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Algeria: Country in North Africa
Algeria, officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a sovereign state in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of the country on the Mediterranean coast. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, the world's largest Arab country, and the largest in Africa. Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by the Western Saharan territory, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes (counties). It has the highest human development index of all the non-island African countries.


Algerian court jails 21 protesters

A court in Algeria sentenced 21 protesters on Tuesday to six months in jail for "undermining national unity", official media reported, a month ahead of a presidential election.
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Algerian court detains former minister over corruption allegations

Algeria's supreme court on Monday placed in custody a former culture minister over corruption allegations under former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state television reported.
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Five candidates to run in Algeria's presidential election next month

Five candidates will run in Algeria's presidential election next month, including two former prime ministers, the head of the election authority said on Saturday, amid mass protests rejecting the vote.
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Algerians stage mass protest on anniversary of independence rising

More than 100,000 Algerians, double the number attending recent weekly protests, marched on Friday to demand a purge of the ruling hierarchy and an end to military involvement in politics.
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Algerian protesters march on in defiance of 'The Power'

Riad Mostefai has marched through the capital of Algeria every Friday since February to demand a purge of the ruling hierarchy, an end to corruption and the army's withdrawal from politics.
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Algerian court places journalist in custody

A court in Algeria on Tuesday ordered the detention of a journalist and activist on charges of "undermining the morale of the army", according to a committee that defends detainees.
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Hundreds of Algerians protest against proposed energy law

Hundreds of Algerians protested in front of parliament on Sunday against a proposed energy law that they say the caretaker government has no right to pass.
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Algeria's protesters march against ruling elite as elections approach

Algerian protesters vowed to keep up street rallies against the country's ruling elite on Friday, rejecting a December presidential election with banners reading "we will not shut up", "we are not..
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Algeria protesters demand army quit politics after cleric urges election

Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters chanted slogans on Friday demanding the army quit politics, a purge of the ruling elite, an end to corruption, and the freeing of opposition leaders.
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Algeria army will not back any candidate in presidential election

Algeria's army said on Sunday it would not back any candidate in a presidential election set for December to choose a successor to Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
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Algerians tired of ruling cadre march as ex-premiers bid for presidency

Protesters opposing the election that Algeria's veteran ruling cadre has set for December took to the streets of the capital on Friday seeking the release of a detained opposition figure, as two recent..
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Algeria jails top figures of Bouteflika era

Algeria on Wednesday jailed its once-untouchable spy chief, its former de facto ruler and two other figureheads of the ruling elite, as the army seeks to quell mass protests demanding a purge of old..
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Algeria jails ex-spy chief and other top figures

Algeria on Wednesday jailed its once-untouchable spy chief and three other figureheads of the ruling elite as the army seeks to quell mass protests demanding a purge of old power brokers.
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Algeria jails two ex-intelligence chiefs for 15 years: media

A military court in Algeria on Wednesday jailed for 15 years two former intelligence chiefs, the brother of a former president and the leader of a political party for "conspiring against the army",..
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Algeria army chief criticizes protesters for rejecting election

Algeria's powerful army chief on Tuesday urged massive participation in a presidential election planned for December, responding for the first time to protests rejecting the planned vote.
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Fire kills eight infants in Algeria hospital

Eight infants died in a fire in a hospital in Algeria's El Oued early on Tuesday the fire service was quoted as saying on state media without giving any further details.
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Algeria's one-time kingmaker goes on trial

Algeria's one-time kingmaker and intelligence chief went on trial on Monday along with his successor and a brother of the ousted president for "conspiring against the army", state radio reported.
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Algerians defiant in first protest since election call

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the center of Algiers on Friday in the first significant test of the months-old protest movement since the government called an election for December, a..
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Algeria detains chief of former ruling party and opposition activist

Algeria on Thursday announced the detention of the leader of its former ruling party, as authorities strove to quell months of mass protests ahead of an election planned for December.
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Algeria detains opposition activist in new sign of clampdown

Algerian authorities have arrested Fodil Boumala, a prominent opposition activist and anti-government protester, fellow activists and a lawyer said on Thursday.
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Algerian army chief moves to limit protest movement

Algeria's powerful army chief has ordered buses and cars bringing protesters into the capital to be stopped and seized, the latest in a series of measures aimed at quelling big weekly demonstrations..
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Protesters reject Algerian election announcement

Hundreds of Algerians marched on Tuesday against an election called for December, chanting "we will not vote until the regime men are removed".
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Algeria to hold presidential election this year: interim president

Algeria will hold a presidential election on Dec. 12, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah said in a televised speech on Sunday.
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Thousands march in Algeria, say no election before elite quits

Tens of thousands of Algerians marched in the capital on Friday to demand that the rest of the ruling elite follow former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in quitting power before any new election.
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Algerian court charges opposition figure -lawyer

An Algerian court on Thursday ordered a prominent opposition leader, Karim Tabou, to be held in custody on charges of "contributing to weakening the army's morale", a lawyer and activist close to Tabou..
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Algerian PM to resign, paving way for vote after protracted protests

Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui will resign soon to pave the way for elections this year that the army sees as the only way to end a standoff over months of protests, two senior sources told..
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Algeria army chief calls for elections this year

Algeria's army chief on Monday called for elections later this year to choose a new president after mass protests forced the resignation in April of veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state media..
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Tunisian policeman and three Islamist militants killed in clashes

A Tunisian policeman and three Islamist militants were killed on Monday in a security operation in a remote area near the Algerian border, police said.
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Five people killed in stampede at Algiers rap concert

At least five people were killed in a stampede at a packed rap concert in the Algerian capital on Thursday night, a hospital source said.
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Algerian justice minister fired amid anti-graft investigations

Algeria's interim president fired the justice minister on Wednesday and named the Algiers public prosecutor to replace him, the presidency said, amid a series of corruption investigations involving..
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Algeria names panel to oversee dialogue, hold presidential election

Algerian interim president Abdelkader Bensalah has set up a six-member panel to oversee a national dialogue and hold a presidential election aimed at ending months of political crisis, the presidency..
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Algerian protesters return to streets for demand reforms

Tens of thousands of Algerians returned to the streets in the capital Algiers and other cities on Friday to demand radical political reforms and the departure of the ruling elite.
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Algerian protesters push for reforms, man tries to burn himself

A man sought unsuccessfully to set himself on fire on Friday as tens of thousands of Algerians rallied to push for reforms and the departure of the ruling elite.
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Algeria parliament elects opposition figure as chairman after protesters demand change

Algerian lawmakers late on Wednesday elected an Islamist opposition figure as chairman of parliament under pressure from mass protests demanding the departure of the ruling elite.
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Algeria's ex-industry minister detained over alleged graft: state TV

Algeria's supreme court on Wednesday placed former industry minister Youcef Yousfi in custody over alleged corruption, state television reported.
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Algerian protesters keep up pressure on country's rulers

Tens of thousands Algerians gathered on Friday in the capital to demand the removal of the ruling elite, keeping up pressure for more rapid change after the end of the 20-year rule of Abdelaziz..
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Algerian interim leader says dialogue and elections only democratic solutions

Algeria needs a national dialogue to lay the groundwork for presidential elections to end a political crisis, interim President Abdelkader Bensalah said on Wednesday as mass protests calling for..
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Algeria parliament president Bouchareb resigns: Ennahar TV

Algerian parliament president Moad Bouchareb quit on Tuesday, Ennahar TV and a parliamentary source said, after prolonged demands for his removal by protesters who saw him as a pillar of the ruling..
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Algeria detains businessman in corruption investigation: radio

Algeria has detained businessman Hassan Larbaoui in an anti-corruption investigation launched after protests ended the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state radio said on Friday.
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Algeria court orders detention of businessman over alleged corruption: radio

A court in Algeria has ordered the detention of businessman Hassan Larbaoui over corruption allegations, state radio reported on Friday.
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Algeria security forces to be 'strict' with infiltration of protest marches: defense ministry statement

Algeria's army chief of staff on Wednesday warned that security forces will be "strict" in preventing attempts to infiltrate protest marches demanding reforms and the departure of the ruling elite, the..
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Algeria presses corruption case against ex-PM and other senior figures

A prosecutor has referred Algeria's former prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia, along with a minister and two ex-ministers, to the Supreme Court over graft accusations in an ongoing crackdown on the former..
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Algeria prosecutor refers ex-PM to supreme court over alleged corruption: statement

An Algerian prosecutor has referred former prime minister Ahmed Ouyahia, a current minister and two ex-ministers to the supreme court over corruption allegations, the Algiers public prosecutor's office..
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Algeria army chief says 'certain parties' seeking constitutional vacuum

Algeria's army chief of staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah on Tuesday accused some parties of favoring a constitutional vacuum in order to prolong the country's political crisis.
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Algerian partner of Germany’s VW held over graft allegations: state TV

An Algerian court on Monday ordered the detention of Mourad Eulmi, head of family-owned firm SOVAC that is a partner of Germany's Volkswagen AG, on suspicion of corruption, state television reported.
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