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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...

2006-05-10 14:34:00

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian troops stormed an Islamic rebel hideout on Wednesday and killed 10 guerrillas, the largest number shot dead by government forces since the country began an amnesty to end violence, state news agency APS said. Soldiers had besieged the rebels for a month in the rugged mountains of the Seddat area in Jijel province, some 230 km (140 miles) east of Algiers, before they took the hideout. APS did not say which rebel group the guerrillas belonged to, but...

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...

2005-10-01 09:25:40

By Paul de Bendern ALGIERS (Reuters) - An Internet statement attributed to Algeria's largest outlawed Islamic militant group, aligned with al Qaeda, said it opposed an amnesty in exchange for laying down its arms and would continue its "Jihad," or holy war. In a September 29 referendum, Algerians approved a government offer of partial amnesty for rebels still fighting for a purist Islamic state, in a bid to end more than a decade of civil war in which more than 150,000 people have...

2005-09-30 09:03:45

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian voters overwhelmingly approved a partial amnesty for hundreds of Islamic rebels intended to end more than a decade of civil war, Interior Minister Noureddine Zerhouni said on Friday. "97.43 percent voted 'yes'," he told a news conference, adding that almost 80 percent of the North African country's 18.3 million eligible voters took part. The referendum on Thursday was on whether to approve a "charter for peace and national...

2005-09-30 04:54:39

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian voters overwhelmingly approved a partial amnesty for hundreds of Islamic rebels intended to end more than a decade of civil war, Interior Minister Noureddine Zerhouni said on Friday. "97.43 percent voted 'yes'," he told a news conference, adding that almost 80 percent of the North African country's 18.3 million eligible voters took part. The referendum on Thursday was on whether to approve a "charter for peace and national...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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