Algeria

Belief

Marseille's plans for a Grand Mosque stall

The city of Marseille, France’s second biggest, is home to the country’s largest Muslim population. About one in four of its residents are Muslims. Yet you’d be hard pressed to find a single proper mosque in town.

Arts

Algeria's contemporary artists strive to make their own space

In the white-washed buildings of Algiers, a creative community is flourishing — no thanks to the government. Algerian authorities spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote culture, but keep a tight rein on what kind of culture is supported. Despite this, the country has seen a slow emergence of an independent contemporary art scene.

Global Scan

Spain may finally get to see a finished version of Gaudí's famous church — in Finland

Barcelona's famed Sagrada Familia church is still being built after more than a century. Now, impatient Finnish students plan to finish their own scaled-down version, imagined in this photo — out of ice. We also spotlight new relevations about Blackwater Security's lawless tactics during the Iraq War and wonder if Scotland's national dish is headed for the US, in today's Global Scan.

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Lifestyle & Belief

Geo answer

Algeria goes up against the US in its next World Cup match tomorrow in Pretoria, South Africa?and it's the answer to our Geo Quiz. It's a big deal for prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Anchor Marco Werman finds out why from reporter Alexandra Gutierrez.

Arts, Culture & Media

Sarazino

Algerian-born musician Lamine Fellah is the son of a diplomat. Lemine Fellah now lives in Ecuador where he fronts the band Sarazino. Marco Werman talks with him.

Arts, Culture & Media

Rachid Taha

Algerian singer Rachid Taha says his latest CD was the result of a midlife crisis. He has been influenced by Johnny Cash and says his dream is to duet with Dolly Parton. From PRI's The World.

Arts, Culture & Media

Second largest country in Africa

Our Geo Quiz takes us to North Africa: We're looking for the largest country on the shores of the Mediterranean. This country is also the second largest in Africa. A cathedral in the capital is seen as a symbol of religious tolerance in Algeria.