A total of 12 people were killed and 46 others injured on Sunday when two buses collided on the border of the province of El Oued, 440 km southeast of the capital Algiers.
The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) on the road linking the provinces of El Oued and Biskra, said Ahmed Baoudji, director of Fire-fighting Department in El Oued.
This tragic accident was caused by overspeeding, he added.
The National Gendarmerie has opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the accident.
On Saturday, Algerian National Road Safety Agency said 3,275 people were killed and 31,010 others injured in 22,507 road accidents across Algeria in 2019.
The Algerian Interior Ministry said recently that road accidents incurred an annual loss of 1 billion U.S. dollars to the public treasury.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned on Sunday that Iran might reconsider its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Tasnim news agency reported.
Larijani criticized a recent statement by France, Britain, and Germany about their decision to trigger the dispute mechanism in the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying the United States has forced the European countries' move.
"We explicitly declare that if Europe behaves unfairly ... Iran will take a serious decision about its cooperation with the IAEA," the Iranian speaker said.
The draft bill to reconsider Iran's cooperation with the IAEA is ready for discussion in the parliament, he added.
In a statement released on Jan. 14, France, Britain and Germany announced their decision to trigger the dispute mechanism in the JCPOA, saying they have taken the step in response to Tehran's decision to back off nuclear commitments.
Iran, however, said its withdrawal from "practical" commitments under the JCPOA is a reaction to the U.S. exit from the deal in May 2018 and the subsequent sanctions.
The move is also a response to the Europe's sluggishness in facilitating Iran's banking transactions and its oil exports, the Islamis republic added.
The Syrian army continued its heavy shelling on rebel positions in the western countryside of the northern province of Aleppo as a prelude to a large-scale military operation against the rebels, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported Sunday.
The army also responded to a massive counter-offensive on government forces' positions in the nearby province of Idlib by the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, the newspaper added.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said as many as 6,000 people have fled their areas in the western countryside of Aleppo over the past 72 hours as a result of the military campaign.
The families fled to the nearby northwestern countryside of Idlib and the Turkey-held enclave of Afrin in northern Aleppo countryside, according to the Britain-based watchdog.
The observatory estimated the number of civlians in the western and southern countryside of Aleppo at around 500,000.
The anticipated army offensive in western Aleppo countryside aims to secure the Hama-Aleppo road as part of an agreement reached in Russia's Sochi in 2018 to secure the official road to Aleppo, which extends all the way south to the capital Damascus.
Since the Hama-Aleppo road is under rebels' control, people have travelled to Aleppo through another extension of the road.
The army is now considering the recapture of the entire road between Hama and Aleppo as a top priority, in order to restore the travel route from Damascus in the south to Aleppo to the pre-war time without a detour.
The Iranian official leading the investigation into the Ukrainian jetliner that was accidentally shot down by the Revolutionary Guard appeared to backtrack Sunday on plans to send the flight recorders abroad for analysis, a day after saying they would be sent to Kyiv.
Hassan Rezaeifar was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency as saying "the flight recorders from the Ukrainian Boeing are in Iranian hands and we have no plans to send them out."
He said Iran is working to recover the data and cabin recordings, and that it may send the flight recorders — commonly known as black boxes — to Ukraine or France. "But as of yet, we have made no decision."
The same official was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Saturday as saying the recorders would be sent to Ukraine, where French, American and Canadian experts would help analyze them. Iranian officials previously said the black boxes were damaged but are usable.
It was not immediately possible to reconcile the conflicting accounts. Iran may be hesitant to turn over the recorders for fear that more details from the crash — including the harrowing 20 seconds between when the first and second surface-to-air missiles hit the plane — will come to light.
The Guard's air defenses shot the plane down shortly after it took off from Tehran on Jan. 8, killing all 176 people on board. Hours earlier, the Guard had launched ballistic missiles at U.S. troops in Iraq in response to the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general in Baghdad. Officials say lower-level officers mistook the plane for a U.S. cruise missile.
Iranian officials initially said the crash was caused by a technical problem and invited countries that lost citizens to help investigate. Three days later, Iran admitted responsibility after Western leaders said there was strong evidence the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile.
The victims included 57 Canadian citizens as well as 11 Ukrainians, 17 people from Sweden, four Afghans and four British citizens. Most of those killed were Iranians. The other five nations have demanded Iran accept full responsibility and pay compensation to the victims' families.
The plane was a Boeing 737-800 that was designed and built in the U.S. The plane's engine was designed by CFM International, a joint company between French group Safran and U.S. group GE Aviation. Investigators from both countries have been invited to take part in the probe.
Lebanon's public prosecutor ordered the release Sunday of more than 30 people detained the previous evening, according to the National State News agency, in the worst day of violence since protests erupted three months ago.
The public prosecutor said all 34 arrested are to be released, except those with other pending cases.
The clashes took place with the backdrop of a rapidly worsening financial crisis and an ongoing impasse over the formation of a new government. The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in late October.
Protesters have called for more rallies on Sunday.
Riot police fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in Beirut on Saturday to disperse thousands of protesters rallied outside the parliament and in downtown. The protesters, who came from the country's north, east and Beirut, lobbed flares at security forces, metal bars, stones and tree branches.
The pitched street battles lasted for nearly nine hours and were among the worst scene of rioting since protests broke out in mid-October.
At least 220 people were injured in the clashes, according to the Red Cross. More than 80 of those were treated in hospitals, including a protester who sustained an eye injury, as well as security force members. The clashes also took place in the courtyard and steps of a mosque downtown. The top Muslim Sunni Fatwa office called it "inappropriate" and said protesters had taken refuge inside the mosque and were taken care of.
Protesters smashed windows and the facade of the headquarters of the country's Banking Association with metal bars. Security forces set fire to a few tents set up by protesters nearby.
Interior Minister Raya El Hassan said Saturday that security forces were ordered to protect peaceful protests. "But for the protests to turn into a blatant attack on the security forces and public and private properties, this is condemned and totally unacceptable," she tweeted.
However, Human Rights Watch described the security force response as "brutal" and called for an urgent end to a "culture of impunity" for police abuse.
"There was no justification for the brutal use of force unleashed by Lebanon's riot police against largely peaceful demonstrators in downtown Beirut," said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at HRW. "Riot police showed a blatant disregard for their human rights obligations, instead launching teargas canisters at protesters' heads, firing rubber bullets in their eyes and attacking people at hospitals and a mosque."
The protesters have rallied against the country's political elite who have ruled Lebanon since the end of the 1975-90 civil war. The protesters blame politicians for widespread corruption and mismanagement in a country that has accumulated one of the largest debt ratios in the world.
Panic and anger have gripped the public as their local currency, pegged to the dollar for more than two decades, plummeted. The Lebanese pound lost more than 60% of its value in recent weeks on the black market. The economy has seen no growth and foreign inflows dried up in the already heavily indebted country that relies on imports for most of its basic goods.
Meanwhile, banks have imposed informal capital controls, limiting withdrawal of dollars and foreign transfers.
Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab had been expected to announce an 18-member Cabinet on Friday, but last minute disputes among political factions scuttled his latest attempt.