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MOSCOW – A Russian-manned cargo ship that vanished last month in the Atlantic was found Friday near Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa, according to French and Russian officials.
The Arctic Sea — carrying a load of timber and 15 Russian sailors — disappeared after passing through the English Channel on July 28. The Maltese-flagged freighter sent radio messages as it sailed along the coasts of France and Portugal, but then all contact was lost.MOSCOW – A Russian-manned cargo ship that vanished last month in the Atlantic... more
Russian navy ships are hunting in the Atlantic for a 4,000-tonne cargo ship that vanished more than two weeks ago, triggering an international mystery.
Observers have suggested the ship was hijacked, possibly because of a Russian commercial dispute.
There were reports that the ship may have been spotted subsequently by a Portuguese coastal patrol aircraft, but a navy spokesman in Portugal said it had not passed through Portuguese waters.
Russian navy chief Adm Vladimir Vysotsky said there were five Russian warships and other vessels searching in the Atlantic.
"We have no concrete data on the location of the vessel as of the moment," he told Russian news agency Itar-Tass.Russian navy ships are hunting in the Atlantic for a 4,000-tonne cargo ship that... more
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The mystery surrounding a missing merchant ship deepened Thursday with the vessel's operator suggesting piracy and maritime experts suspecting foul play or even a secret cargo.
The Kremlin ordered Russian warships to join the hunt for the 4,000-tonne, 98-meter bulk carrier Arctic Sea, whose fate has baffled maritime authorities across Europe and North Africa.
Mikhail Boytenko, editor of Russia's respected Sovfracht maritime journal, said that the ship may have been carrying a secret cargo unknown to the vessel's owners or operators.
"I think there was probably some sort of secret cargo on this vessel, not criminal but secret, and a third party of some sort did not want the cargo to get to another party so this highly sophisticated operation was cooked up," he told Reuters.
"I don't think that it was pirates who took this vessel but it really smells of some sort of state involvement. This is real cloak and dagger stuff, like a (John) le Carre novel."MOSCOW (Reuters) – The mystery surrounding a missing merchant ship deepened... more
Russia's navy has been deployed to find a ship reportedly hijacked three weeks ago in the Baltic Sea.
It has a 15-strong Russian crew and was reportedly taking timber worth $1.5m (£900,000) from Finland to Algeria when it was boarded by gunmen on 24 July.
Maltese authorities have said it has not passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, suggesting the vessel remains in the Atlantic.Russia's navy has been deployed to find a ship reportedly hijacked three weeks... more
LONDON – First the ship reported it had been attacked in waters off Sweden. Then it sailed with no apparent problems through one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. And then it disappeared.
The Arctic Sea, a Maltese-flagged cargo ship, was supposed to make port in Algeria with its cargo of timber on Aug. 4. More than a week later, there's no sign of the ship or its Russian crew.LONDON – First the ship reported it had been attacked in waters off Sweden. Then... more
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third five-year term as president of Algeria in an election marred by six terror attacks that left one policeman dead, the interior minister said Friday.
Bouteflika won 90.24 percent of the vote, with more than 74 percent of Algerians casting ballots, Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said.
The 72-year-old Bouteflika had been widely expected to easily win Thursday's election in this North African country, which faces sluggish economic growth despite its massive reserves of oil and gas.
The six bombings were carried out by terrorists aiming to disrupt the election, Zerhouni said. No further details were immediately available.
Bouteflika has vowed to continue his policy of national reconciliation and reconstruction following an insurgency that has left up to 200,000 people dead since 1992.
The landslide came amid calls for an election boycott by the opposition, which suspected massive fraud.
Bouteflika faced five relatively unknown challengers. National radio reported late Thursday that the president's supporters were crowding streets in some towns to rejoice, and fireworks echoed through Algiers.
In power since 1999, Bouteflika is credited with largely pacifying the country . But he is blamed for not doing enough to spread Algeria's natural riches among the people.
Bouteflika received quick congratulations from France, its former colonial ruler.
4/10 9:10 AM ET - ClipsFC - WandaALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third five-year... more
A Former CIA Chief, Andrew Warren, is accused of drugging and raping Muslim women in Algeria and making secret videos of his acts.A Former CIA Chief, Andrew Warren, is accused of drugging and raping Muslim women in... more
A federal judge ordered that five Guantanamo Bay detainees must be released for lack of evidence that they were "enemy combatants." One detainee who brought his case to court will remain. The men are Algerians who were living in Bosnia when they were arrested in 2002.A federal judge ordered that five Guantanamo Bay detainees must be released for lack... more
A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it.
Watch "The battle of Algiers" at your favorite Classic TV Channel: http://xbb.tv/v2/hi/watch/Premium/Streaming/algiers1/index.htmA film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from... more
An internal UN report assigns blame to at least seven UN officials for one of the organization's greatest security breakdowns ever - the Dec. 11 bombing of UN headquarters in Algeria - in which 17 UN staff died.An internal UN report assigns blame to at least seven UN officials for one of the... more
After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the 1950s to achieve independence in 1962. Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), has dominated politics ever since. Many Algerians in the subsequent generation were not satisfied, however, and moved to counter the FLN's centrality in Algerian politics.
The surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 balloting spurred the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets.
The government later allowed elections featuring pro-government and moderate religious-based parties, but did not appease the activists who progressively widened their attacks. The fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense fighting between 1992-98 and which resulted in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists.
The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000. However, small numbers of armed militants persist in confronting government forces and conducting ambushes and occasional attacks on villages.
The army placed Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the presidency in 1999 in a fraudulent election but claimed neutrality in his 2004 landslide reelection victory. Longstanding problems continue to face Bouteflika in his second term, including the ethnic minority Berbers' ongoing autonomy campaign, large-scale unemployment, a shortage of housing, unreliable electrical and water supplies, government inefficiencies and corruption, and the continuing - although significantly degraded - activities of extremist militants. Algeria must also diversify its petroleum-based economy, which has yielded a large cash reserve but which has not been used to redress Algeria's many social and infrastructure problems.
After more than a century of rule by France, Algerians fought through much of the... more
Desert Rebel is a group constituted of Sahara Desert nomads - the Touaregs - mostly from Niger and Mali but also Algeria. This is what happens when you make electric guitars, amplifiers, microphones, and speakers available to this proud and strong people! Enjoy!Desert Rebel is a group constituted of Sahara Desert nomads - the Touaregs - mostly... more
Algerian-born rocker Rachid Taha plays an unique blend of alternative rock and Algerian raï that reflects his experiences as a first generation immigrant in Paris. This homage to punk icons The Clash is from his 2005 album Tékitoi.Algerian-born rocker Rachid Taha plays an unique blend of alternative rock and... more
An Algerian military school has been attacked by a suicide bomber, leaving 43 dead and another 38 injured.
The apparent terrorist attack also damaged buildings and vehicles, however no group has yet claimed responsibility.An Algerian military school has been attacked by a suicide bomber, leaving 43 dead and... more
Eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in northern Algeria, the country's national radio is reporting.
Another 19 people were injured in the blast, which happened overnight in the northern city of Zemmouri, about 50km (31 miles) east of the capital Algiers.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The seaside city is a popular holiday destination, particularly during the hot summer months.
Explosives packed into a vehicle detonated outside a police station in the city, reports said.
The attack came a week after more than 20 people were injured when a police station in Tizi Ouzou, another northern city, was targeted by a suicide car bomber.
Al-Qaeda's North Africa wing claimed responsibility for that attack. Eight people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in northern Algeria, the... more