A twin car bomb strike rocked Algiers on Tuesday killing at least 62 people and devastating a United Nations office where staff were trapped for hours after the blasts, hospital officials said. It was the worst of a series of bombings in the capital and other major Algerian cities this year. All the past attacks were claimed by al-Qaeda.
Many Algerian employers are lobbying for a return of their country's weekends over Saturdays and Sundays, rather than Thursdays and Fridays, saying the current policy is cutting into foreign trade revenues. Algeria began observing its weekend from Thursday to Friday in 1976, in recognition of the fact that Friday is a holy day under Islam, the state religion of Algeria.
Coverage of Aids in Africa typically focuses on the dire situation in countries south of the Sahara, which are home to almost two thirds of people infected with HIV globally, according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids. But what of the countries that lie further north and along the Mediterranean? In the case of one of these nations, Algeria, concern about the pandemic is mounting.