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In pictures: Algeria's African games

Outside the Islamist zones, Algerians are very tolerant of differences in religion, politics and culture.

In Algiers, women in full Islamic dress walk side by side with girls in mini skirts.

Some districts are crowded with bars, men drinking wine and smoking cigars; in other areas, there is only tea and sweet sugary cakes.

But nearly everybody has been touched by the past; Algerians tell of waking up to find decapitated heads on their doorsteps, of losing whole families in massacres.

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