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Bouteflika to Seek 5th Presidential Term

Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to seek a fifth term in April elections, state media announced Sunday, despite health issues that have kept him largely out of the public eye for years.

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Algeria's Main Islamist Party to Run in Presidential Poll

Algeria's main Islamist party, the Movement for the Society of Peace, said Saturday it has decided to take part in April's presidential election.

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Algeria Calls April Election with Incumbent's Plans Unclear

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika issued a decree on Friday calling a much anticipated presidential election for April 18 but without saying whether he will seek a new term.

The ailing 81-year-old, who uses a wheelchair and has rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013, is due to complete a fourth term in office on April 28.

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257 Dead as Military Plane Crashes in Algeria's Worst Air Disaster

Algeria suffered its deadliest ever air catastrophe Wednesday when a military plane crashed near the capital, killing 257 people on board, mostly army personnel and their family members, officials said.  

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Election Campaigning Makes Muted Start in Algeria

Campaigning for Algeria's May 4 elections got off to a muted start Sunday, with the public showing little interest in the poll despite government efforts to persuade disillusioned voters to participate.

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Algeria President 'Doing Well' after Health Scare

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is "doing well" despite a health scare last week which forced him to postpone a meeting with the German Chancellor, the general secretary of his party said.

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Algeria's Bouteflika Replaces Energy, Finance Ministers

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika replaced the energy and finance ministers on Saturday in a surprise reshuffle a year after they were appointed.

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Algeria Says Eight Militants Killed by Army

Algerian forces killed eight alleged Islamist militants east of Algiers late Tuesday, the north African state's defense ministry said.

An army unit shot dead "eight terrorists" and seized guns and ammunition following an ambush east of Setif, 330km (205 miles) from the capital, according to a statement published on the ministry's website.

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Report Blames Deadly Air Algerie Crash on Pilot Errors

The final report on a 2014 Air Algerie airliner crash that killed 116 people, released Friday, said the accident was largely due to the pilots failing to activate the plane's anti-icing system.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 crashed in the desert in northern Mali in bad weather, barely half an hour into its flight from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou to Algiers, killing everyone on board.

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Algeria Slams French Paper's 'Gratuitous' President Coverage

Algeria accused Le Monde newspaper Sunday of "gratuitously" damaging its president's image, as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls sought to resolve a row that threatens to overshadow key trade deals.

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