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GOSPORT, England (AP) — Two lines of trenches face off across No Man's Land. A soldier marches, rifle in hand, along a ditch. These are instantly familiar images of World War I — but this is Britain, a century on and an English Channel away from the battlefields of the Western Front.
By Lamine Chikhi and Patrick Markey ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) - Algerians may not have been shocked to learn their ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika would run for re-election after 15 years in power, but the way he let them know was a surprise. On Monday, Bouteflika registered at the Constitutional Council 24 hours before the deadline, appearing briefly on state television to speak in public for the first time in months. Credited with leading Algeria out of the 1990s civil war between security forces and Islamists, he looks almost sure to win, with support from his powerful National Liberation Front (FLN) party, its allies and army factions. Another Bouteflika term would remove immediate uncertainty about the future of Algeria, a major African oil supplier and an ally in Washington's war on Islamist militants who have extended their roots in North Africa thanks to chaos in next-door Libya.