The heart-wrenching ordeal of China’s ‘abandoned’ children


Four children were found dead last week in Guizhou province in southern China. The police said the children had been living alone for six months and killed themselves by ingesting pesticides. Their tragic deaths lay bare the tough ordeal facing a third of kids in the Chinese countryside, forced to fend for themselves when their parents leave to work in the cities. Read more...
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'I filmed my nightmare commute on Paris public transport'


Nawufal Mohamed lives in Clichy-sous-Bois, an underprivileged Parisian suburb located in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, known locally by its official administrative number (93). Nawufal studies urban planning… but in order to do so, he encounters a failure in urban planning every day. His university is also in 93, but Parisian suburbs are notoriously underserved by the public transport system, so, on a good day, he spends about three and a half hours to get to school and back. He filmed his daily commute for France 24’s “Pas 2 Quartier” project on French suburbs. Read more...
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Is the Islamic State group minting its own gold coins?


Photos of the Islamic State organisation’s new currency have appeared on social media for the first time. Designs on the coins include an engraving of a world map, an image that illustrates the IS group’s desire to extend its rule across the globe.  Read more...
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The 'Afghan Rambo' fighting the Taliban


On Monday, military security guards at the Afghan parliament building in Kabul thwarted a terrorist attack, later claimed by the Taliban. Local media reported that one of the guards, Isakhan Laghmani, stood out because of the courage he showed while fighting off assailants. Since then, Isakhan has achieved hero status, something new in a country where, up until now, soldiers have rarely been publically praised. Read more...
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City hall closes youth club in French 'jihad town' despite outcry


Lunel, a small town in southern France, attracted massive media attention in 2014 and 2015 after about twenty of its young people left for Syria. On June 3, the mayor announced that the city would cut funding to a beloved local youth organisation and establish its own instead. Locals have been up in arms about the “murder” of one of the only associations they say brings together the troubled city. Read more...
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Saudi labourers still working in 55°C temperatures

Saudi Arabia, which is often accused of failing to protect the rights of its foreign laborers, has introduced a new law banning companies from having their employees work outside during the peak hours of summer heat. Read more...

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French suburbs: “I come from a tough neighbourhood, so I lie on my resume”


In France, if you live in the wrong postal code, it can be very tough to find a job. For the past three years, community organiser Kamel Sekhari has been listening to the concerns of the young and unemployed in Vénissieux, a poor city in the outskirts of Lyon. He tries to keep them motivated: After sending out hundreds of resumes and getting no replies, it's easy for many to give up. As part of France 24’s “Pas 2 Quartier” project on French suburbs, Sekhari collected the stories of several of these young people. Read more...
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Lebanese authorities ‘knew about prison torture’


When two videos showing prisoners being tortured in Roumieh, Lebanon’s biggest prison, were shared on social media last week, they provoked outrage, not just from the public but also from Lebanese authorities. However, our Observer says the authorities were told about several cases of torture in the prison several months ago… but they did nothing. Read more…
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US national anthem censored on Iranian TV

Iran and the United States faced off on the volleyball courts over the weekend. The two countries’ teams played two games as part of the Volleyball World League tournaments in Tehran. Before the games kicked off, the countries' national anthems were sung, as per tradition at international sports events. Volleyball is extremely popular in Iran, and the games were broadcast live on public television. However, viewers didn’t get to hear the US anthem – it was cut out. Read more...

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Moroccan town’s disabled kids deprived of support centre


For two weeks now, about 60 disabled children in the Moroccan city of Jerada haven’t been able to go to their only local support centre, after a dispute broke out between the centre’s managers. The incident has shed light on the fragile network of support available for disabled minors in the kingdom. Read more...
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