Video: Bahrain security forces shoot directly at protester’s face


A video has emerged showing Bahrain security forces appearing to shoot a protester in the face at close range, using birdshots. According to activists, the video was filmed Tuesday in the capital Manama's suburb of Bilad al-Qadeem, which has seen daily protests ever since opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman was arrested in late December. Read more...
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Algeria’s fracking deepens divide between population and govt

Since the beginning of the year, protests have been intensifying in In Salah, a town located in the Algerian Sahara where the government launched its first shale extraction – or “fracking” – operation at the end of December. The locals fear the environmental consequences of this controversial form of shale gas extraction and denounce the government’s failure to engage residents in any dialogue. Read more...

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Iran’s wetlands: a ‘real massacre’ for migratory birds


Every fall, millions of migratory birds from all over Europe head to Iran. One of their favoured destinations is the wetlands near Fereydunkenar, in the country’s north. Some of the birds stay there; for others, it’s just a pit stop on their way south. It is illegal to hunt them, but many locals do, and the latest reports are appalling: an estimated one million migratory birds were killed this past year in Fereydunkenar, which amounts to half of all those who sought refuge there. Read more…
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Cockroaches and blood on the floor: the worrying state of Algerian hospitals


When Kamel Mensari began going regularly to the Pierre and Marie Curie Centre (CPMC) in Algiers to visit a cousin with cancer, he was shocked by the hospital’s unsanitary conditions. Though it is one of the biggest cancer treatment centres in Algeria, Mensari reported that its walls are crumbling and that he saw blood on the floor of the toilets. Read more...

Kenyan children tear-gassed while trying to reclaim playground

Police in the Kenyan capital Nairobi fired tear gas at a crowd of primary school students on Monday as they tried to take back their playground, which was claimed by a private developer last month. Several children had to be taken to a nearby clinic for treatment. Read more…

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Ugandans fed up with pastors' doomsday preaching


Since December, pastors have flooded the dusty streets of the Ugandan capital of Kampala to spread an ominous message: the end of the world is coming. But their repeated doomsday prophesies are leaving much of the city's residents increasingly fed up. Read more...
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Protests flare in Armenia after family massacred


Hundreds of Armenians took to the streets on Wednesday and Thursday, demanding that a Russian soldier who confessed to killing six members of an Armenian family be turned over to the Armenian authorities. He is currently in the hands of the Russian military at their base in Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city. Read more…
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Lebanese police dismantle a prison’s ‘jihadist emirate’


Lebanese security forces evacuated a notorious prison wing on Monday which was believed to serve as a headquarters for jihadist prisoners. Nicknamed “the emirate”, the notorious Block B of Roumieh prison, near Beirut, was so dangerous that guards had been too afraid to enter it for months. Read more…
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A point-by-point rebuttal of 'Charlie Hebdo' conspiracy theories


The internet has been awash with conspiracy theories since last week's unprecedented attacks in Paris. Conspiracy theorists claim that the truth has been hidden, that the powers-that-be are orchestrating everything from up above. Some of their arguments may appear logical at first glance, but upon closer analysis they turn out to be entirely false. Read more...
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A Boko Haram massacre survivor’s harrowing account


A survivor of what is potentially Boko Haram’s deadliest massacre spoke to FRANCE 24 from northern Nigeria Tuesday, despite the unreliable phone network that often hinders communications from this part of Nigeria. Otunga (not his real name) told us how he managed to survive the carnage, and what he thinks lies ahead for the refugees now flooding into Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s northern state of Borno. Read more...
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