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Algeria went offline on Wednesday for the start of high school diploma exams, the first in a series of internet blackouts to stop students cheating. Mobile and fixed internet lines were cut across the country for a total of two hours, to coincide with the start of two separate school tests. A third hour-long internet shutdown was planned for later on Wednesday, according to a schedule issued by public operator Algerie Telecom. Internet services were cut "in compliance with instructions from the government, aimed at ensuring the high school diploma tests run smoothly," Algerie Telecom said. The pre-planned blackouts are...


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