The ‘flying coffin’: a lynching tool in Ivory Coast


A coffin carried by local residents became a macabre tool used to lynch two people in Cosrou, a village in the southern Ivory Coast, during a so-called “flying coffin” ceremony. Believers say that this rite allows the deceased to identify those responsible for his death. But in reality, these ceremonies are often ways to settle scores between local residents. Read more...
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Hong Kongers put the “civil” in civil disobedience


Since the weekend, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have protested in the streets in a remarkably calm fashion. Despite being tear-gassed by the police, the vast majority of demonstrators have been relaying messages of peace and carefully cleaning up after themselves. Here's a closer look at how they've managed to keep this atmosphere of civility intact. Read more...
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Doubts surround Boko Haram leader’s "third death"


Last Thursday, the Nigerian army announced that a high-ranking member of Boko Haram had died in battle. Using amateur photos and videos as evidence, they claimed that the man in question “played the role” of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s proclaimed leader. This confusing announcement has left many unconvinced, especially since the Islamist sect is known for its attempts to obfuscate. Read more...
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Seven things Hong Kongers fear they could lose to China


Thousands of pro-democracy protesters are currently occupying central Hong Kong, and refusing to leave. Despite deploying tear gas and making dozens of arrests over the weekend, police have not been able to dislodge the demonstrators, who want to be able to vote free of Beijing’s interference. Our Observers explain that they are afraid of losing many of the freedoms they enjoy in Hong Kong if the Chinese authorities gain more influence in the city’s affairs. Read more...

Homage to assassinated “Libyablogger”

Tawfik Bensaud, aged 18, was killed in Benghazi on September 19. This young activist used social media as his platform and was regular contributor to Libyablog, a platform launched in 2012 by FRANCE 24 and RFI. Read more...

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Does this video really show a monster in an Icelandic lake?


Geysers, volcanoes, hot springs… Iceland is well-known for its amazing natural phenomenona and also for its many legends about supernatural phenomenona. Many Icelanders will tell you that they enjoy believing or half-believing in these ancient stories. But what happens when a well known legend is caught on modern-day camera? Read more...

Human safaris threaten the Mashco-Piro in Peru


In the past few months, tour groups in Peru have been organising “human safaris,” promising to bring tourists into contact with the Mashco-Piro, a tribe living isolated in the Peruvian Amazon. Our Observer explained the grave consequences of this illegal activity, both degrading and dangerous for the Mashco-Piro. Read more...
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Police crack down on Tehran Sufi protest


Hundreds of Iranian Sufis protested in front of Tehran’s public prosecutors’ office this weekend, demanding to be jailed alongside their friends in prison, who they say are being treated terribly. Security forces violently cracked down on the protesters, and arrested dozens of them. Read more...
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Turkish parents say 'no' to religious schools


Is your child struggling academically in school? If you lived in Turkey, the state would likely place your child in an Islamic religious school for their secondary education. Turkey introduced this new measure this semester and many parents are furious. Some families view this as forced religious education that frequently differs from their own values, and are vocally protesting against this new law. Read more... 
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Greenland’s dark snow: climate change made visible


Dark grey snow is nothing new in Greenland; it appears when ice melts during the hottest summer months. What’s not so normal, however, are the record-breaking quantities of it found by the scientists taking part in the “Dark Snow” project. Read more…
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