Immigrant’s death shines light on 'hunt' for foreigners in Angola


An undocumented shopkeeper from Guinea-Bissau was fleeing Angolan police in the capital city Luanda when he was hit by a taxi and killed. His death has provoked anger and outcry from the country’s West African immigrant community, who say they are harassed on a daily basis by police. Read more...
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Video: Spanish police beat up deportee on airplane


This video, filmed on an airplane, captures Spanish police beating up a foreigner being deported to his home country, the Dominican Republic. This scene is far from unusual, according to the collective that shared the footage. Read more...
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Tunisian 'whiz' twins use trash to build replica farm models


They're only 13 years old, but these tech-savvy Tunisians have already been earmarked as future engineers. The two whiz kids are putting old waste to good use by building miniature replicas of farm vehicles from pieces of trash. Internet users have marvelled at the children's work, after photos uploaded by their teacher began circulating on social media websites. Read more...
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Moroccan activists fight to give dead migrants dignified burial


At least 700 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean sea after their boat sunk on Saturday evening. There were only 28 survivors, and only 24 bodies were recovered, according to the Italian coast guard. This follows Monday’s tragedy, which saw another 400 people lose their lives. Each time, only a tiny number of bodies are ever recovered. The rest either lie on the seabed or wash up on the shores of Mediterranean countries like Morocco, where fellow migrants and activists struggle to give as many as they can a dignified burial. Read more...
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Tashkent residents spice up old Soviet quarters

Whether it is by enclosing a balcony to make an extra room, installing a private entrance to an apartment or carving out a private garden in a public space, many residents of the Uzbek capital are busy personalising their old Soviet apartments to make them more comfortable and practical. This phenomenon reveals a society moving away from the Soviet ideals of the past, according to our Observer. Read more...

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Nigerians seek answer for ‘mysterious’ deadly illness


Last week, at least 23 people fell ill with a ‘mysterious’ illness in Ode Irele, Nigeria. Eighteen of those people died and panic ensued. Many locals had a theory—that the sickness was the result of an injustice committed against a local goddess. Thanks to a quick and thoughtful response, however, local health authorities are close to solving the mystery. Read more...

Iraqi artist shows 'ugly faces' of IS using old shoes


An Iraqi artist has transformed worn-out shoes and trash into works of art to illustrate the 'ugliness' of Islamic State group. Using old footwear salvaged from local shoemakers, Akeel Khreef has created ugly-looking 'shoe faces' to decorate an entire wall of his house. The mural is set to go on display in a London gallery this summer. Read more...
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Internet boasts false images of xenophobic violence in South Africa


Since early April, the South African city of Durban has been consumed by a wave of violent clashes between South Africans and foreign nationals, many of whom are immigrants from other African countries. Discussion of the crisis has spread across social media, but, unfortunately, so have many false images that are adding fuel to the fire. Read more...

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Rugby a surprise boost for Iran’s underprivileged girls


Rugby is a very rare sport in Iran, and it’s even rarer for women and children. But a NGO working with girls from rough neighbourhoods has found that the sport is boosting their self-esteem in ways they hadn’t predicted. Read more…
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Beaches and fashion: Showing another side of Somalia


A quick scroll of Ugaaso Boocow’s Instagram account reveals photo after photo of pristine beaches, exotic fruit cocktails and fashionable clothing. Like so many other users of the social network, Ugaaso is a young woman who loves to show off her life through photos and selfies. But the difference is that Ugaaso -- who has 70,000 followers -- lives in Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Read more…
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