People take part in a protest in Algiers on Tuesday demanding immediate political change. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s attempt to quell public anger in Algeria has failed as thousands of people took to the streets on Tuesday to declare (...)

People celebrate on the streets after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced he will not run for a fifth term, in Algiers on Monday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika abandoned his bid for a fifth term in power on Monday, bowing to weeks of mass demonstrations against his 20-y(...)

Algerians gather for a demonstration in Algiers on  Friday against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s hold on power. Photograph: Fateh Guidoum/AP

Tens of thousands of Algerians packed central Algiers to capacity on Friday to challenge President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year-old rule in the bigg(...)

Students hold an Algerian flag as they take part in a protest in Algiers on Tuesday. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

As protests raged across Algeria against a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing leader was languishing in a Swiss hospital, the s(...)

Algerian protesters chant slogans during a protest against the fifth term of Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers, Algeria, on Friday.  Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

After 10 days of rare street protests in Algeria over an attempt by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term as head of state, the ailing 8(...)

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika gestures during his swearing-in ceremony in Algiers on April 28th, 2014. He suffered a stroke in 2013. Photograph: Louafi Larbi

Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s grotesque presidency is stranger than political fiction. Bouteflika, aged 81, cannot walk, talk, shake hands or receive visitin(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron: France has sold €12 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia over the past decade, and €8 billion worth to Qatar. The sale of up to a dozen more Rafale fighter jets may be announced in Doha. Photograph:  Charles Platiau/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron will travel to Algiers on Wednesday, then fly on to the Qatari capital Doha. The two countries are at opposite ends o(...)

French president Francois Hollande speaks to journalists upon his arrival in Algiers. Paris and Algiers are enjoying a period of exceptionally good relations. Photograph: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

The leaders of France and Algeria doubtless rejoiced in the reported killing of Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar when they met in president Abdela(...)

Algeria  coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned his position. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has resigned following the Fennec Foxes’ successful World Cup campaign. The Bosnian saw Algeria into the knockout stag(...)

Iraqi elections are seen as a “democratic watershed”, though they  may lead to deepening tensions. Above, municipal workers clean up at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/ Reuters

When voters flocked to the polls throughout Afghanistan in unexpectedly large and enthusiastic numbers 10 days ago, they were doing far more th(...)

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