The French President, Francois Hollande, is in Algeria. He did not apologize directly for France's brutal colonial rule over the North African country. But Hollande did acknowledge Algerian suffering under his country's rule.
A UK oil and gas watchdog has accused the British government of putting its own economic stability and energy needs ahead of Algeria's human rights record. Britain says Algeria has made progress on civil liberties
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will run for a fourth term in April's election, according to the country's prime minister. Bouteflika has been in power for 15 years and suffered a mini-stroke last year.
President Barack Obama has hailed the "enduring alliance" between the US and France during a state visit by Francois Hollande. The two presidents are going all out to show they are allies with common causes.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has met privately with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and delivered a speech in Berlin. He struck a nostalgic tone but would not be drawn on his rumored presidential ambitions.
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