As bombs fall about them, Yemeni children paint their war

Karen Saadi is a headmaster without a school. The school she ran has been closed since the Saudi-led coalition started bombing Yemen’s capital, Saana. Many of her students’ families have fled, but she hasn’t abandoned those who remain. Nearly every day, children gather at her house and create artwork – mostly about the violence around them, which they struggle to make sense of. Read more…

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Racist jokes no laughing matter in Brazil


"Look at the screen of a smartphone: when it works it's white, and when it doesn't it's black. A supermarket plastic bag is white, whereas a rubbish bag is black!" These remarks were made by a group of white Brazilian athletes towards one of their black teammates during a training session in Portugal. Though its author claims it was a joke, the video has sparked outrage on Brazilian social networks. Read more...
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Paris suburbs youth react to police acquittal in deaths that sparked riots


Twenty-five-year-old Nawufal lives in Clichy-sous-Bois, an impoverished suburb northeast of Paris where two teenagers were electrocuted when they tried to hide from police in 2005, a tragedy that sparked France’s worst rioting in decades. Read more…
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Nepalese call for return of stolen statues after quakes

The massive earthquakes that recently hit Nepal caused the loss of thousands of lives, but they also destroyed numerous temples. In a strange twist of fate, some holy statues survived the two quakes and their aftershocks… because they were stolen and smuggled abroad several decades ago. Some Nepalese people are now calling for their immediate return. Read more...

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Iranian media publishes fake photos of ‘loot seized by Yemen’s Houthis’


Yemen’s Houthi rebels reportedly seized dozens of missiles, rocket launchers and entire cases of ammo after they attacked a Saudi army post earlier this week. At least that’s what the Iranian media say, and they published photos to prove it. The problem is that some of these photos were taken years ago, often very far from the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Read more...
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In a county of a million people and not one train, anger boils over


Linshui County, in southwestern China, is home to one million people – that’s roughly the population of Dublin, Ireland. And yet it doesn’t have a single train station. So when local residents heard that plans to bring a major new railway to the county had been scrapped, thousands of them took to the streets. Read more...
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Algerians bare their legs to support girl snubbed for short skirt


First there was the scandal of the skirt that was ‘too long’ for France. Now there’s a skirt that’s ‘too short’ for Algeria. On May 9, an Algerian law student was refused entry to an exam because her skirt stopped above the knees. But social media users have rallied behind her, posting photos of their bare legs as a sign of resistance. Read more...
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Yemen conflict drives Somali refugees back home


Once a week, a merchant boat makes a 30-hour trip from Yemen to Somaliland. Instead of carrying livestock – its usual freight – it now carries hundreds of people fleeing the conflict in Yemen. Some of them are Yemenis, but many are Somalis who had once fled in the opposite direction. Read more...
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The battle over Burundi’s airwaves


In Burundi, a war for the country’s radio airwaves has unfolded, following General Godefroid Niyombare's announcement on Wednesday that President Pierre Nkurunziza had been ousted from office by a coup. Almost all of the country’s main radio stations – which are Burundians’ primary sources of information – stopped broadcasting after they were attacked, one after the other, by both loyalist and rebel forces. Read more…
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"To fight Islamophobia, let’s all draw Muhammad"


As a snub to a prominent Islam-bashing activist, an American blogger launched a campaign asking people to draw pictures of Muhammad… but not the one you are thinking of! Read more...
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