The woman encouraging a hijab revolution in Iran

Over the past week, women in Iran have been posting photos of themselves without their hijabs on a Facebook page called “Stealthy Freedoms”, which has already garnered nearly 130,000 likes. We asked the woman who launched the page about the meaning behind this defiant gesture. Read more…

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Fake schoolgirl stoning video goes viral, as fury mounts at Nigerian govt

 
A gruesome video showing a schoolgirl apparently being stoned to death went viral in Nigeria on Thursday, with many believing claims that it shows Islamist militants from Boko Haram stoning one of the 200 children they kidnapped in Chibok, northern Nigeria three weeks ago. However, FRANCE 24 can confirm that this video was in fact published back in early 2013 on several websites, and likely shows a stoning in Somalia that dates back several years. Read more…
 
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Can a TV show reconcile CAR's Muslims and Christians?

 
A hundred days into the first term of the new Central African Republic's president, Catherine Samba Panza, Christian-Muslim reconciliation remains as thorny a topic as ever. In an attempt at peace-building, local journalists and artists are trying to launch a TV series to help their fellow citizens patch over their differences – and this is proving to be no mean feat. Read more...
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Afghans criticise govt’s ‘insulting’ landslide response

 
Many Afghans are questioning why the authorities gave up so quickly in the search for victims of Friday’s deadly landslides in the country’s northeast, leaving locals and volunteers to keep digging on their own. Less than a day after tragedy hit, officials had already put a halt to search and rescue efforts. Read more…
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Video: Hospital targeted by bombs in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

 
They thought they were reporting on a religious ceremony, but instead they captured a bombing on camera. Citizen journalists were filming at the only hospital in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan province, where Sudan’s army is battling rebels, when it was bombed by military jets, according to doctors there. Read more…
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Father of kidnapped schoolgirl speaks out: ‘If she’s alive, she’s a slave’

 
Nigerians are growing impatient over the fate of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped three weeks ago by Boko Haram insurgents. Protesters are now holding gatherings on a daily basis in the capital to pressure authorities to find them. FRANCE 24 spoke to the father of one of the missing girls, who says he is outraged by the lack of progress. Read more...
 
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Survival recipes from Syrian rebels under siege

 
Thanks to an agreement between the Syrian regime and the opposition, hundreds of Syrian rebels are set to be evacuated from the old city of Homs, which has been under siege by the regular army. Rebels and civilians alike have been starved after a two-year-long blockade of the city, which has forced them to subsist on olives and herbs for months at a time. To fight against this food shortage, a Homs rebel named Abou Omar has created clever recipes with unusual products, and has been sharing these recipes on social networks. Read more...
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Backlash against ‘immoral’ Iraq trend of kissing politicians’ posters

 
Although the issue of security was foremost in most people’s minds during the lead-up to Iraq’s legislative elections, held on April 30, some Iraqis were preoccupied with a rather different issue – kissing posters of female candidates. This phenomenon quickly generated backlash. Read more…
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Video: Police beat up man who refused to pay bribe

 
A video filmed by one of our Observers shows a car washer being beat up by four police officers in the streets of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, on Tuesday. Our Observers says the young man was attacked because he refused to pay the police a bribe. Read more....
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Dogs hanged on French island overrun by strays

 
Koungou, a town of just over 26,000 people in the north-west of the French overseas department of Mayotte, has been overrun with stray dogs. With authorities failing struggling to deal with the problem, some residents have decided to deal with it on their own. Read more...
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