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The Algerian prosecutor’s office has requested that former politicians, including two prime ministers, who served under ousted President Bouteflika, be given 20-year prison sentences for corruption.

Algeria's Abdelaziz Bouteflika travelled to France on Thursday to undergo 'routine medical checks', according to a statement by the president's office, fuelling increasing speculation over the president's ailing health.

Algeria president appears on TV to quash death rumours

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Algeria president appears on TV to quash death rumours

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made a rare television appearance on Thursday, two weeks after reports alleging that he was hospitalised in France led to rumours of his death.

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