Video: Less than diplomatic scenes at Syria peace talks

Heated disputes at the Syrian peace talks, known as Geneva-2, have been caught on camera in two videos shot behind the scenes at the conference. Read more...

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FRANCE 24 Observer killed in Pakistan bomb blast

 
Basit Ali, our main Observer in the city of Quetta in western Pakistan, was killed on Tuesday when a bomb struck a bus of Shiite pilgrims returning from Karbala, Iraq. Ali, who regularly sent us images from the region, witnessed the terrible reality of a city torn apart by terrorism by Baloch nationalists as well as Sunni extremists who attack the mainly Shiite Hazara people. Read his friends’ tributes...

Boy's death in S. African pit toilet highlights appalling school sanitation

 
A young boy has died in a South African school after falling into an open pit toilet and drowning. Unlike modern toilets, a pit latrine consists of a large pit dug below the toilet which collects human waste. In a country that paid billions to host the football World Cup four years ago, children are still going to schools that lack even basic toilets. Read more…
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Favela teens unwelcome in Brazil’s shopping centres

 
Tension is growing in Brazil over “rolezinhos” (“little strolls”), which are flash-mob style gatherings of teenagers from poor urban areas (favelas) in the country’s luxury shopping centres. Sometimes hundreds of teens meet in these malls, which are largely used by Brazil’s wealthy minority, to party, dance, and sing funk songs. Recently, the police sparked outrage after using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the teenagers. Read more…
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In images: Floodwaters wreak havoc in southern France

 
Torrential flooding has killed at least two people in the southern French province of Var, one of whom was reportedly swept away by floodwaters in his car. The coastal towns of Hyères and La Londe-les-Maures have been devastated by the downpours, which have been battering the region since Friday. Photos and videos posted on social media websites reveal the full extent of the damage. Read more...
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Spate of village chief killings hits northeast DR Congo

 
Since July, seven village chiefs have been killed in the Watalinga area, northeast Democratic Republic of Congo. These assassinations, which are the work of a militia called ADF-Nalu, have sent the local population into a panic. Read more...
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Refugees in Palestinian camp perish due to Syrian blockade

For several months now, the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in southern Damascus, has been blockaded by the Syrian regime in an attempt to root out rebel groups that have made it their base. This has left the refugees living there caught between the two sides and cut off from the rest of the world. Today, they’re in dire need of food and basic supplies. Read more...

Drug dealers clash in Iranian border city

 
In the poorest neighbourhoods of Zahedan, a city in southeastern Iran, daily clashes take place between drug gangs, which include women and young children. The drug trade is rife there, due to the city’s location near the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read more...
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Video: Israeli soldiers accused of 'collusion' in settler violence

 
Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank are being accused of complicity in an attack by settlers on a Palestinian village. In a video posted online, soldiers appear to stand idly by while masked settlers throw stones at the homes below. Read more...

Photographer creates 'Google street view' of North Korea

 
A Singaporean photographer has offered up one of the most unique glimpses yet of life inside North Korea. He's done it by capturing hidden corners of the country in a series of 360° photographs. And what's more, the country's authorities don't seem to have a problem with it. Read more...
 
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