Backlash against Google bus exposes San Francisco’s identity crisis

They’ve become a symbol of what some call the “techie invasion” in San Francisco. The big buses that Google employees who live in the city use to get to the tech giant’s headquarters in Silicon Valley have drawn the ire of activists who blame affluent tech sector workers for driving rents up in the city and pushing poorer residents out. Read more...

Celebratory gunfire at wedding ends in bloodshed

 
The incident, which was caught on video, took place during a wedding celebration in Taiz in southwestern Yemen. As wedding guests dance to the Korean pop song “Gangnam Style”, one of them takes out a machine gun and fires into the air in celebration. However, he loses control of the weapon and ends up shooting several guests. Read more...
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Singapore’s 'Little India' riots: "Tensions had long been brewing"

 
It had been decades since Singapore had witnessed violent riots. Several hundred foreign workers faced off with the police on Sunday in Little India, a neigbhourhood with a large South Asian community, after a young Indian man was hit and killed by a bus. The country’s transport minister says alcohol may have been a factor in the riots, but our Observer, who studies Singapore’s South Indian community, believes the violence stems from underlying tensions between migrant workers and locals. Read more...
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A Syrian city sweeps away the traces of war

After a week of intense fighting against rebel groups in late November, the Syrian army took back the city of Deir Atiyah, about 90 km north of Damascus. The city’s residents took advantage of this period of calm to launch a clean-up operation. Read more...

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In photos: Civilians armed with machetes roam CAR capital

“Kilometre 5” (or Km-5) is normally a bustling business district in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. But since Christian militias started attacking the neighbourhood’s Muslim residents, Km-5 has become a lawless zone, with civilians only venturing outside when armed with machetes. Read more...

Sub-Saharan Africans in Tangiers revolt after migrant’s death

 
A migrant from Cameroon died after falling from the fourth floor of his residential building Wednesday during a police operation in the Boukhalef neighbourhood in Tangiers, Morocco. Other residents, most of them sub-Saharan migrants, immediately took to the street to claiming police brutality. Read more ...
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Four ways that citizen journalists are using drones

 
They’re not just for war or Amazon deliveries. As civilian drones become ever more affordable, people around the world are using them to highlight problems in their communities – problems that are sometimes best understood when filmed from above. Read more...
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Argentinian town hit by crime wave during police strike

 
The city of Córdoba turned into a lawless Wild West town from days gone by for nearly 24 hours earlier this week, with residents taking up arms to defend themselves against rampaging looters. Police officers were nowhere to be seen, for one simple reason: they had gone on strike. Our Observers were appalled by the police’s inaction. Read more...
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Are 'agent provocateurs' infiltrating Ukraine’s protest movement?

 
Since anti-government protests first broke out in Kiev, social media networks have been awash with rumours that so-called 'agent provocateurs' are provoking disorder in order to tarnish the image of the protest movement. Several amateur videos and photos appear to indicate that these individuals are linked to Ukraine's ruling party. Read more...
 

Video: Illegal dumping spoils Algerian tourist site

 
This video, shot in the province of Béjaïa, shows sanitation workers emptying dumpsters in the Kherrata gorges, one of northern Algeria’s most beautiful tourist sites. According to our Observer, this has been going on for several years now. Read more...
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