian political reforms. "We look forward to strengthening our military-to-military relationship and our cooperation in counter-terrorism," Rumsfeld said during a joint appearance with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the presidential palace in Algiers. His...

2006-02-12 05:49:24

By Will Dunham ALGIERS (Reuters) - The United States on Sunday pressed its efforts to support moderate North Africa countries amid worries about Islamic extremism, with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld taking his message to Algeria. The United States and Algeria, the second biggest country in Africa, began military exchanges last year as Washington sought backing for its campaign against global terrorism. Rumsfeld arrived there from Tunisia on a three-day trip to North Africa and...

2006-02-02 08:05:00

By William Maclean TIKJDA, Algeria (Reuters) - Gazing at the cedar trees and snow-capped crags of this mountain ski resort, Abdenour Ouahi savors the delights of his sport. "When I'm here, I feel at peace. I have no problems," said the 28-year-old, breathless after making his favorite descent at the 4,850-foot-high Tikjda ski center. The businessman's sentiments echo those of skiers the world over. But Tikjda is not just any winter playground: It is in Algeria, the giant north African...

2005-11-28 06:42:17

By Adrian Croft BARCELONA (Reuters) - Leaders from the European Union and 10 Mediterranean nations battled to agree on a code of conduct against terrorism and a vision statement on Middle East peace in the final hours of a lacklustre summit on Monday. Diplomats said foreign ministers of the 35 countries failed at a late-night session to resolve differences over whether to distinguish between terrorism and a right to resist occupation, and what to say about the Israeli-Palestinian...

2005-09-30 10:58:59

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerians voted overwhelmingly to turn the page on a decade of civil war by offering a partial amnesty to hundreds of Islamic militants. The conflict, which has cost more than 150,000 lives, pitted neighbor against neighbor and isolated the oil-producing Arab state from the rest of the world amid atrocities by rebels and allegations of crimes by security forces. Interior Minister Noureddine Zerhouni said on Friday that results showed 97.4...


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conjunto
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The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin