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Former Algerian prime ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal  were sentenced to 15 and 12 years in prison respectively. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

An Algerian court jailed two former prime ministers for corruption on Tuesday, two days before a presidential election which protesters want cancelled(...)

The Lion King: Re-makes like the Lion King invariably prompt the criticism that Hollywood has run out of new ideas and resorted to lazy re-treads of old classics to rake in some cash.

Myself, Herself and Daughter Number Four went to see the Lion King. We all thought it was dreadful. It apes (pun!) the original film but contains addi(...)

A carriage passes by the St Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Vienna has held off Melbourne to retain the top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for 2019, further strengthening its(...)

Injured Syrian army members receive honours during the opening of the Damascus International Fair. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

Damascus’s 61st International Fair opened this week with a spectacular sound and light show, singing and dancing, and a message of hope for a future w(...)

Nadir Dendoune and his mother, Messaouda. Figs in April, an hour-long profile of  Messaouda,   is being shown this summer in festivals, prisons and public parks. Photograph: Camille Millerand

As you pass the Porte de Châtillon on the Paris ring road, you might catch a glimpse of a giant wall painting. “Chibani”, it says, next to a portrait(...)

In his 1872 poetry collection The Terrible Year, the great French writer Victor Hugo wrote, “Je voudrais n’être pas Français pour pouvoir dire/ Q(...)

Massage in the Hammam, by Édouard Debat-Ponsan. Photograph: Musée des Augustins

The concept of orientalism is the legacy of the great Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said. Throughout their imperial, colonial and then neocoloni(...)

Swimmers  dive off rocks at the Forty-Foot in Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan for the Irish Times

A plume of hot air which may bring record temperatures to parts of continental Europe next week will also boost temperatures in Ireland. Temperatures(...)

Protesting students demand the removal of the ruling elite in Algiers. Photograph: Ramzi Boudina/Reuters

While Sudan’s civilian uprising is crushed in a bloody crackdown, Algeria’s peaceful protest movement continues unabated and might even yield results (...)

Members of Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces patrol Nile street in the capital Khartoum on Monday.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A violent counter-revolution is under way in Sudan. In a pattern reminiscent of events in Egypt in 2013 and in Algeria just this year, the overthrow o(...)

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