The Algerian government announced that it approved plans to curtail government expenditure. Algerian oil company Sonatrach awarded Chinese Petroleum Engineering Construction a deal to modernise one of Algeria’s oil refineries. Sonatrach also travelled to Jordan to present a bid to supply Jordan with liquified gas. Algeria announced its plans to launch a geostationary satellite by mid-2017. An Algerian police officer was killed in an attack by three gunmen linked to the Islamic State in a restaurant in Constantine. Algeria is one of the eight African countries to be elected to the United Nations International Law Commission. Protests over social housing turned violent in small village near Tizi-Ouzou in Kabylie.