DR Congo 2015 calendars feature images of massacres


In the past few months, more than 250 people have been killed in massacres in the towns of Béni and Butembo, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Locals were therefore shocked and horrified when people started selling 2015 calendars featuring photos from these brutal massacres. Read more...
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Video shows vicious beating of diamond miners in Angola


A horrifying new video shows private security guards viciously beating diamond miners in northern Angola. Our Observer managed to have this video smuggled out of a heavily-guarded diamond concession. Read more...
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Gays in Syria risk execution by IS militants


Fighters belonging to the Islamic State jihadist organisation threw a man they accused of being gay from the roof of a two-story building, then published photos of his death online, along with the ruling. This appears to be the first time that the IS group has carried out this type of sentence. Our Observer, a young gay man from Syria who is now a refugee in Turkey, told us about the terror amongst gays living in the regions controlled by the IS group. Read more...
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In pictures: Hong Kong police clear last activist camp

Two and a half months after its start, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong came to an end on Thursday when authorities dismantled the protestor’s main camp site, located near the government’s headquarters. Protesters and witnesses took pictures and shared them widely across social media. Read more...

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Maid ‘abused’ by Saudi rescued after video goes viral


A video posted by a Filipino domestic servant suffering abuse at the hands of her Saudi employer has gone viral online. The video - which Nargelene Mendez published on her Facebook page - has even led the the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia to intervene and bring her home. But not everyone in her situation dares to cry out for help so publicly. That's where our Observer comes in - he's a Filipino at the head of a secret organisation in Saudi Arabia that comes to the rescue of his fellow compatriots. Read more...
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Cambodian police block monks’ peace march

Hundreds of monks all across Cambodia started marching five days ago in order to convene in front of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, which is International Human Rights Day. However, their quest to protest human rights abuses is provoking the ire of police and authorities. Read more...

Video catches abuse of Afghans in Iran


Iranian Internet users are circulating a video that shows what appears to be an Iranian police officer insulting and abusing a group of Afghans. Our Observer says this shocking footage underscores the fact that Afghans regularly suffer discrimination in Iran. Read more…
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Paradise lost: water crisis shuts down the Maldives


When a fire damaged the plant providing water to Malé, the capital city of the Maldives, this arid island nation in the Indian Ocean went into complete shutdown. The most densely populated city in the world was left gasping for water. Read more...
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The Ukrainian female suicide bomber who never was


This young woman’s photo has been making the rounds on Ukrainian social media sites since the end of November. The girl pictured is supposedly 16-year-old Valeria Liakhova, who became a symbol of bravery for the pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine after allegedly carrying out a suicide attack on a Ukrainian tank. But there’s a problem. In reality, the girl in the photo had nothing to do with any suicide attack. In fact, she is alive and well. Read more...
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Grozny terrorist attack revives spectre of war


Chechnya’s capital was the site of violent clashes overnight Wednesday between security forces and members of an armed group that calls itself the “Caucasus Emirate”. The confrontation led to at least 19 deaths and the destruction of several buildings. War scenes reminiscent of the bloodiest hours of the two conflicts that ravaged the region aroused anger and fear in our Observers there. Read more...
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