Afghans deride alleged 'sheep-stuffing' election fraud


While angry protesters continue to decry alleged wide-scale fraud during Afghanistan’s presidential elections, they’re also finding a sliver of humour in the situation. A leaked phone recording, purportedly of the country’s electoral commission head, has given rise to numerous gags about “stuffing sheep”, less-than-subtle code words used to allude to ballot-stuffing. Read more...
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A Chinese university makes students prettier, richer and...whiter?

“Hey, girls, college won’t just make you smarter… it will also make you prettier, richer and even whiter!” Chinese Internet users have been saying, making fun of a university in Beijing that published "before" and "after" photos of one of its students. Read more...

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Ebola epidemic in Guinea: 'People think it's made-up'


Three months after it first surfaced in Guinea, the Ebola virus epidemic – which has also hit Liberia and Sierra Leone – has been judged ‘out of control’ by Medecins Sans Frontieres. The virus has been eradicated from certain places only to spring up in others. For our Observers in Guinea, the real problem is raising public awareness. Read more...

Video: Cameroon player harassed after his return from World Cup


Cameroon’s football team was eliminated from the World Cup on Monday after losing to Brazil 4-1. The Lions, as the team is called, exited the competition with 0 points, 9 goals against them and only one goal scored. This was not to their fans’ liking, especially since before the start of the World Cup, the players had for a time refused to go to Brazil because they weren’t satisfied with the amount of prize money on offer. Read more...
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The never-ending struggle of a Kenyan village beset by lead poisoning


Residents of a poor district in Mombasa accuse Kenya’s government of ignoring their pleas for help after toxic waste from a nearby smelter caused three deaths and untold suffering. Although the factory was finally forced to move after seven years, the community still endures the consequences. Read more...
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Former street kid-turned-photographer captures mob justice in Dakar


Photographer Sada Tangara has spent the better part of the last two years hanging around the most crime-ridden neighbourhoods of Dakar, Senegal’s capital. His goal is to bring to light the beatings and lynchings that delinquents face when they are caught up in mob justice. Read more...
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Iranian musicians start using the streets as a stage

 
Until recently, it was highly unusual to see musicians playing in the streets of Iran. But over the past year, they’ve become a rather common sight – and they’re not all trying to make money. Many established artists are doing this just for fun, says our Observer, who has catalogued this trend by posting hundreds of videos of street musicians on Facebook. Read more...
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‘Most-photographed house in Africa’ slated for demolition

Kenyans are rallying online to save Nairobi’s legendary ‘Heritage House’ from being demolished to make way for a modern railway line. The House – which is claimed to be the most photographed in Africa – is a museum of ancient wonders that showcases the continent’s extraordinarily rich past. Read more...

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Indigenous Canadians take on oil tankers with massive crochet chain

Distraught at the idea of oil tankers passing right next to their land, women from Canada's Gitga’at Nation in British Columbia decided to use their talent for crochet to stage a symbolic protest. For months, they worked on a multi-colored crochet chain no less than seven kilometres long. On Friday, they stretched it across the channel where tankers may soon navigate. Read more...

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Fear grows in London suburb after alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang attack

 
Community leaders in a north London suburb have issued an appeal for calm after an alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang assaulted festival-goers on Saturday. Local residents in Tottenham say the group has been growing in size and influence for the past three years – culminating in this weekend’s bloody attack. Read more...
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