Algeria Press Service

Algeria Press Service (APS; French: Algérie Presse Service; Arabic: وكالـة الأنبــاء الجزائريـة‎; Berber languages: ⵜⴰⵡⴰⴽⵍⴰ ⵉⵙⴰⵍⵏ ⵏ ⵍⵣⴰⵢⵔ) is a news agency based in Algeria. Its first hand-typed news with the national flag's colours was then taken up by all the foreign media of the time.

Algeria Press Service
Établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial (EPIC)
IndustryNews agency
FoundedDecember 1, 1961 in Tunis, Tunisia
HeadquartersBouadou Brothers Avenue, Bir Mourad Rais, ,
Area served
OwnerGovernment of Algeria
Number of employees
DivisionsSee complete list
Algeria Press Service
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Current statusAvailable
Algeria Press Service
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LatinTawakla n Isallen n Dzayer
FrenchAlgérie Presse Service


Algeria Press Service was created on December 1, 1961[1] in Tunis, in the wake of the Algerian War of Independence to be the flagship of the Algerian Revolution and the nation's standard-bearer on the global media scene. As a strong supporter of the November 1954 Revolution, APS settled soon after the cease-fire at the historic Casbah of Algiers, the centre of the resistance during the war. The agency was preparing for the post-war period, i.e. reconstruction of the country, and consolidation of national sovereignty.

Following independence, APS headquarters temporarily settled in a maisonette at Krim Belkacem Boulevard in Algiers, improving its editorial office. They began establishing their network throughout the country and acquiring their first technical equipment. With it, the agency began operating as a public service broadcasting network. In the meantime, it started training journalists, technicians and operators.

On April 1, 1963, the agency, which moved to a building at Che Guevara Boulevard where it stayed for over thirty years, began telegraphic news broadcasting. It got connected with other world news agencies. It also extended its network of regional bureaus and invested in its representations abroad. Its expanding photography service at the time enabled APS to distribute images of Algeria's broad reconstruction process, using the Belino System.

On November 19, 1985, APS became an Établissement public à caractère économique et à vocation socio-culturelle.[2] Transformed on April 20, 1991 into an Établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial (EPIC).[3] In January 1993, the agency moved to its new headquarters in Kouba. It became involved in new technologies on January 1, 1994, when it launched its first computerised editorial office. On April 25, 1995, it started delivering its news automatically.

On February 18, 1998, APS inaugurated its official website, having been hosted the previous year by the Research Center in Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST). On July 5, 1998, both of the agency's pages in Arabic and the agency's online product, APS Online, were launched. This marked the starting-point of a new stage that would position the agency among the world leaders of news and communication. In November of the same year, it launched its broadcast via satellite, which would help the agency diversify its service range.

Starting January 1, 2009, APS covers all the Algerian territory.


Regional directorates

At the regional level, the news is collected by a network of correspondents gathered around 4 regional directorates and covering all of the country:

Regional directorate Based in Affiliated cities
Central Regional Management Blida Tipaza, Boumerdès, Tizi Ouzou, Béjaïa, Bouira, Djelfa, Aïn Defla and Médéa
Eastern Regional Directorate Constantine Batna, Annaba, Skikda, Jijel, Oum El Bouaghi, Tébessa, Souk Ahras, El Taref, Mila, Khenchela, Biskra, Guelma, Sétif, M'Sila and Bordj Bou Arréridj
Western Regional Directorate Oran Tlemcen, Saïda, Sidi Bel Abbès, Mostaganem, Tiaret, Tissemsilt, Aïn Témouchent, Relizane, Mascara and Chlef
Southern Regional Directorate Ouargla Adrar, Tamanrasset, Illizi, Tindouf, Naâma, Laghouat, Béchar, Ghardaïa, El Oued and El Bayadh
Overseas Algiers Washington, Moscow, Paris, London, Brussels, Rome,
Madrid, Cairo, Rabat, Tunis, Amman and Dakar


  1. ^ "Country profile - Algeria". Journalism Network. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ It means: "Public Institution with Economic missions, endowed with Social and Cultural dimensions".
  3. ^ It means "Public Company with Economic and Commercial aspect".

External links

2014 Algerian presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Algeria on 17 April 2014. Incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected with 82% of the vote. Issues in the campaign included a desire for domestic stability after the bloody civil war of the 1990s, the state of the economy (30% unemployment), the frail health of the 15 year incumbent and 77-year-old president whose speech was "slurred and inaudible" in his only public outing during the campaign, and the less-than-wholehearted support given the president by normally united and discrete ruling class.

2016 Arab Junior Athletics Championships

The 2016 Arab Junior Athletics Championships was the seventeenth edition of the international athletics competition for under-20 athletes from Arab countries. It took place between 5–8 May at the Lalla-Setti Athletics Stadium in Tlemcen, Algeria. It was the first time that Algeria hosted the event. A total of 44 athletics events were contested, 22 for men and 22 for women.

Around 800 athletes from 20 countries were expected to appear at the competition, though only 232 athletes from 15 nations ultimately did so.Bahrain took the most gold medals with 16 while Tunisia won the next highest with 9. The host nation Algeria took the most medals with a total of 39, seven of them gold.

2017 in Algeria

Events in the year 2017 in Algeria.

2021 Mediterranean Games

The XIXth Mediterranean Games, commonly known as the 2021 Mediterranean Games (Arabic: ألعاب البحر الأبيض المتوسط 2021‎), will be the 19th Mediterranean Games. The Games will be held in Oran, Algeria in 2021. Oran is the second city in Algeria to host the Mediterranean Games after Algiers which hosted the 1975 Mediterranean Games.

Abdelkader Taleb Omar

Abdelkader Taleb Omar (Arabic: عبد القادر طالب عمر‎, ʿAbd āl-Qādar Ṭāleb ʿOmar; b. 1951) was the Prime Minister of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), in the framework of the government-in-exile proclaimed by the Polisario Front.

Agenzia Fides

Agenzia Fides is the news agency of the Vatican. It is based in the Palazzo de Propaganda Fide in Vatican City. It is part of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. It was formed on June 5, 1927, as the first missionary news agency of the Roman Catholic Church and was approved by Pope Pius XI.

Algeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Algeria competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Since the nation's debut in 1964, Algerian athletes had appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, but did not attend the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, because of the African boycott.

The Algerian Olympic Committee fielded a team of 64 athletes, 53 men and 11 women, across thirteen sports at the Games. It was the nation's largest ever delegation sent to the Olympics, breaking the record of 61 athletes, who attended the London Games four years earlier. Men's football was the only team-based sport in which Algeria had representatives at the Games, returning to the Olympic scene for the first time since 1980. Among the individual-based sports represented by the nation's athletes, Algeria marked its Olympic debut in sailing.

The Algerian team featured twelve returning Olympians, with 37-year-old marathon runner Souad Aït Salem having participated in four Olympic Games as the oldest and most experienced member. Foil fencer Anissa Khelfaoui, along with boxers Abdelhafid Benchabla and Abdelkader Chadi, was among the Algerian athletes headed to their third Olympics, while eight others previously competed in London, including defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi in middle-distance running, former French fencer Victor Sintès, and heavyweight judoka Sonia Asselah, who was selected by the committee to carry the Algerian flag at the opening ceremony, the first by a female in Summer Olympic history.Algeria left Rio de Janeiro with only two silver medals, won by Makhloufi in both the men's 800 and 1500 metres.

Algerian Rugby Federation

The Algerian Rugby Federation (FAR) is the governing body for rugby union in Algeria. Algeria became a full member of Rugby Africa in December 2016. The federation is responsible for the Algerian national team and the Algerian Rugby Championship. It is in charge of promoting the sport in Algeria, organizing international matches for the national team, as well as is involved in educating and training players and officials. Algeria have never participated in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers. Their best result to date is 50-0 wins against Egypt and Libya, both in a Cairo international tournament in 2010.

Algeria–Malaysia relations

Algeria–Malaysia relations (Arabic: العلاقات الجزائرية الماليزية‎ alealaqat aljazayiriat almalizia; French: Relations entre l'Algérie et la Malaisie; Malay: Hubungan Algeria–Malaysia; Jawi: هوبوڠن الجزائر–مليسيا) refers to bilateral foreign relations between Algeria and Malaysia. Algeria has an embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia has an embassy in Algiers.

Algeria–Palestine relations

Algeria–Palestine relations refers to the current and historical relations between Algeria and Palestine. The alliance between the two countries has remained both strong and enduring to this day. Today Algeria is a strong supporter of the Middle East peace process but it has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

Algeria–Spain relations

Algeria–Spain relations are foreign relations between Algeria and Spain. Algeria has an embassy in Madrid. Spain has an embassy in Algiers and a consulate-general in Oran. Both countries are full members of the Union for the Mediterranean.

As much as the difficult relationship between Spain and Morocco, however, Spain and Algeria enjoy a larger and friendlier level of relationship due to sharing historical commons, historical conflicts with Morocco and as being two Mediterranean countries.

Arab Junior Athletics Championships

The Arab Junior Athletics Championships is an biennial international athletics competition between athletes under the age of 20 (juniors) from Arabic countries. It is organised by the Arab Athletic Association.

If was first held in 1984 – seven years after the inauguration of the senior Arab Athletics Championships. An Arab Youth Athletics Championships was launched twenty years after the junior competition.

Demographics of Algeria

This article is about the demographic features of the population of Algeria, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Ninety-one percent of the Algerian population lives along the Mediterranean coast on 12% of the country's total land mass. Forty-five percent of the population is urban, and urbanization continues, despite government efforts to discourage migration to the cities. Currently, 24,182,736 Algerians live in urban areas, and about 1.5 millions nomads live in the Saharan area.

98% of the population follows Sunni Islam; the few non-Sunni Muslims are mainly Ibadis from the Mozabite valley at 1.3% and Shia Muslims (see Islam in Algeria).

Christianity in Algeria constitutes about 1% of the total population. While significantly greater during the French colonial years, a mostly foreign Roman Catholic community still exists, as do some Protestants. The Jewish community of Algeria, which once constituted 2% of the total population, has substantially decreased due to emigration, mostly to France and Israel.

Algeria's educational system has grown rapidly since 1962; in the last 12 years, attendance has doubled to more than 5 million students. Education is free and compulsory to age 16. Despite government allocation of substantial educational resources, population pressures and a serious shortage of teachers have severely strained the system, as have terrorist attacks against the educational infrastructure during the 1990s. Modest numbers of Algerian students study abroad, primarily in France and French-speaking Canada. In 2000, the government launched a major review of the country's educational system.

Housing and medicine continue to be pressing problems in Algeria. Failing infrastructure and the continued influx of people from rural to urban areas has overtaxed both systems. According to the UNDP, Algeria has one of the world's highest per housing unit occupancy rates for housing, and government officials have publicly stated that the country has an immediate shortfall of 1.5 million housing units.

Fatima Sekouane

Fatima Sekouane (born 21 May 1983) is an Algerian women's international footballer who plays as a defender. She is a member of the Algeria women's national football team. She was part of the team at the 2014 African Women's Championship as the team captain. On club level she played for Affak Relizane in Algeria.

Gendarmerie Nationale (Algeria)

The Gendarmerie Nationale (Arabic: الدرك الوطني), is the national rural police force of Algeria. As part of the Algerian Armed Forces is commanded by a major general who reports directly to the Minister of National Defense. In 2007 the gendarmerie consists of 60,000. Although generally regarded as a versatile and competent paramilitary force, the gendarmerie has been severely tested in dealing with civil disorder since 1988. It frequently has lacked sufficient manpower at the scene of disorder and its units have been inadequately trained and equipped for riot control. The gendarmerie, however, has demonstrated the ability to root out terrorist groups operating from mountain hideouts.The current commander is General Ghali Belkcir, succeding Major-General Menad Nouba who himself had succeded Major-General Ahmed Boustila.

Khatri Addouh

Khatri Addouh (born 1954) is a former Sahrawi President and the current president of the Sahrawi National Council. He was appointed as the Acting President and the Secretary General of the Polisario Front upon the death of his long time aide President Mohamed Abedlaziz on 31 May 2016.

Moufdi Zakaria

Moufdi Zakaria (born Zekri Cheikh; 12 June 1908 – 17 August 1977) was an Algerian activist, poet and writer. He wrote "Kassaman", the Algerian national anthem while in prison in 1955.

News agency

A news agency is an organization that gathers news reports and sells them to subscribing news organizations, such as newspapers, magazines and radio and television broadcasters. A news agency may also be referred to as a wire service, newswire, or news service.

Although there are many news agencies around the world, three global news agencies, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, have offices in most countries of the world and cover all areas of information. All three began with and continue to operate on a basic philosophy of providing a single objective news feed to all subscribers; they do not provide separate feeds for conservative or liberal newspapers. Jonathan Fenby explains the philosophy:

To achieve such wide acceptability, the agencies avoid overt partiality. Demonstrably correct information is their stock in trade. Traditionally, they report at a reduced level of responsibility, attributing their information to a spokesman, the press, or other sources. They avoid making judgments and steer clear of doubt and ambiguity. Though their founders did not use the word, objectivity is the philosophical basis for their enterprises – or failing that, widely acceptable neutrality.

Sport in Algeria

Sport in Algeria dates back to antiquity. In the Aurès Mountains, people played games such as El Kherdba or El khergueba (a chess variant). Playing cards, checkers and chess games are part of Algerian culture. Horse racing (fantasia) and rifle shooting are among the recreational traditions of Algeria.The first Algerian, Arab and African gold medalist was Boughera El Ouafi in the marathon at the 1928 Olympics of Amsterdam. The second Algerian medalist was marathon runner Alain Mimoun, who won the marathon at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports in Algeria manages sport-related activities.

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