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22 die in ethnic clashes in Algeria

Ethnic clashes have left at least 22 people dead around Algeria's southern oasis city of Ghardaia, prompting the president to call an urgent security meeting, authorities said.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is meeting with the prime minister, defence officials, the army chief of staff and others to discuss the gravity of the latest confrontations more than 600 kilometres (375 miles) south of Algiers, the official APS news agency said.

The prefecture put the number of dead in clashes between Arabs and Berbers around Ghardaia at 22.

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