Algeria announced on Aug. 17 it was slashing taxes on tourism projects to persuade investors that the country, emerging from years of violence, could become a hot new holiday destination. Algeria has thousands of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline a short flight from Europe and vast tracts of Saharan desert wilderness – yet only a trickle of foreign tourists. Attacks by Islamist militants, though dramatically reduced in the past few years, have kept many visitors away, along with a lack of investment that has left oil-producing Algeria with a shortage of high-quality restaurants, resorts and hotels. (Reuters)

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