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.

January 16, 2013

Screen shot posted on jihadist forums by a group calling itself "al-Sahara Media Foundation" reportedly shows al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters preparing for war in northern Mali. (AFP PHOTO / SITE Monitoring Service)
12:45 GMT

Staff at the British Petroleum site in the town of Amenas, near the Libyan border, have reportedly been kidnapped,

January 14, 2013

An investment bank for the Arab Maghreb has been created with $100m and support from the IMF
11:13 GMT

The five nations of the Arab Maghreb Union have created an investment bank with capital of $100 million to finance infrastructure projects in the region, Mauritania's central bank governor said on Wednesday.

January 8, 2013

Algeria has signed a deal to export gas to Turkey for another ten years
12:19 GMT

Algeria will export gas to Turkey for another ten years, El Moudjahid has reported.

December 24, 2012

A new light of female Arab cinema.
07:55 GMT

The Oran Arab Film Festival has given the award for best feature film to Hala Lutfi's 'Khoroug Lel Nahar'.

December 20, 2012

Countries in the Maghreb area of North Africa are set for closer cooperation
11:55 GMT

The European Union has adopted a report which calls for greater cooperation and deeper regional ties between countries in the Maghreb.