Algeria

February 26, 2013

Arab tourists from the Maghreb wil no longer require tourist visas to enter Egypt
03:24 GMT

Tourists coming to Egypt from the Arab Maghreb countries (Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria) will no longer have to obtain tourist visas, German news agency DPA reported on Monday.

February 20, 2013

The gas facility at the centre of the Algeria hostage crisis is set to restart production on February 24
07:49 GMT

The gas facility at the centre of the Algerian hostage crisis in January will resume production by February 24, state media reported on Monday.

February 5, 2013

The hostage crisis in Algeria could see Maghreb economies diversifying away from hydrocarbons
09:32 GMT

The gas field attack in Algeria and the war against terror in northern Mali are forcing the countries to take a new look at economic policies.

January 31, 2013

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (R) greets British Prime Minister David Cameron upon his arival at the People's Palace in the capital Algiers on Thursday. (AFP PHOTO/ FAROUK BATICHE)
08:33 GMT

The UK's prime minister jets over to the North African nation, following the BP hostage debacle this month.

January 21, 2013

The death toll according to Salal was 37 hostages who were killed by the militants.
22:53 GMT

A convoy of about 30 armored vehicles transporting some 200 Malian and French troops moved into Diabaly, 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital Bamako.

January 20, 2013

Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri reportedly lead the hostage-taking operation at the BP oil facility in In Aménas, Algeria (AFP PHOTO / SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP / ANI)
13:23 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked militants, who kidnapped hundreds of workers at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, said they were after “crusaders” and not Algerian nationals, one of the released hostages told Al Arabiya in an interview on Saturday.

Libyan  officials have beefed up security at their oil and gas plants following the deadly hostage situation in neighbouring Algeria
08:16 GMT

Libyan officials have said that Libyan oil and gas installations are extremely secure and played down any threats of similar attacks such as that happened in Algeria during the last four days.

January 19, 2013

Mauritania's leader
16:06 GMT

Mauritanians are not toeing the North African line in inviting the French intervention against Mali. Mauritania still sees France as the colonial enemy with ulterior motives in the region.

A statement agreed by the 15-member council stressed the need to bring the Al-Qaeda linked attackers and their backers to justice.
08:40 GMT

The U.N. Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the “heinous” attack and hostage-taking at an Algerian gas complex by Al-Qaeda linked militants.

January 18, 2013

650 people have been rescued from a gas plant in Algeria, but more hostages are still being help.
15:02 GMT

650 people have been rescued on Friday from an Algerian gas facility in a rescue mission by the military.

January 17, 2013

At least three Japanese were among the 41 foreigners kidnapped by heavily armed Islamist gunmen attacked a gas complex in Algeria. (AFP Photo/Jiji Press)
13:46 GMT

Thirty-four hostages and 14 of their captors were reportedly killed in an air raid on Thursday afternoon by the Algerian armed forces.

Reports indicate two Japanese workers were injured in the attack. (AFP)
12:41 GMT

Algerian helicopters have attacked the gas complex where Islamists seized dozens of hostages on Thursday.

Militants have threatened to blow up the gas field if the Algerian army intervenes.
10:53 GMT

30 local workers escaped from the desert gas facility where scores of hostages are being held.

A road sign near the In Amenas gas field, in eastern Algeria near the Libyan border, Algerian troops surrounded Islamists holding foreign hostages at the gas field on Thursday. (AFP Photo/Statoil/Kjetil Alsvik)
10:03 GMT

Hostages held by Islamist militants at a gas field in Algeria have reportedly been forced to wear belts strapped with explosives.

An undated handout picture released by BP on Wednesday shows their operation at the In Amenas field in the Sahara desert, 1,300 kilometres (810 miles) southeast of Algiers, close to the Libyan border (Photo: BP PETROLEUM COMPANY / AFP)
05:41 GMT

Seven Americans were among those abducted on Wednesday when Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria.