Algerian army chief, ruling party support protesters

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s army chief said the public had expressed “noble aims” during protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the ruling FLN party withdrew its support for him, in the heaviest blows for the veteran leader since the unrest began. Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah said that a month of demonstrations had been “marked by the deeds of noble […]

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Hundreds protest in Sudan, keep up pressure on Bashir

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters, mostly students, took to the streets in and near Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Monday, continuing a three-month wave of demonstrations that has posed the most serious challenge yet to President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule. Students, activists and other protesters frustrated with economic hardships have held almost daily demonstrations across Sudan since Dec. 19, calling […]

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Protesters rally outside Serbia president's residence, police use pepper spray

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Thousands of anti-government protesters staged a rally outside President Aleksandar Vucic’s residence on Sunday to press their demands for greater media freedom and free and fair elections, a day after they briefly broke into the state television building. Riot police used pepper spray against a small group of the protesters after they tried to bring a truck […]

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French violence flares as yellow vest protests enter fourth month

PARIS (Reuters) – Rioters set fire to a bank and ransacked stores on Paris’ landmark shopping street in a new flare-up of violence as France’s yellow vest protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms entered a fourth month. Police fired tear gas and water cannon as the protests turned violent again after weeks of relative calm during marches […]

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Veteran diplomat set to guide Algeria's transition after protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Lakhdar Brahimi, the veteran diplomat who is expected to steer Algeria’s political transition after mass protests, has won respect from foreign leaders and his country’s political elite during his long career. But his appointment may not go down well with protesters demanding rapid change. At 85, he is three years older than President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and from […]

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Tens of thousands of Algerians protest against Bouteflika

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Algerians defied heavily deployed riot police on Friday and resumed mass protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika posing the biggest threat to his 20-year-old rule. Unusually, one of the most popular imams, or prayer leaders, in Algiers did not pray for the president as he does every Friday, and only wished the best for […]

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Algeria's Bouteflika offers to leave within one year if re-elected

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, facing mass protests over his 20 years in power, will run in April’s elections with an offer to step down after a year if he is re-elected, his campaign manager said on Sunday. The announcement read out by Abdelghani Zaalane on Bouteflika’s behalf was aimed at appeasing those who had taken to the […]

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Sudanese teacher dies in detention after protests, family members say

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – A Sudanese school teacher died in detention after being arrested in connection with protests in the east of the country, members of his family said on Saturday. The 36-year-old man was arrested at his home on Thursday after protests in the town of Khashm al-Qirba, the family members said, adding that security officials had told them he […]

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More than 10,000 protest in Belgrade against Serbian president

BELGRADE (Reuters) – More than 10,000 people marched through Belgrade on Saturday evening to protest against the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), demanding media freedom as a precondition for free and fair elections. Protesters brought together by the Alliance for Serbia, a loose grouping of 30 opposition parties and organizations, wore badges reading “It […]

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Tunisia austerity protests go on amid wave of arrests

Dozens of protesters rallied in Tunis on Friday to demand the government cancel recent austerity measures. Anti-austerity protests are continuing in Tunisia, as dozens of mainly young people rallied in front of the country’s parliament to reiterate their demand to cancel a contentious budget law. Activists with the Fech Nestannew (What are we waiting for?) protest movement chanted “work, freedom and […]

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