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Vol 50 No 24

Published 4th December 2009


Algeria

Football fuss

Algeria and Egypt stopped just short of war over qualification for the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa. We hear that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had considered a special forces intervention if Algeria lost a group play-off match to decide Africa's last qualifier in Khartoum, Sudan. Not only was blood spilt by players and fans, Algerian and Egyptian communities have been threatened in each other's countries; embassies, airline offices and other national symbols have been attacked, envoys recalled and businesses threatened.

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