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Algeria protests grow as elite distances itself from ailing president | World news

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have protested across Algeria for a fourth consecutive Friday, as the country’s political elite began distancing themselves from the ailing 82-year-old president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Despite a heavy police presence, huge crowds marched through the capital, Algiers,the capital, calling on Bouteflika to step down after two …

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New Congolese President Pardons 700

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The new Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were jailed under his predecessor. Mr. Tshisekedi signed the decree Wednesday, fulfilling a promise he made this month to do so during his first 100 days in office. Among those set …

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