Daily power outages 'harrowing' experience for African World Cup fans

 
Power outages are a daily problem for a number of African cities. But when it takes place in the middle of a football match, which just happens to be part of the World Cup, it can be a very harrowing experience for fans. Read more…

ISIS jihadists put out Hollywood-style propaganda film

 
Aerial shots, slow-motion explosions, scenes filmed through a rifle’s crosshairs… You might think this is footage from a new summer blockbuster, but you would be wrong. It is, in fact, a new propaganda video produced by Sunni jihadists from the armed group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The extremely violent hour-long film was published online just days before ISIS launched a massive offensive in northern Iraq. Read more…
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In Mali, village elders’ wisdom soon to be delivered via smartphone

 
New technologies and ancestral traditions may seem like two completely different worlds. And yet, our Observer is aiming to change that through his new blog through which Malians can share rural culture and traditional sayings to preserve them for younger generations. Read more...
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Brazil’s 2014 World Cup: A tourist nightmare?

 
The World Cup this year embodies many hopes alongside just as many fears. On Thursday, at 4 p.m. local time, the Cup’s first game will begin at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena, in a very tense atmosphere. Here are some first impressions from tourists fresh off the plane...

Iranian students create drone that saves lives instead of dropping bombs

When the words ‘Iran’ and ‘drone’ are mentioned in the same sentence, it is usually to evoke Iranian military tests or the spectre of war with the US or Israel. But an Iranian inventor is upending that idea. He and his team have created a drone that is dedicated entirely to saving lives. Read more...

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Surfing starts to make waves in Liberia

 
Liberia may conjure up images of war more readily than sandy beaches, but it’s now being hailed as the best surfing destination in West Africa. In the past few years, the sport has started to catch on with locals, particularly in the town of Robersport, which has been graced with world-class waves. Read more...
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Video: Iraqi man reveals absurdities of Baghdad security checkpoints

Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. As a result, Iraqi cities are overrun by soldiers and policemen, and there are roadblocks everywhere. One Iraqi man decided to test these security measures, which turn out to be nothing but smoke and mirrors. Read more...

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Is this video of separatists executing two Ukrainian army officers staged?

 
The authenticity of a video that alleges to show the execution of two Ukrainian officers in the restive east of the country is under heavy scrutiny. In the footage, a masked man shoots two men hooded and facing the wall after a separatist leader – identified as Igor Bezler – addresses the camera and gives the order to fire. Read more…
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Afghan migrants offered $500 by Iran to fight for Syrian regime

 
Iran has been accused of recruiting and sending Afghanistan’s Shia Muslims to fight alongside the Assad regime in war-torn Syria. Afghan migrants say they are being trained and deployed by the country’s notorious Revolutionary Guards. Two Afghans tell us more…

Have Democratic Republic of Congo rebels really surrendered?

 
Rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have been terrorising residents in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the end of the last decade. Now - under pressure from the Congolese army - roughly 100 rebels have now chosen to lay down their arms in North Kivu. But many locals say the so-called surrender is little more than a publicity stunt. Read more...
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