Protests against shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara have intensified over the past couple of weeks, despite Algiers attempting to draw a line under the issue.

On 28 February demonstrations near the oil town of In Salah – site of recent, and according to the Algerian authorities, successful, shale drilling – turned into violent clashes between protesters and police forces outside facilities run by US-based company Halliburton. (CONTINUED - 507 WORDS)