Scenes of panic in Abidjan schools after spate of child kidnappings


Spooked by unfounded rumours that two students had been kidnapped, parents broke into a school in Abidjan to pick up their children on Thursday morning. Fear reigns in Ivory Coast’s economic capital after 25 children were kidnapped and murdered over a period of three months. Our Observer witnessed the scenes of panic. Read more...
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Nepali Internet users mock politicians with 'smash chair challenge'


Instead of engaging in thoughtful debate, Nepal’s members of parliament elected to settle their differences by throwing chairs at each other last week. Photos of the heated parliamentary scuffle were quickly posted to the Internet as social media users ridiculed lawmakers with the hashtag #SmashChairChallenge. Read more...
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Kobane 'still too dangerous for refugees to return'


Kurdish forces announced on Monday that Islamic State militants had been chased from the Syrian city of Kobane. Combatant Mustefa Ebdi told the AFP that “all of Kobane was liberated” and that “the fighting has ceased.” While some celebrated, others remained cautious. The Islamic State group is still a threat, Kobane lies in ruins and refugees are still waiting to return. Read more...
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Ukraine rebels launch grisly propaganda war


Separatists in eastern Ukraine have begun taking their propaganda war into unchartered territory. Gruesome new footage has emerged of prisoners of war kneeling before a rebel commander who forces them to eat their army badges. Other scenes from this grisly reel are too graphic to show. Read why it marks a turning point...

Egyptian activist 'killed three times by police'


Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was killed on Saturday, January 24, during the dispersal of an opposition protest in the centre of Cairo. After she was shot a protester tried desperately to save her while the police did everything they could to break up the demonstration and scatter the activists. Read more...
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As army fights Boko Haram, Maiduguri turns to ghost town


When Boko Haram launched a deadly attack on Maiduguri on Sunday, the usually bustling city of almost two million went eerily quiet… except for the sounds of artillery throughout the morning. Our Observers describe scenes from a city under attack. Read more…
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Foreign shopkeepers targeted in Soweto looting spree


Dozens of shops owned by foreigners were attacked and looted last week in Soweto, a neighbourhood in southwest Johannesburg. The violence broke out after a youngster was killed by a Somali shopkeeper during an attempted robbery. Read more...

The doctors working on Ukraine’s frontline without pay, supplies


Even the hospitals aren't safe in eastern Ukraine. On Monday, a shell smashed into a hospital in Donetsk, the latest salvo in a conflict that has gutted healthcare in rebel-held territory, where doctors work under constant threat of bombardment – and don’t even get paid. Read eyewitness testimony from on the ground.
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Cairo’s rubbish collectors under threat


The Egyptian authorities are planning to set up a new initiative to get poor residents of the capital to sort their own rubbish in exchange for credit used to buy food. But this programme could have disastrous consequences for Cairo’s rubbish collectors, the "zabalines ", an informal network who have kept the streets of the capital clean for the past 50 years. Read more...
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Vigilantes kill suspected Boko Haram militants in terrifying ‘jungle justice’


With the Nigerian government’s continuing failure to combat the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, many locals are forming their own vigilante groups. In one town in Adamawa state, these militias have taken justice into their own hands with a very bloody result. Read more... 
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