Escaped zoo monkeys caught in the crossfire in war-torn Libya


After escaping from an abandoned zoo, a group of monkeys spent two days wandering the streets of the war-torn city of Benghazi, to the utter surprise of local residents. Read more...
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Water cut off for all residents of indebted Zimbabwe town


It’s been a week now since the residents of Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, have seen any water come out of their taps. The city has gotten into debt with the national water authority; as punishment, its water supply has been cut off. Our Observer tells us that residents are paying a stiff price. Read more…
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Skaters take over Prague's underground highway

Prague's ‘Tunel Blanka’, at 6.4 kilometres in length, is the longest tunnel of any European city. However, it's not yet open to the public as its completion has been delayed time and time again. So in the absence of cars, Tunel Blanka has been put to alternative use: skateboarders from Prague have begun using it as an underground skate park. See photos...

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Benghazi: A city going up in smoke


The eastern Libyan city of Benghazi is the birthplace of the revolution that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and is considered by many to be Libya’s cultural capital. However, since mid-October, Benghazi has been transformed into a vast battlefield between the Islamist militias that control the city and the Libyan army, which is trying to push them out. With its deserted streets and buildings pockmarked by shells, Benghazi is hardly recognisable, says our Observer on the ground...
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Ebola up close: Caring for kids under quarantine

When Ebola hit Liberia, the government ordered all schools to close. This included a girls’ school run by a small American nonprofit in the capital, Monrovia. But instead of packing up and going home to New Jersey, founder Katie Meyler decided to readjust the organisation’s mission to tackle the virus’s spread. Read more...

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African rappers sing ode to Russia's Putin


This rap duo comes from Zimbabwe and Kenya, they live in Moscow and they have become famous from a song paying homage to… Vladimir Putin, a feat all the more surprising given the prevalence of racism against Africans in Russia. Read more...

Rescuing dying dogs from Indonesian puppy mills


An intrepid group of animal defenders in Jakarta has gone on a mission to confiscate dogs from abusive dog breeders. Tipped off by neighbours, they locate hidden puppy mills, where pedigree dogs are made to breed excessively in highly unsanitary conditions. Then, they make their move. Read more...
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Yazidi women slaves: real plight, fake images


Many Yazidi women captured by the Islamic State (IS) group have been forced into slavery. After months of speculation while photos claiming to show their plight circulated online, the group finally confirmed these rumours in its online magazine Dabiq. However, all the photos of these slave women circulating on social networks are fake. Even though the jihadists boast about enslaving these women, they keep them hidden away. Read more...
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'Food porn' for IS fighters, soup kitchens for the rest

Since the coalition strikes started, prices have skyrocketed in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and inhabitants are struggling to make ends meet. The local soup kitchen is having trouble feeding all the needy residents. Meanwhile, the jihadists who control the city post photos of their feasts on social media. Read more...

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Welcome to Iran’s ‘Little Amsterdam’


A village in southwestern Iran has recently gained quite a reputation for its vibrant marijuana trade, which has earned it the nickname “Little Amsterdam”. But residents of Ghalat, which is about 40 kilometres from Shiraz, aren’t just reaping in the profits. This small village is now suffering from insecurity and violent clashes with the police. Read more...
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