Seven things Hong Kongers fear they could lose to China


Tens of thousands of people – half a million, according to organisers – took to the streets of Hong Kong Tuesday for a pro-democracy rally. Our Observers explain that they are afraid of losing many of the freedoms they enjoy in Hong Kong if the Chinese authorities gain more influence in the city’s affairs. Read more...

Eastern Ukraine shelling: 'I'm afraid to leave my basement'

Following Ukraine’s decision not to renew a ceasefire – which had already been broken on numerous occasions – hostilities with pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east intensified on Tuesday. Amateur photos taken in the town of Kramatorsk reportedly show a minibus damaged by the shelling, in which four civilians were killed and five wounded Tuesday morning, according to local authorities aligned with Kiev. A local resident tells FRANCE 24 how difficult life has become there. Read more...

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In CAR, just watching the World Cup is a challenge


In the Central African Republic, a country devastated by war and crime, merely watching a World Cup game is a feat in and of itself. Our Observers in the country share their experiences. Read more... 

Police arrest hundreds of African migrants trying to flee Israel


Several hundred African asylum-seekers, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, were brutally arrested by Israeli authorities on Sunday evening after attempting to cross the border into Egypt. These men had walked out of their detention facility in Israel’s Negev desert, hoping that if they made it across the border, the United Nations might come to their aid. Our Observer, who witnessed the arrests, was shocked by the violence of the authorities’ intervention. Read more...
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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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