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Repression has intensified against regime dissidents and independent media as the Algerian government maintains a coronavirus lockdown across the country.

President Macron's call with his Algerian counterpart appeared to put an end to a diplomatic crisis triggered by the broadcast on French television of documentaries on Algeria's "Hirak" protest

Algeria to release two protest leaders, opposition politician says

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Algeria to release two protest leaders, opposition politician says

Algeria's president has allegedly vowed to release two main figures of the country's Hirak movement, opposition leader, Sosiane Djilali said.

Algeria extends lockdown in 44 provinces amid coronavirus pandemic

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Algeria extends lockdown in 44 provinces amid coronavirus pandemic

Algeria has extended lockdown measures for 15 days in most of the country's provinces as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Algiers recalls France envoy over <em>Hirak</em> documentary controversy

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Algiers recalls France envoy over Hirak documentary controversy

A French documentary about the protest movement has created conflict between France and Algeria over its depiction of the government.

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Algerian courts give tough jail sentences to Facebook activists

Algerian courts have sentenced three activists to tough terms for publishing ‘insulting’ posts on Facebook amid accusations that the government is using coronavirus to clamp down on popular protests.

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Covid-19 gives Algeria's repressive state the edge, for now

Comment: Through its face mask, Algeria's Hirak is still chanting for a free and democratic country, despite state efforts to stifle ...

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Leading Algeria protest figure released after court cuts sentence

A leading figure in Algeria's "Hirak" anti-government protest movement has been released from jail after a court late Sunday cut his ...

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Morocco, Tunisia arrest female bloggers over social media jokes

Rights groups are concerned with the way some North African countries are controlling citizens during Covid-19 lockdown.

Algeria launches coronavirus test kits production

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Algeria launches coronavirus test kits production

Algeria is manufacturing test kits for Covid-19 as authorities attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

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Algeria regime exploits virus to defeat protesters: analysts

Analysts have accused the Algerian government of exploiting the novel coronavirus pandemic to suppress the protest movement in the country.

Human rights groups demand release of Algerian journalist

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Human rights groups demand release of Algerian journalist

Human rights groups are calling for the release of Reporters Without Borders journalist Khaled Drareni as Algeria cracks down on free speech ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Turkey's coronavirus cases are beginning to decline and Algeria continues to crackdown on free speech amid strict pandemic measures are some of ...

Algeria arrest meme creator in crackdown on free speech

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Algeria arrest meme creator in crackdown on free speech

A well-known creator of a meme page called Walid Kechida is the latest victim of Algeria's crackdown on free speech after he was arrested for ...

Algerians linked to protests 'forgotten' in pre-trial detention

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Algerians linked to protests 'forgotten' in pre-trial detention

More than 1,000 people are stuck in pre-trial detention in Algeria despite recent presidential pardons.

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Algeria continues to target online media during coronavirus pandemic

Algerian authorities have blocked a third online news website that covered the anti-government "Hirak" protest movement, stirring condemnation Monday from media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of coronavirus this week

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In Algeria, Hirak protest movement continues with 'Coronavirus Radio'

With people forced to socially isolate in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, one radio host has found a novel way to keep the Hirak ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

The Syrian regime is being urged to release doctors amid the outbreak of coronavirus while Algeria's 'Radio Corona Internationale' continues the ...

Algeria faces 'financial abyss' amid coronavirus-fuelled oil price collapse

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Algeria faces 'financial abyss' amid coronavirus-fuelled oil price collapse

Experts are warning that Algeria faces economic and social turmoil as the country’s financial resources are drained by an oil price collapse ...

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Algeria, Morocco using coronavirus to curb freedoms, activists say

Algeria and Morocco appear to be using the coronavirus pandemic to quietly silence dissent and arrest journalists who are reporting on the ...

Algeria sentences another protest figure to jail

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Algeria sentences another protest figure to jail

Abdelouahab Fersaoui, who heads the civic group Youth Action Rally (RAJ), was arrested in October during a demonstration in support of detainees.

Morocco to release thousands of prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

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Morocco to release thousands of prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak

Morocco has ordered the release of thousands of prisoners as the death toll from the COVID-19 illness increased to 66 people.

Algeria using coronavirus panic to quietly arrest journalists: RSF

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Algeria using coronavirus panic to quietly arrest journalists: RSF

RSF has warned that Algeria is taking advantage of coronavirus to 'settle scores' with independent journalists covering anti-government protests.

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