Fake photo of ‘dead’ Islamic State leader circulates online

An image showing a corpse that looks like Islamic State organisation leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been making the rounds online over the past few days. However, it is fake: Al-Baghdadi’s face has been photoshopped onto another man’s body. Read more...

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Video: Calais migrants taking increasing risks to reach UK


For the migrants who have reached the French port of Calais, reaching England is an obsession.They are willing to take any risks to reach this El Dorado, as is clearly demonstrated in this video which shows dozens of migrants attempting to climb into moving vehicles on the national highway. Read more…

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The Iranian commander on the frontline against IS


Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani has reportedly been caught on camera in the Iraqi city of Amerli, fuelling rumours that the top military mastermind is in the frontline city, working with the United States to push back militants from the Islamic State organization (IS). Read more...
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Smartphone film capturing daily sexual harassment in Cairo goes viral


What is it like for a woman to walk alone through the streets of Cairo ? A young Egyptian journalist used a hidden camera to capture the reaction of passers-by as she walked through the Egyptian capital. Read more... 
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Dancing Iranian woman: how to create a buzz out of nothing


A video of an Iranian woman removing her hijab and dancing has been widely shared by news media in the past few days. Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari (who is Iranian-American) wrote an article praising the woman’s courage, calling the “new, viral” video “the latest example of women defying the Islamic republic’s strict religious code.” But the video is at least four years old. Moreover, it is very likely that the woman had no idea her personal video was being uploaded to YouTube. Read more...
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Video: British man assaulted by Saudi religious police


A video showing a Saudi religious police officer jumping on the back of a British man and then hitting him has been shared widely on social media since Sunday. The video has provoked widespread outrage in Saudi Arabia, where the religious police are often accused of abusing their power. Read more...
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Cape Town taxis protest for ‘right to break law’


The taxis of Cape Town went on strike Monday after they said that City Hall was clamping down too harshly on traffic infractions. The strikes quickly descended into violence: one man died and many local buses were burned. Our Observer explains why the taxis are so angry and so powerful. Read more...
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Black Africans in Tangiers targeted by racist raids and machete attacks


A spate of violent stabbings took place this week in the Boukhalef neighbourhood of Tangiers, a residential area primarily populated by undocumented black Africans waiting to immigrate to Europe. Several residents, shaken up by the attacks, shared their experience with FRANCE 24. Read more...

Sanctions-hit Iranians put their own twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge


For the past month, people all over the world have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign launched to raise money for research into a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare terminal illness. But for Iranians eager to dump cold water on their friends in the name of charity, there’s a snag. Read more…
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'How I survived Ebola'


Senga Omeonga is doing better. Much better. Three weeks ago, FRANCE 24 interviewed this Congolese doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Monrovia, Liberia. At the time, he was wasting away in the hallway of a hospital, without any treatment or even food. Today, while he still feels weak, he no longer has the virus. He told us about his journey to hell and back. Read more…
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