Gitano family feud goes wild in bare-chested YouTube videos

A series of videos showing a fight between two groups of Gitano from the same extended family has gone viral in France in the past few weeks. A member of the "Lopez" family first took the family feud to YouTube (and the public) when he uploaded a video of himself insulting and threatening his “cousins,” who soon responded in kind… and so on. The display of bravado is so outrageous that it has inspired numerous spoofs. Read more...

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'Badass' Russian waitress video is fake


The video, filmed in a bar in Russia, is just too good to be true: when a customer grabs her butt, a waitress smacks him in the face with a menu, knocking him to the ground. With more than 8 million YouTube views, the footage of the waitress’s spirited response is this week’s viral video. Dozens of media sources, in Russia and elsewhere, shared the video of the incident… without verifying it. Read more...
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'Traitor!' Leaked video exposes Iranian tensions over nuclear talks


"You're a traitor!" bellows an ultra-conservative Tehran lawmaker to Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The minister has won acclaim for leading international negotiations over the country's nuclear programme. But the secretly filmed outburst by Mahdi Kouchakzadeh highlights tensions pitting certain right-wing politicians against the Iranian government. Read more...

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Elderly disabled woman accused of witchcraft narrowly escapes lynching


An elderly woman suffering from mental problems narrowly escaped lynching on May 13 when she was spotted wandering naked down the streets of the Ghanian capital and accused of witchcraft by a volatile mob. Read more...

'Made in Iran': Iranian weapons in Iraq conflict

With sanctions strangling its ability to get its hands on weapons, Iran's only way of amassing a stockpile of arms has been to build them itself. Sniper rifles, armoured vehicles or even surveillance drones make up the Islamic Republic's store of military hardware. Now, Tehran is busy secretly funnelling these weapons to groups taking on the Islamic State group in Iraq. Read more...

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How a Nazi artillery gun ended up in the hands of jihadists in Syria

The armed groups fighting in Syria's brutal civil war use any weapons they can get their hands on... even if those weapons are more than 80 years old. A video uploaded this week shows Islamic Front jihadists firing mortar rounds with an artillery gun built by Nazi Germany in the 1930s. But how did it get there in the first place? Read more...

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Tweeting from a prison cell in Kenya


The man behind the alias “Modern Kenyan Corps” works as a prison warden in Kenya, but doubles as an activist, using social media to expose corruption from within the Kenyan security forces. On Friday, however, he was arrested on suspicions of graft. Despite the fact he was going from prison warden to prisoner, Modern Corps remained an activist: he managed to live tweet his arrest and his experience being held in deplorable conditions at Ruiru Police station. Activists who visited him also contributed photos and tweets about the case and the conditions of the cell. Read more...
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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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