Algeria’s ruling party relatively young new leader amid protests

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) party, has elected Mohamed Djemai, a businessman, as its new leader, state television said on Tuesday, a month after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit in the face of mass protests. Bouteflika’s exit however has not quieted protesters, who are now demanding the dismantling of an entire ruling elite entrenched for decades, a […]

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French police clash with yellow vests protesters in Strasbourg

PARIS (Reuters) – French police fired tear gas to push back protesters who tried to march toward the European Parliament building in the eastern city of Strasbourg on the 25th consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies. The so-called ‘yellow vests’ protesters were back on the streets across France two days after Macron outlined policy proposals including tax […]

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Arrests at London climate-change protests top 1,000

LONDON (Reuters) – The number of environmental campaigners arrested during eight days of direct action in London topped 1,000 on Monday, police said, adding that Waterloo Bridge, one of the sites blockaded by the protests, had re-opened to traffic. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has targeted sites in central London, such as Oxford Circus and Parliament Square, in a campaign of […]

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Nicaragua: Ortega scraps pension reforms after deadly protests

President withdraws controversial pension reforms after five days of protests which saw at least 10 killed. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has scrapped the controversial pension reforms that sparked deadly protests across the country.  In a televised meeting on Sunday evening, Ortega said he was cancelling the reforms “which acted as a trigger that started this whole situation”.  At least 10 […]

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Clashes erupt in yellow vest protests as Macron prepares policy response

TOULOUSE (Reuters) – Yellow vest demonstrators clashed with riot police in the French city of Toulouse on Saturday, even as President Emmanuel Macron prepared a series of policy announcements aimed at quelling 22 consecutive weekends of anti-government protests. Police in the southeastern city fired teargas and arrested 23 people after several hundred demonstrators threw objects and set fire to cars, […]

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Algeria's Bouteflika will resign before his mandate ends on April 28 -APS

DUBAI (Reuters) – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who has faced mass protests and pressure from the army demanding he end his 20-year rule, will resign before his mandate ends on April 28, state news agency APS said on Monday. APS said Bouteflika, who is 82 and in poor health, will take important decisions to ensure “continuity of the state’s institutions” […]

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Clashes mark 19th weekend of French 'yellow vest' protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas at demonstrators in Paris and clashes broke out in other French cities on Saturday, the 19 consecutive weekend of “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government. However, with military units deployed in Paris for the first time to back up police, the unrest did not match the scale of last Saturday when […]

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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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