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Analysis: Four Scenarios Facing Algeria

Analysis: Four Scenarios Facing Algeria

Algiers, Asharq Al-Awsat—President Abdulaziz Bouteflika’s recent mini-stroke, which resulted in him being flown to France for urgent medical treatment, has renewed the controversy surrounding the political future of the country, including the possible transition...
Barham Saleh downplays succession rumors

Barham Saleh downplays succession rumors

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—The post of president of Iraq has sparked a new crisis in country, with elements within the government calling for the need to name a replacement for President Jalal Talabani, currently recuperating in Germany from a stroke he suffered last...
Ex-Pope Relaxes as Cardinals Prepare for Vote

Ex-Pope Relaxes as Cardinals Prepare for Vote

VATICAN CITY, Reuters—A relaxed and rested Pope Emeritus Benedict read messages from well-wishers and strolled in his retirement palace gardens on Friday as cardinals due to elect his successor planned pre-vote meetings for next week. The 85-year-old former pope...