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March 17, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Unrest continued throughout the Arab world Wednesday as protesters calling for government reform were met with harsh tactics in Yemen, Algeria and Syria. In Yemen, hundreds of protesters suffered injuries when pro-government thugs attacked them with sticks, knives and guns, witnesses said. The violence occurred in the western port city of Hudaydah when 4,000 demonstrators calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh were met by thousands of armed government supporters.
February 23, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
In a major concession to Algeria's opposition groups, the government on Tuesday adopted a measure that would lift a 19-year state of emergency that has constrained civil liberties and human rights in the North African oil exporter. A draft ordinance approved by the Cabinet would repeal the emergency law as soon as it is published in the government's official journal, the official Algerie Presse Service reported. An opposition leader last week said he had been assured that the state of emergency would be lifted by the end of February.
January 8, 2011 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Protests and strikes driven by unemployment and high food prices continued to sweep across the tightly controlled North African nation of Tunisia on Friday amid police attempts to clamp down on the unrest. Reports also trickled out about similar unrest in neighboring Algeria, where rioting youths this week burned shops in the capital and clashed with police in several cities. At the root of the unrest in Tunisia is discontent with the autocratic government's management of the economy.
July 10, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
It was sweet to be an American on that hot afternoon beneath the palms. For the 90 minutes when the U.S. soccer team recently played Algeria in the World Cup, two Americans in a Cairo cafe received thumbs up and smiles. Not because they were particularly endearing, but at that moment their team was on its way to defeating Egypt's archrival, a nemesis whose mention draws clenched teeth and bitterness. Algeria had months earlier knocked Egypt out during the World Cup qualifiers, so it was only natural that the Egyptians, who on most days aren't enamored with the U.S., would cheer for an American victory in South Africa.
July 2, 2010 | By Laura Myers
Landon Donovan is tired. While his Galaxy teammates had a three-week break, Donovan was scoring three goals for the U.S. national team at the World Cup. Then, while the rest of that team returned home, Donovan stopped in New York City to make five television appearances in two days. Now, the Galaxy's star forward has little time to prepare for Sunday's home game against Seattle, in which he hopes to play despite a strained hamstring and barely any practice after returning to Los Angeles on Thursday.
June 24, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Irene, South Africa — Landon Donovan got the goal. Jozy Altidore got the cuts and bruises. On Thursday, the day after the most memorable victory in recent U.S. soccer history, both players were holding court near the American team's rural base in Irene. For obvious reasons, the larger media crowd was gathered around three-time World Cup veteran Donovan. The argument could easily be made, however, that Altidore was just as responsible for beating Algeria.
June 23, 2010 | From Los Angeles Times wire services
Gen. Marcel Bigeard, a decorated veteran who led France's elite parachute forces in colonial wars in independence-seeking Indochina and Algeria after serving in the French Resistance in World War II, died Friday in his hometown of Toul in eastern France. He was 94. Born Feb. 14, 1916, Bigeard was taken into German captivity during World War II as a warrant officer in the 23rd Fortress Infantry Regiment in June 1940. He escaped Nov. 11, 1942, made his way to Senegal, in what was then French West Africa, and was commissioned into Gen. Charles de Gaulle's Free French Forces.
June 22, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Group C: UNITED STATES VS. ALGERIA Where: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria. Time: 7 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision. Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5 and KDLD-FM 103.1. The buzz: When the U.S. was knocked out of Germany '06, it was an African team, Ghana, that did the damage. Algeria will try to duplicate the feat, but Algeria is a few rungs lower on the FIFA rankings than Ghana was four years ago. Even so, the game appears to be a tossup.
June 22, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa — It took England barely four minutes to pierce the U.S. defense before the back line stiffened. It took Slovenia all of 13 minutes to find a way through the U.S. rear guard before American resolve came to the fore. So, after salvaging a 1-1 tie in its first match and a 2-2 tie in its second, what sort of performance is U.S. Coach Bob Bradley's team going to produce Wednesday, when Algeria is the opponent in Pretoria? Will it be another slow start, or have the lessons of the World Cup been learned?
June 21, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
What will you do, America, if your team implodes Wednesday? What will you do, America, if Algeria runs the U.S. not only out of Pretoria but all the way out of the World Cup? Will you care? Will you cry? Or will you simply shrug and say, "That's soccer," and move along to something else? Your reaction matters. It matters to all 23 players who will be on the field and on the bench Wednesday afternoon at 107-year-old Loftus Versfeld Stadium. It matters to the coaches who have spent four years trying to build this team.
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