Helping children overcome trauma of war through dance

Dance can help children recover from the trauma of war. That’s the belief and hope of the members of the project Bidna capoeira (which means “We want capoeira” in the Arabic spoken in Syria and the Palestinian Territories), who want to help children living in refugee camps in the Middle East discover this Brazilian discipline, which is somewhere between a dance and a martial art, and promotes cooperation. Read more...

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Protests in Angola: 'Police are even torturing women now'

The Angolan capital Luanda bristled with tension this weekend, marking the one-year anniversary since a young protester was killed by police. At least two protests were planned, one to memorialise his death and another to call for the end to President Eduardo Dos Santos’s 35-year rule. Police were on edge and when several protesters tried to cross a barricade, they led a violent crackdown. A young woman filming the events was arrested. Her friend, who found her later that evening in horrible shape after being brutally tortured, tells her story. Read more...

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Why did Iran’s Revolutionary Guard impersonate IS fighters?

In the past days, Internet users who are fans of the Islamic State jihadist group have been widely sharing a photo on social networks, claiming it shows members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guide disguised as IS fighters in order to sneakily take Iraqi cities back from jihadists. But this photo is not quite what they say it is…

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Syrian refugees in Greece demand 'decent' living conditions

About 200 Syrian refugees have been protesting night and day for the past week in front of the parliament building in Athens. They are demanding that the Greek government give refugees and asylum seekers a warmer reception: most of them get no aid for food, housing or medical costs. On Monday, the protesters began a hunger strike in a desperate plea to make their voices heard. Read more...

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Saudi Arabia’s deadly manholes


If you visit Saudi Arabia, remember to keep an eye on the ground where it’s not uncommon to find uncovered manholes in the streets. The Saudis call them “death holes,” because they have recently been the cause of several fatal accidents. Read more...
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90-year-old US veteran faces jail for feeding homeless


Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old veteran who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ia a champion of civil rights and has served meals to the homeless on a public beach every week for the past 23 years… an activity that the city has just declared illegal. Despite threats of arrest, this veteran is determined to keep on serving. Read more...
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Opposition-held Aleppo workers protest unpaid wages


Rumbling social discontent boiled over this week in zones held by the Syrian opposition in the northern city of Aleppo. Dozens of workers, angry about frequent delays in their salary payments, have organised numerous sit-ins at the interim government’s headquarters. Read more…

DR Congo’s locusts: A love-hate relationship


Locusts invaded the city of Butembo, in northeastern DR Congo, on Wednesday evening. Overjoyed residents scrambled to catch them in order to eat them or sell them, like every year. Read more...
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Stories from a village terrorised by Boko Haram


The attacks of Islamist group Boko Haram continue in northeastern Nigeria and the government seems unable to stop them. Our Observer returned to his home state and was shocked to see scores of soldiers and refugees and to hear firsthand of the terror experienced by his family and friends. Read more...
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‘White helmets’, the Syrian men and women braving bombs to save lives


In Syria, they’re known as the Syrian Civil Defense. Elsewhere, they’re called the “white helmets”, which is what they wear during their rescue operations. For almost two years now, these volunteers have been saving lives day in and day out in areas bombarded by the Syrian regime. Read more…
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