Evangelical churches in Cameroon oppose polio vaccinations for children

 
The government has launched a massive polio immunisation campaign in western Cameroon to counter the disease, which primarily affects children. The operation has overall been successful but is nonetheless encountering pockets of resistance, including, notably, from evangelical churches that are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the vaccination of children. Read more...

Bahrain in shock after teenage boy killed in clashes

 
The village of Sitra, south of the Bahraini capital Manama, has been in shock following the death of a teenage boy last Wednesday during clashes between Shiite demonstrators and police. The boy had been filming the protests on behalf of opposition activists. Read more...
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Images from Kidal, Mali’s rebel bastion

 
Residents of the northern Malian town of Kidal have had a difficult week, with repeated clashes between the army and Tuareg armed groups. This violence, which erupted when the Malian prime minister visited the rebel bastion, has taken place far from any TV cameras. However, our Observers have been able to send us a few amateur images of the town, which is now under the control of the armed separatists. Read more...

Videos appear to show Israeli soldiers shoot live bullets at protesters

 
Two young Palestinian protesters were killed and two more were wounded during clashes with the Israeli soldiers on May 15 in Beituna, a town near Ramallah. While the Israeli army denied having used lethal weapons, surveillance videos have emerged showing the protesters shot by what appears to be live bullets. Read more...

Mob kills man for 'stealing genitals' in Burkina Faso

 
A man was killed by a mob Monday in Koudougou, a town in central Burkina Faso, after being accused of making another man’s penis “disappear”. It was not an isolated incident: there has been an increase in the number of these strange accusations being made in recent weeks. Read more...

TV stations off air in post-coup censorship

Several of our Observers in Thailand, where the military announced a takeover on Thursday, have sent us photos of their TV screens showing off-air channels. The country’s new rulers have ordered Thai TV and radio stations to stop broadcasting. A number of international channels have reportedly gone off air as well. Read more...

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Goma residents up in arms about ‘privatised’ access to lake

 
Lake Kivu is known as a haven for residents of Goma. Some go there for a swim; others earn money by doing odd jobs there. However, a recent decision by the government to grant plots of land to deserving soldiers has greatly reduced access to the site. Read more...
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'Forced' to sleep outside at Israel detention centre, migrants claim

Photos and videos taken at the Holot detention centre, in the middle of Israel’s Negev desert, show hundreds of African migrants protesting in the yard on Tuesday night. They were angered that nine new arrivals were forced to sleep outside due to overcrowding, they said. Read more…

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Benghazi attack: “A coup would be a huge step back”

 
Calm has returned to Benghazi, in eastern Libya, after a weekend of fighting. On Friday, a retired general launched an attack against Islamist militias accused of terrorising the city. However, Benghazi residents question his motives. Read more...

The mysterious origins of Iran's animated anti-Israel films

 
It’s an all-out war between Iran and Israel – in cartoon form. And Iran is winning, at least according to a string of explosion-filled propaganda films the country continues to release. Though Hassan Rohani’s government has sought to somewhat assuage tensions with Israel, these 3D animated films, which first appeared under his predecessor’s reign, keep on coming.  Read more...
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