Algeria

Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Algeria’s longest-serving president resigns
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Politics and Society Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Algeria’s longest-serving president resigns

Ailing 82-year-old Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika handed in his resignation on live TV in one of his few public sightings in the last six years. Since he had a stroke in 2013, the leader, who was initially seen as a saviour, became an absentee president whose four terms in office were mired in corruption and allegations of vote-rigging.

The quiet rise of heavy metal in Algeria
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Arts and Culture The quiet rise of heavy metal in Algeria

Unlike elsewhere on the continent where heavy metal and hard rock music are beginning to sprout, large parts of North Africa have enjoyed the styling of distorted guitars and pounding drums for decades. Even though Algeria has seen its share of political and social upheaval, and a well publicised civil war over the years, this has not deterred many from picking up electric guitars and lending their voices to the heavy metal world.