In Algeria's civil war, now in its third inconclusive year, there are no front lines, no territorial objectives, no general rules to restrain belligerentsonly a war of repression and attrition. Result: a sentiment d'inquietude spreading through France, based on the growing realization that while the Algerian struggle is one the French cannot afford to lose, it is also probably one they cannot win.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned home Friday after a sometimes controversial nine-country tour and said he had purchased weapons from Russia. Chavez appeared on Venezuelan news channel Globovision in Caracas, and he had a message about a purchase he made in Russia
When the severed heads of seven French Trappist monks were found in a remote region of Algeria on May 30, 1996, many people around the world considered it perhaps the most gruesome act that Algerian jihadists had committed in their battle against the Algiers regime.