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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Algeria
Two Filipino sisters kidnapped by Muslim extremists eight months ago escaped from their captors in the jungles of the southern Philippines and told authorities they were kept in isolation in a hut on a meager diet.
Like most taxi drivers, Sebti Boukarit doesn't have health insurance. And because he works up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, he hasn't had much time to sign up under the nation's new health care law.
Algeria's president has insisted there are no divisions in the military following articles in the media indicating problems between the powerful intelligence agency and the army chief of staff.
In Algeria, which has been run by a succession of military men for decades, presidential elections often are foregone conclusion. But not this year.
The founders of Al-Monitor set a goal to track the pulse of the Middle East, offering a direct and immediate look at the complex dynamics of the region through a combination of original reporting and analysis from two dozen partner sources in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Yemen and eight other nations.
In a Feb. 11 story about the crash that day of an Algerian military transport plane, The Associated Press erroneously identified the type of plane involved in a previous crash of an Algerian military plane in France. The plane that crashed in November 2012 was an EADS CASA C-295, not a Lockheed Martin C-130.
Algeria's Ministry of Defense says 77 people were killed and one man survived after a military transport plane crashed into a mountain in eastern Algeria.
Algeria civil defense commander says 1 survivor in military plane crash, remaining 102 dead.
A poor American tour has South Korea football fans worried about the team's prospects in this year's World Cup, even if a similarly bad tour in 2002 was followed by the nation's best-ever World Cup finish.
The landscape of Islamist terrorist groups is expanding in complex ways around the world, according to terrorism analysts who told Congress on Tuesday that while many groups have not formally aligned with al Qaeda, they share the original network's goals of killing Americans and establishing hard-line Islamic rule over various regions.
Greek league leader Olympiakos says it has completed a transfer agreement with Nottingham Forest for Algerian striker Rafik Djebbour to move to the second-division English club.
The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.
In a storyline that would be dismissed by most in Hollywood as too cynical and far-fetched, al Qaeda has recaptured Fallujah, site of the Iraq War's bloodiest battles, while President Obama has simultaneously launched a newly invigorated effort to free them and their "affiliates" from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.
The White House announced Thursday it was transferring two Guantanamo Bay inmates — one who's accused of plotting to bomb a U.S. Embassy, and the other of fighting against U.S. troops — back to Algeria, an apparent step in the direction of achieving President Obama's promise to close the detention facility.