The International Judo Federation (IJF) has imposed 10-year bans on an Algerian player and his coach because they pulled out of the Olympics in order to avoid a bout with an Israeli.
The IJF said Fethi Nourine and Amar Benikhlef had used the Tokyo Games as a platform for protest and the promotion of propaganda.
The Algerian player said his support for the Palestinian cause had made it impossible for him to compete.
Algeria arrests dozens of separatists
Algeria authorities have arrested 27 suspected members of a separatist group that has been declared a "terrorist" organisation.
Police accuse them of being part of the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylie (MAK) that is seeking independence for the Kabylie region.
The group was declared a terrorist organisation after last month's wildfires that killed 65 people.
The 27 were arrested on Monday, days after clashes between protesters and police in Kherrata town.
Police say officers were injured during the incident.
The suspects have been accused of attempting "to sow terror and strife among citizens by order of parties abroad".
Tunisia’s ex-presidential candidate charged in Algeria
Former Tunisian presidential
candidate Nabil Karoui has been charged with entering Algeria illegally and
sent to jail while awaiting trial.
A court in the province of
Constantine, in the east of Algeria, ordered that Mr Karoui and his brother, Ghazi, who is
an MP, be imprisoned pending prosecution, local media
Mr Karoui, the leader of the
second largest party in Tunisia, had been arrested last month together with four others, including his brother, in the border city of Tebessa, where they were
hosted by a local.
In 2019, Mr Karoui was jailed in Tunisia for six months while running his presidential campaign. He was released but is
still under investigation for money laundering and tax evasion.
The wealthy businessman who
owns of Nesma TV channel denies any wrongdoing.
The Tunisian authorities are
believed to have requested his extradition from Algeria.
Algeria has announced it
will not renew a gas-supply agreement with Morocco days after severing
diplomatic relations with its North African neighbour.
Rabat is currently taking 900,000 cubic metres per year of Algerian natural gas from the Maghreb-Europe pipeline, which runs from Algeria to Spain and Portugal through Moroccan territories.
The contract with Morocco
expires in October.
In a meeting with the Spanish
ambassador, Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab said Spain's gas would be provided in future via an alternative pipeline called Medgaz, which connects from Beni Saf in Algeria to Almeria in Spain without going
It has capacity of eight billion cubic metres a year, which can be
increased, according to Mr Arkab.
On Tuesday, Algeria cut ties with Morocco, accusing Rabat of "hostile
actions" for backing Tizi Ouzou separatists.
Morocco has dismissed the accusations as "absurd".
Morocco rejects Algeria's reasons for severing ties
Morocco has rejected reasons put forward by Algeria in its decision to sever diplomatic relations with its North
Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra announced his country’s decision on Tuesday to cut all ties with Morocco for "hostile acts".
Algiers accused its neighbour of providing support to members of the MAK separatist movement, which is fighting for self-determination in the Kabylie region of Algeria.
MAK is believed to have started forest fires in Algeria, and is also accused of involvement in the killing of a man mistaken for an arsonist.
In response, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "Morocco rejects this
unjustified decision. The pretext is fallacious and absurd.
"The Moroccan kingdom will
however remain a credible and loyal to the Algerian people and will continue to
act with wisdom."
The Algerian foreign ministry
had previously summoned the Moroccan ambassador over remarks the Moroccan envoy
to the UN had made backing the separatist movement in Algeria.
Rabat has not provided a
response to Algiers questions. This is believed to have exacerbated the row
between the two countries and led to Algeria severing all ties.
Morocco has also been accused
of using Israeli technology to spy on journalists and foreign officials, including Algerian military and political leaders. The Moroccan government denies this.
fractious relations between Algeria and Morocco over Western Sahara has worsened recently with Rabat re-establishing diplomatic relations with Israel.
Algeria cuts ties with Morocco over 'hostile acts'
has severed all ties with Morocco, accusing its North African neighbour of
comes a week after Algeria accused Morocco of complicity in starting recent
forest fires that ravaged coastal regions.
have decided to sever diplomatic relations with Morocco staring from today,” Algeria’s Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said at a press conference.
Moroccan kingdom has never stopped its hostile actions against Algeria."
has also been upset by recent accusations that Morocco used Israeli technology
to spy on journalists and political leaders, including high-ranking Algerian
political and military officials. These allegations have been denied by Rabat.
Algeria has decided to review
its relations with Morocco, accusing its neighbour of hostile acts.
It follows an
investigation into the killing of man falsely accused of starting wildfires.
"The repeated hostile acts
committed by Morocco against Algeria require a review of our relations and the
intensification of border controls," the Algerian president’s office said in a
The decision was made in a meeting of the High Security Council assessing the damage caused by huge wildfires that hit the country.
The authorities have concluded the majority were "criminal acts".
They accuse Morocco of "backing" a separatist group suspected of being involved in criminal activity
in the Kabylie region, including the killing of a man falsely accused of
starting forest fires.
The Algerian police
investigating the killing of Djamel Bensmail by a mob in the province of Tizi
Ouzou have released a video of suspects confessing to the crime and to being
members of the MAK separatist group.
Algerian authorities say they have established with "scientific and technical" evidence that separatists were
involved in the killing of a man falsely accused of starting forest fires in the
province of Tizi Ouzou.
Videos released by the police
show suspects confessing to beating up and burning to death Djamel Bensmail, who had travelled 123 miles (197km) from his province of Ain Defla to help battle wildfires.
Some suspects also confessed
to being members of the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylie (MAK) which seeks to split the Berber-speaking region from the rest of Algeria.
More than 90 people including
33 soldiers have perished in wildfires that have hit northern Algeria - mainly the provinces of Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia.