What's behind the rioting and looting in the US state of Missouri?


For two days, angry mobs have gone on the rampage in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after police shot and killed a black teenager. According to our Observer, racial tensions that have been simmering away for years are now starting to boil over. Read more...
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Congolese devastate own homes in cobalt mining rush

Hundreds of artisanal miners have flooded a neighbourhood of Kolwezi in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, after the discovery of a giant cobalt deposit. Our Observer explains how too much mining has effectively turned the ground into Swiss cheese – putting the whole neighborhood at risk. Read more...

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A young Spaniard fights ‘against fascism’ in Ukraine


Two young Spaniards recently arrived in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, which is currently the theatre of violent clashes between separatists and government forces. One of them, 27 years-old Rafael Munoz, spoke to FRANCE 24. He told us he wanted to fight against fascism, just like his forefathers did against Spain’s General Franco. Read more...
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Comic strips: Iran militia's weapon in its war on sex, drugs and alcohol


Iran’s fearsome Basij militia – a paramilitary squad loosely attached to the revolutionary guard – is hard at work imparting morality on the country’s youth. Using illustrated stories that mimic the style of comic strips, they aim to deter Iranians from living a ‘sinful’ Western lifestyle. Read more...
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On the front lines with the Kurdish militia in Syria


The Kurdish army in Syria, known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG), is battling ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Our Observer spent several days on the front lines in Syrian Kurdistan, with the militia known for relying heavily on female fighters. Read more...
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Meet the ‘Infoladies’: the women who get Bangladesh's villages connected


In Bangladesh, dozens of women on wheels are biking into remote villages and hooking poverty-stricken families up to the net. Thanks to ‘Infoladies’, tens of thousands of people are connecting with social media, chatting to loved ones, and getting government services. Read more...
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Video: Israeli soldiers cheer as explosives flatten mosque in Gaza


A video has emerged online showing Israeli soldiers cheering as explosives destroy a mosque allegedly linked to an underground tunnel network in Khuzaa, in the Gaza strip - a reaction the Israel Defence Force says the soldiers are perfectly entitled to. Read more…
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Beaten for turning on the TV: Video shows abuse of Egypt's orphans


A video showing the director of a Cairo orphanage beating young children has provoked outrage in Egypt. Egyptian authorities responded by quickly arresting the director. But our Observer says that to put an end to this kind of abuse, there must be more serious consequences for those who perpetrate violence against children. Read more...
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Amazon tribes threatened by violent land grabs


The photo is a rare one, but it reveals a worrisome trend. In late June, deep in the Brazilian Amazon, natives normally isolated from the modern world made contact with another tribe. It was a cry for help: they reported that drug traffickers had penetrated into their protected reserve and violently attacked them. Read more…
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Gaza ER doctor: ‘We treat several patients at once, on the same bed’


Nearly a month after the first airstrikes on Gaza, there is still no end in sight in the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Gaza’s civilians account for more than half the deaths there, and hundreds of them rush to local hospitals every day. FRANCE 24 spoke with an ER doctor who has been working in Gaza since 2000. Read more...
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