Algeria  coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned his position. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned following the Fennec Foxes’ successful World Cup campaign. The Bosnian saw Algeria into the knockout stag(...)

Iraqi elections are seen as a “democratic watershed”, though they  may lead to deepening tensions. Above, municipal workers clean up at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/ Reuters

When voters flocked to the polls throughout Afghanistan in unexpectedly large and enthusiastic numbers 10 days ago, they were doing far more th(...)

Police detain a protester in Algiers yesterday during a demonstration against Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth term. Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters

Barring a major change in the way Algerian presidential elections are run, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (77) will be elected to a fourth five(...)

Algeria’s president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drinking tea with prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal when he was being treated for a stroke in a Paris hospital on June 11th, 2013. Photograph: AFP/Getty Image

During decades of rigged elections, an Algerian blogger joked bitterly, “they made the dead vote”. Now, with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sta(...)

Soldiers guarding the graves of seven French Trappist monks, at their monastery in Tibhirine in May 1996. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The families of seven Trappist monks who were decapitated in Algeria in 1996 have appealed to French president François Hollande to fulfil his promise(...)