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September 1, 1995 | Associated Press
A bomb-laden car exploded Thursday in a crowded square outside Algeria's police headquarters when a police officer fired at it, state-run radio reported. The blast killed nine people, including three commandos in the car. More than 100 people were injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion fell on Islamic extremists engaged in a 3 1/2-year-old insurgency against the military-backed government.
January 18, 2013 | By Jefffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The offensive by Algerian soldiers to free hostages at a natural gas complex has refocused world attention on the dangers of a lawless desert region bristling with gunrunners, smugglers and a virulent strain of Islamic ideology. Coming days after French airstrikes on Islamist militants in neighboring Mali, the raid Thursday killed or wounded many militants and an unspecified number of Western and Algerian hostages, the Algerian government said. Officials in Algiers, the capital, said late in the evening that they had wrapped up the assault on the compound near the Algerian-Libyan border deep in the Sahara desert.
June 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The government has banned all demonstrations in the capital, Algiers, following fierce rioting last week during a massive pro-democracy demonstration. For two months, the military-backed government has been grappling with violent protests that have left at least 55 people dead. The unrest began among ethnic Berbers in the eastern Kabyle region but has spread to Algiers. Three police officers were reported killed and dozens of people hurt Monday during riots in Kabyle.
January 17, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The title character of "The Rabbi's Cat" is not your everyday cartoon fluffball. He's scrawny, apparently hairless and unapologetically disputatious. The animated world he inhabits is no kid-friendly adventure but a philosophical quarrel in the form of a frenetic road trip through 1930s Africa. Based on several volumes of the graphic novel series by Joann Sfar, the hand-drawn film is directed by Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux, who use a rich palette and a mix of visual styles ranging from blunt to dazzling.
January 11, 1991 | Reuters
The United States has urged its diplomatic missions in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco to evacuate non-essential personnel and dependants because of security risks stemming from the Persian Gulf crisis. An embasssy official in Algiers said Thursday that many of those concerned plan to leave although the recommendation was not obligatory.
May 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Islamic insurgents opened fire on a bus, killing at least 19 people after the driver refused to stop at a rebel roadblock near Algiers, residents said. About 26 other people were injured. The massacre was the worst in recent months in Algeria, which has been in the grip of an Islamic insurgency for eight years.
August 25, 1986 | From Reuters
Several hundred acres of forests have been destroyed by fires in the Kabylia mountain area east of Algiers since Thursday, the official news agency APS reported Sunday. People have been evacuated from several villages in the stricken areas, but no casualties have been reported and no homes damaged, the agency said.
August 3, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Attackers have killed more than 80 people in remote villages south of the capital in recent days, many of whom had their throats slit, witnesses and hospital sources said. The attacks coincided with a flare-up of violence in Algiers and bore the hallmarks of Islamic militants. In Sidi el Madani, about 30 miles south of the capital, 38 people were killed overnight Thursday, witnesses said.
March 23, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Belying government claims that Algeria is returning to peace, Islamic militants slit the throats of 32 civilians and then beheaded some of them, independent newspapers reported. Armed with sabers and axes, the attackers wreaked havoc Wednesday in a village near Ksar el Boukhari, about 70 miles south of Algiers, two French-language dailies reported. The newspapers said the victims, including 16 women, came from four families.
April 23, 1989 | From Reuters
More than 50 people have been arrested after violence sparked by high prices erupted at a rural market, the Algerian news agency APS reported Saturday. APS said shoppers went on a rampage, wrecking stalls, trampling produce, smashing utensils and damaging cars at the small farming town of Aflou, 200 miles southwest of Algiers. It was the first report of violence since food prices in Algeria doubled or even tripled in the last two weeks. Shoppers have boycotted meat and vegetable sellers in Algiers and other towns like Oran and Tizi Ouzou.
June 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Algeria's Defense Ministry denied reports that a weekend bombing attack at a train station killed 13 people, saying that two people had died. A statement said a French citizen and his Algerian chauffeur were killed, as reported, in the double bombing at the Beni Amrane train station, about 60 miles southeast of Algiers. An Algerian security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday, said two blasts minutes apart had killed those two plus eight soldiers and three firefighters.
December 13, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Algerian officials said Wednesday that the number of dead from a double bomb attack in Algiers had risen to 31, but that figure was disputed by a leading newspaper, which cited hospital sources as estimating that 72 people were killed. Rescue workers in the Algerian capital continued to search for survivors in heavily damaged offices of the United Nations, where 11 agency workers died in one of Tuesday's blasts.
December 12, 2007 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
Two bombs that killed at least 26 people, including 11 United Nations workers, in the Algerian capital on Tuesday were orchestrated by a resurgent Al Qaeda-linked group seeking to overthrow North African governments, Algerian authorities said. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, one of the region's most proficient militant organizations, claimed responsibility for the nearly simultaneous attacks in Algiers -- one in front of the Constitutional Council and the second at a U.N. compound.
July 12, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A suicide bomber Wednesday blew up a refrigerated truck loaded with explosives at a military encampment outside the capital, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 35, a security official said. Al Qaeda in the Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as the Africa Games opened, Al Jazeera TV network reported.
December 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two vehicles carrying employees of a Halliburton affiliate were bombed and strafed near Algiers on Sunday. An Algerian driver died, and nine people were injured. The casualties were treated at a nearby hospital and all but one were released, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The patients included an American, several Britons, a Canadian, a Lebanese and an Algerian, it said; it did not specify the nationality of the hospitalized patient.
October 14, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo, who directed the black-and-white classic "The Battle of Algiers," has died in Rome, hospital officials said Friday. He was 86. Pontecorvo died Thursday night, hospital spokesman Nicola Cerbino said. The cause of death was not given, but reports said he had suffered a heart attack months ago. Pontecorvo directed only a handful of feature movies in a career that spanned decades, earning the nickname of "lazy director."
December 10, 1998 | Associated Press
An armed band killed 45 people in a predawn attack Wednesday that was the bloodiest massacre in Algeria in months, security forces said. Separately, authorities said Wednesday that they had pulled 46 bodies from a 180-foot-deep well used as a mass grave in Meftah, 15 miles south of central Algiers. Many more victims remain in the mass grave, which could be up to 2 years old. Security forces blamed Wednesday's massacre in Tadjena, about 125 miles west of Algiers, on Muslim insurgents.
October 17, 2004 | Susan King
The Battle of Algiers Criterion Collection, $50 Starring Saadi Yacef, Brahim Haggiag Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo's seminal 1965 political drama, which has inspired filmmakers for decades, appears on DVD for the first time in a comprehensive three-disc set.
January 26, 2006 | Daniel Cariaga, Special to The Times
THE centerpiece of Opera Pacific's 20th anniversary season, Rossini's "The Italian Girl in Algiers," opened Tuesday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The 2002 Santa Fe Opera production is visually delightful, beautifully played by the Opera Pacific Orchestra and conducted masterfully by John DeMain but, with a single exception, is only adequately sung by a handsome but highly challenged cast of singers.
November 11, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
There are still refrigerators lining the curbs, waiting to be picked up, their doors taped shut to conceal festering messes. There are piles of shingles and insulation, and houses sealed with painted plywood that says "FRONT DOOR" where the front doors used to be. But every evening in Algiers -- a sprawling, working-class district of bungalows, starter homes, churches and industry across the Mississippi River from the rest of New Orleans -- a fond and familiar portrait of a living city emerges.
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