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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...

20 amateur images that have helped make history

 
From the Normandy landings to the Arab Spring, the history of the 20th and 21st century has been caught on camera. There are of course plenty of propaganda videos and journalists’ reports, but key moments in history have also been captured by regular people who happened to be at the right place at the right time. See FRANCE 24's selection of the most striking amateur images in modern history...
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A vision of hell: The aftermath of a bombing in Iraq

 
At 6:30 am on Monday morning, Moutah Slemane, a resident of Al Amarah in southern Iraq, witnessed a bomb explosion — just one of the many fatal attacks that took place in the country in April. Stunned but safe, he picked himself up and started filming the chaos unfolding around him. Read more...
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In photos: “To Boston from Kabul, with love”

 
Following the Boston attacks, photos showing Afghans holding a sign reading “To Boston from Kabul, with love” started spreading on social networks. This touching show of support was launched by a photographer from Boston working in Afghanistan. Read more and see photos…

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One year after Gaddafi's downfall, Benghazi hit by mounting violence

 
A little more than one year after former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s downfall, a string of attacks have hit the country’s eastern city of Benghazi, also known as the “cradle of the revolution”. The surge in violence has prompted local authorities to take tight control of all communication, leaving many in the city feeling helpless. Read more...
 

Attack on police highlights Nigeria's growing security problem

At least two people were killed in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja on Thursday, June 16, by a suicide car bomb targeting police headquarters. The attack was quickly claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamist group based in the country’s north-east. According to our Observer in Abuja, the attack is just one more incidence of violence in a city that is increasingly unstable. Read more...

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Reports on triple bomb attack in southern China clouded by censorship

 
Bomb attacks targeted three local government buildings in the small Chinese town of Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province, on Thursday May 26 - killing two and injuring dozens. Although the event was initially reported by official state media, they soon went silent and all related information was mysteriously removed from the Web. Read more...

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Moscow attacks in amateur images

Two explosions ripped through the central metro stations of Lubyanka and Park Kultury at rush hour this morning, killing at least 37 people. As the day wears on, increasingly graphic images are emerging on the Web. Read more…

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Youth suicide bomber stopped in the nick of time

Guardians at the Shi’ite Al-Zahra mosque in Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, managed to stop a young suicide bomber on May 1, moments before he could set his explosive belt alight during Friday’s prayer. Read more...
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