‘Most-photographed house in Africa’ slated for demolition

Kenyans are rallying online to save Nairobi’s legendary ‘Heritage House’ from being demolished to make way for a modern railway line. The House – which is claimed to be the most photographed in Africa – is a museum of ancient wonders that showcases the continent’s extraordinarily rich past. Read more...

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Indigenous Canadians take on oil tankers with massive crochet chain

Distraught at the idea of oil tankers passing right next to their land, women from Canada's Gitga’at Nation in British Columbia decided to use their talent for crochet to stage a symbolic protest. For months, they worked on a multi-colored crochet chain no less than seven kilometres long. On Friday, they stretched it across the channel where tankers may soon navigate. Read more...

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Fear grows in London suburb after alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang attack

 
Community leaders in a north London suburb have issued an appeal for calm after an alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang assaulted festival-goers on Saturday. Local residents in Tottenham say the group has been growing in size and influence for the past three years – culminating in this weekend’s bloody attack. Read more...
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DR Congo: Forced labour eclipses schoolwork

 
School principals in Bukama, a city in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, have found a rather unorthodox way to renovate their schools’ buildings for free: under the cover of “handicrafts” workshops, students — often very young ones — are building the bricks themselves in clay quarries, rather than studying. Read more…

Children face illness and death in S. Sudan’s refugee camps

 
Six months after the eruption of an ethnic conflict, South Sudan faces a chaotic humanitarian crisis in which children are the first casualties. The United Nations estimated on Tuesday that 50,000 children are at risk of dying of starvation or hunger by the end of the year. We spoke with two humanitarian aid workers on the ground. Read more...

Demolition sparks protests in Abuja: ‘The residents have nowhere to go’

 
Protests erupted in the suburbs of Abuja on Thursday following the government demolition of homes in a temporary housing settlement inhabited by indigenous people of the region. Read more...
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Banned from sports stadiums, Iranian women get creative

 
Though most of the world is fixated on football right now, in Iran, people are more focused on volleyball. The Iranian national team, which has been playing very well, is drawing crowds in Tehran. The public is made up entirely of men, since the religious police forbid Iranian women from entering the stadiums. Some of them, however, have found created ways to get in. Read more...
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Are Baghdad’s Sunnis ready to fight ISIS?

 
With most of northern Iraq in the hands of Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Iraqi army has called on the Iraqi civilian population to join them and take up arms against the insurgents. And although Shiite Iraqis have reacted positively to the call, the Sunni community's response has been rather mixed. Read more...

Young Tajik men 'abducted' into military service

 
In Tajikistan, young men who haven’t responded to the summons to fulfil their military service had better watch their back. Army recruiters regularly resort to driving around and snatching men off the street that look to be of age. Because these men’s families are often poor, few dare to protest. Read more...

Cambodian workers flee Thailand after coup

 
At least 110,000 Cambodian labourers, most of whom are undocumented, have reportedly fled Thailand to return to their home country since the military coup in Bangkok on May 22. The new junta’s hostile attitude toward undocumented workers is the main driver behind this mass departure. Read more…
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