Algeria: Sheikh Bouâmrane warns from the new French McCarthyism

High Islamic Council’s head Sheikh Bouâmrane warned in his statement to El Khabar from the new McCarthyism conflicting with Human Rights principles and the international law.
Sheikh Bouâmrane’s warning comes by way of comment on the dismissal of Muslim workers from Paris Airport for “purely security” motives as stated by French Home Affairs Minister Nicola Sarkozy. But in the High Islamic Council’s head’s opinion “the issue has an obvious political aspect”.

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The AP kidnapped photographer is free

Palestinian gunmen kidnapped a photographer working for the Associated Press news agency in Gaza on Tuesday, keeping him captive more than 12 hours before pressure from Palestinian officials secured his release.
Spaniard Emilio Morenatti, 37, was grabbed by four gunmen as he headed out of his apartment to an AP car on Tuesday morning. He was put in another vehicle and driven away, the AP said.

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A second earthquake of 5.2 hits Istanbul this week

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit northwestern Turkey on Tuesday and was felt in Istanbul, just days after another quake of the same size in the area, Turkey's earthquake monitoring centre said.
CNN Turk quoted local officials saying the earthquake had caused no deaths or damage and they had no reports of injuries.

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'Days of Glory' brings justice to 80,000 surviving ex-colonial soldiers

Algerian-descended film director Rachid Bouchareb's powerful new war film, 'Days of Glory' which tells the little known story of the 300,000 Arab and north African troops who helped liberate France and Italy during World War II, has helped shame the French authorities into belatedly paying full pensions to the 80,000 surviving ex-colonial soldiers, repairing a half century of injustice. These men have since 1959 received a fraction of what French military veterans receive.

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Gillo Pontecorvo director of 'BATTLE OF ALGIERS' dies

Gillo Pontecorvo, one of Italy's leading filmmakers renowned for 'The Battle of Algiers', a realistic representation of Algeria's independence war against France, died on Thursday night. He was 86. The Battle of Algiers, which Pontecorvo wrote with Franco Solinas and directed in 1966, won the Venice film festival that year and was nominated for three Oscars - best director, screenplay and foreign film. The documentary-style movie showed the plight of Algerians during the 1954-62 war, denouncing the bombings and torture of civilians by the French military. It was banned in France until 1972 and in Britain until 1969.

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Kofi Annan calls Morocco and Polisario to dialogue to try to find a Peace solution

Morocco and the Frente Polisario should drop any preconditions and begin negotiations to try to find a lasting solution to their long-standing conflict in Western Sahara, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said, calling in a report for a six-month extension of the UN peacekeeping mission in the disputed territory.

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