Raouf Farrah is shown in this undated handout photo. A Canadian researcher whose conviction on criminal charges in Algeria was criticized by human rights groups has been released from prison after an appeals court reduced his sentence.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Farrah family

Canadian jailed in Algeria released after appeal reduces sentence

Raouf Farrah still hoping to get conviction for publishing secret information overturned


The lawyer for a a Canadian researcher detained in Algeria since February says his client has been sentenced to two years in prison. Raouf Farrah, who was born in Algeria but came to Canada as a teenager, is scheduled to stand trial Aug. 8 in the city of Constantine. Farrah appears in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Farrah family *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Algeria jails Canadian researcher for ‘publishing secret information’

Raouf Farrah works for an international anti-crime non-governmental organization


FILE - Ryan Gosling, left, and Margot Robbie pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Barbie’ on July 12, 2023, in London. “Barbie” is set to open across the Middle East on Thursday, Aug. 10, but moves by Kuwait and Lebanon to ban the film — apparently over it’s alleged LGBTQ themes — has raised questions over how widely it will be released. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP, File)

Algeria bans ‘Barbie’ almost a month after movie’s local release

No official reason issued for the reported directive or provided a rationale for it