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Police detain a protester in Algiers yesterday during a demonstration against Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fourth term. Photograph: Louafi Larbi/Reuters

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French prime minister Manuel Valls delivers his address on policy to the Assemblee Nationale in Paris yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Manuel Valls makes ‘truth’, ‘efficacy’ and ‘confidence’ watchwords of policy address

Chadian soldiers sit with guns on a vehicle as they drive in Bangui at the weekend. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

International community hopes to help CAR but the slow drip of killings continues

Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed emperor of the Central African empire, after crowning himself in 1977. Photograph: Pierre Guillaud/AFP/Getty Images

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Habiba (7), who was shot in the leg when her family sought shelter in a mosque. She does not know where her parents are. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

Under-18s are maimed and killed, recruited as soldiers and sex slaves

Kapiri Agnes (53) prepares a meal on the grounds of a church that is sheltering about 4,000 internally displaced people fleeing sectarian violence in Bangui. Central Africans say Christians and Muslims lived in harmony until last year. Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Reuters

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French peacekeeping soldiers leave their base in Mpoko international airport in Bangui last December. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Central Africans are convinced that Paris imposes everything in beleaguered CAR

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