The trials and tribulations of Spider-Man in Cairo

The endless traffic jams, the dusty and overcrowded streets, the polluted air… It’s not always easy to live in Cairo, Africa’s most populated city. So what if a superhero like Spider-Man moved to Egypt’s capital – how would he fare in this urban chaos? A young photographer from Cairo decided to imagine what would happen. Read more...

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Islamabad protesters demand mosque leader condemn school massacre

One hundred and thirty-two children were killed by the Pakistani Taliban in their attack on a school in Peshawar earlier this week. But this was not enough to get the leader of one of the country’s biggest public mosques, the Red Mosque in Islamabad, to condemn the Taliban. In a brave move, hundreds of protesters showed up in front of the mosque Thursday night to demand he do so. Read more…

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Photo of 'women murdered for refusing sex jihad’ is fake


Iraq’s human rights minister issued a statement Tuesday saying that the bodies of 150 women had been found in two mass graves in Fallujah. He said they belonged to women who were executed by the Islamic State group for refusing to have sex with jihadists. Several Arabic language media outlets quickly relayed his statement, but there was a problem: they used a fake photo to illustrate it. Read more...
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Bangladeshis toil to clean up oil spill with bare hands


An oil spill in Bangladesh is threatening to destroy rare species, an entire ecosystem, and the economic resources that thousands of people rely on. The spill took place a week ago in Bengal, in the protected region of Sundarbans. Due to the slow reaction of the authorities, locals are trying to mop up their river themselves, using what little means they have. Read more…
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Pakistan school attack: ‘I saw kids in blood-soaked uniforms’


Over a hundred people, mostly children, have been reported dead after a Taliban assault on a military school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Our Observer witnessed the chaos that followed the attack. Read more…
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DR Congo 2015 calendars feature images of massacres


In the past few months, more than 250 people have been killed in massacres in the towns of Béni and Butembo, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Locals were therefore shocked and horrified when people started selling 2015 calendars featuring photos from these brutal massacres. Read more...
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Video shows vicious beating of diamond miners in Angola


A horrifying new video shows private security guards viciously beating diamond miners in northern Angola. Our Observer managed to have this video smuggled out of a heavily-guarded diamond concession. Read more...
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Gays in Syria risk execution by IS militants


Fighters belonging to the Islamic State jihadist organisation threw a man they accused of being gay from the roof of a two-story building, then published photos of his death online, along with the ruling. This appears to be the first time that the IS group has carried out this type of sentence. Our Observer, a young gay man from Syria who is now a refugee in Turkey, told us about the terror amongst gays living in the regions controlled by the IS group. Read more...
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In pictures: Hong Kong police clear last activist camp

Two and a half months after its start, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong came to an end on Thursday when authorities dismantled the protestor’s main camp site, located near the government’s headquarters. Protesters and witnesses took pictures and shared them widely across social media. Read more...

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Maid ‘abused’ by Saudi rescued after video goes viral


A video posted by a Filipino domestic servant suffering abuse at the hands of her Saudi employer has gone viral online. The video - which Nargelene Mendez published on her Facebook page - has even led the the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia to intervene and bring her home. But not everyone in her situation dares to cry out for help so publicly. That's where our Observer comes in - he's a Filipino at the head of a secret organisation in Saudi Arabia that comes to the rescue of his fellow compatriots. Read more...
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