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Algeria says calm restored after riots

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Algeria says calm restored after riots


The Algerian government says calm has largely been restored there after the recent wave of violence, although in several towns outbreaks of trouble have been reported.

Interior Minister Dahou Ould Kablia said the authorities have begun repairing schools and other public buildings damaged during the rioting.

“From our side, we consider that we have turned a corner,” he said.

A fourth person died on Saturday. The government says more than 800 people have been injured, mostly police, and 1,000 arrested.

Several causes have been cited for the violence, from poor housing and high prices to corruption and unemployment. Some 15 million of Algeria’s population of 35.5 million are under 30, and more than 20% of young people are said to be jobless.

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