Video: Islamic State militants humiliate Syrian soldiers before their execution

The Islamic State organisation (IS) has once again used social networks to broadcast its brutal propaganda. On Tuesday, the jihadist group published a new video showing a line of Syrian army soldiers being made to walk in their underwear in the desert. A source within IS told FRANCE 24 that these men were later executed. Read more...


Acid spill in Mexican rivers ruining farmers' livelihoods

Three weeks after a massive acid spill turned Mexico’s Sonora and Bacanuchi rivers bright orange, tens of thousands of people who live alongside them are suffering from dire water shortages. A cattle rancher tells us this is destroying locals’ livelihoods. Read more…

Crimea is being forced into 'Russification'

Nearly six months after its annexation by Russia, Crimea – formerly an autonomous region in Ukraine – is rapidly undergoing “Russification”. Although the Russian-speaking majority appears satisfied with this change, the Ukrainian-speaking minority says it is being discriminated against by the new regime. On Sunday, a small group who gathered to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day were stopped by the police. Read more...

Video: Tunisian policeman assaults theft victim for “wasting his time”

This footage shows a resident of Tunis that had gone to the police station to report the theft of his wallet being attacked by a policeman who felt the man was “wasting his time”. Read more...

A soap bucket challenge… to prevent Ebola

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”… A resident of Abidjan, Édith Brou, has taken this saying to heart. Given the risk of the deadly Ebola virus soon reaching Ivory Coast, Brou is seeking to raise awareness about hygiene-based preventative measures via an online video campaign. Read more...

From Africa to Asia, the scaly anteater is being hunted to extinction

The pangolin is the only truly scaled mammal in the world and is, fittingly, nicknamed the scaly anteater. In Gabon, where its meat is particularly popular, and, in Vietnam, where its scales are thought to have healing powers, our Observers have been raising the alarm about a sharp increase in the poaching of this animal on the brink of extinction. Read more..


“Painting on death” in war-torn Syria

As the war in Syria drags on, its citizens must cope with the so-called new normal of violence, shortages, air raids and lack of basic amenities. This is the story of one Syrian artist, who uses old artillery shells and casings to create something beautiful in the besieged suburb of Douma. Read more...

Bangladeshi villagers up to their knees in climate change

Each year, more and more land is flooded around the coastal village of Chittatong in southern Bangladesh. The water is rising around this low-lying nation,which is one of the places most affected by climate change. Our Observer used photos to show the disastrous effects global warming has on the daily life of local people. Read more...


Training for the zombie apocalypse: fun, games – and serious skills

Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Instead of waiting to find out, some people are getting ready by going to zombie preparedness camps, where they learn all the skills they might need to outlive the undead. Read more…

Behind the scenes of Benin’s online 'healing' scams

“I am a marabout healer with 30 years of experience, and I can make any woman fall madly in love with you and even multiply the number of bills in your wallet.” You might have seen this type of claim in your inbox or your Facebook messages. We decided to delve deeper into these absurd— and sometimes inadvertently hilarious—claims. Read more...