Sierra Leone’s three-day Ebola lockdown: An eyewitness account


A three-day lockdown began in Sierra Leone on Friday, where the entire population has been asked to stay home so health workers and volunteers can go door-to-door to try to identify cases of Ebola and halt the spread of this disease. In the middle of his rounds, one of these volunteers told FRANCE 24 by phone about the hurdles they face. Read more…
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Immunization teams 'negligent' in vaccines that killed Syrian children


Fifteen Syrian children died this week in Idlib province, in northern Syria, after receiving what was thought to be a measles vaccine during an immunization campaign sponsored by the opposition Syrian National Coalition. An investigation conducted by the opposition’s interim government showed that the children were injected with a strong anaesthetic instead of the measles vaccination. Bashar Kayal was a member of the investigation team and told FRANCE 24 about the circumstances of this “mistake”…
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'Graphic' Muslim Day Parade displays confuse some in NYC


This year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City featured local community leaders and Girl Scouts marching, but included a mannequin hanging from a noose, women locked up in a cage and a man on a golden chariot whipping others dressed in military garb, to the surprise of some onlookers. Read more...

Pranksters set up border checkpoint between England and Scotland


On Thursday, a referendum will be held to decide whether Scotland should become independent from the United Kingdom. Some people, however, decided not to wait for the results: earlier this week, an English photographer set up a fake border patrol checkpoint near the border between Scotland and England. He told us that this was meant as a humorous gesture to lighten the mood, amid heated debates in the lead-up to the vote. Read more...
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Eyewitness account of Faroe Islands whale slaughter


The so-called “Grindadrap” technique, a controversial fishing tradition that takes place in the summer in the Faroe Islands off the coast of Norway, consists of surrounding pilot whales and driving them toward shore in order to slit their throats. This practice has come under fire from NGOs and in particular the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which sent volunteers to the archipelago this summer in an attempt to prevent the mass slaughter. Fourteen of these volunteers, including our Observer, were arrested in late August, when a first slaughter took place. Read more...
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Egyptian police use dating sites to hunt down gay people


Though homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, police have been using social media and smartphone applications to hunt down and arrest gays and lesbians. Two gay Egyptians, who hide their sexuality and live in fear of being arrested, tell us their story. Read more...
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Locals caught in crossfire as FARC battle mega dam


The Ituango dam and hydroelectric power plant, currently under construction in rural Colombia, will reportedly become the most important source of electricity in the country by 2022. But the promoters of this mega-dam have met fierce opposition from the FARC rebel group, who have a strong presence in the region. Local residents are paying the price twice. Read more...
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Students rebuild homes amid militia fighting in Tripoli


The fighting in Tripoli has delayed its university’s opening for the new school year, but instead of sitting around, a group of students got together to fix-up homes destroyed in the ongoing conflict. Read more...
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China's cricket fight clubs: a lucrative business


The onset of autumn is highly anticipated by China's cricket fighting amateurs. Over one thousand years old, these traditional insect games are still popular today – and a whole industry has developed around these miniature duels. Read more…

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Iranian artists catch foreign galleries’ attention with nudity, sexuality


While artists in Iran aren’t allowed to show nudes – at least not in public – they’re finding that portraying naked or overtly sexual women is helping them get into galleries abroad. Our Observer, an Iranian artist who has worked in European art galleries, has watched this become a growing trend. Read more...
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