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Algerians shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Algiers on May 7, 2021. Photo: Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images

The Algerian government announced Sunday that it would ban any protests that do not have prior approval, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The move is intended to limit the weekly mass protests of Algeria's Hirak movement, which resumed in February after a nearly year-long pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

State of play: The Hirak movement for governmental change began in 2019 and successfully ousted then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019.

  • The protests then continued demanding the "departure of the entire ruling elite, an end to corruption and for the army to quit politics," per Reuters.

The big picture: All protests will now require an approved permit outlining the date and times of the protests as well as the names of the event's organizers, per Reuters.

  • This poses a particular problem for the Hirak movement, which has until now been a leaderless movement.

Of note: Amnesty International released a statement Friday condemning the Algerian authorities' use of force against protestors and its jailing of more than 60 Hirak activists "continue to languish in prison for their role in the demonstrations."

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Updated Aug 12, 2021 - Science

Algeria wildfires kill at least 65 people, including 28 soldiers

Smoke rises from a wildfire in the forested hills of the Kabylie region on Aug. 10. Photo: Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images

Wildfires in Algeria have killed at least 65 people, including 28 soldiers who died while trying to save residents, Reuters reported Thursday.

Why it matters: The Algerian wildfires are far from an isolated incident. Extreme weather, driven by human-caused climate change, is driving wildfires all over the world, including the U.S., Russia, Canada, Greece, Italy and Turkey.

Mike Allen, author of AM
12 mins ago - Economy & Business

Charted: GOP surged as Biden slumped

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Reproduced from Gallup. (Independents were asked their party leaning.) Chart: Axios Visuals

Gallup polling found a huge shift in party preference over the course of 2021, from a 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter to a 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.

Why it matters: It's the biggest swing in one calendar year for Gallup's 30 years of tracking.

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32 mins ago - Science

A new NASA astronaut corps for the next era in space

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

NASA's next crewed missions to the Moon will need a larger, differently-trained and multi-skilled astronaut corps to deliver on the agency's ambitions.

Why it matters: NASA has plans to fly astronauts to the surface of the Moon in 2025 and ultimately establish a long-term presence there. That goal requires a robust corps with new, specialized training in what it takes to live and work on the Moon — and NASA needs to start planning now.