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From Iran to DR Congo, our Observers share reactions to Obama’s win

 
As soon as Barack Obama’s re-election was announced, Internet users from around the world went online to react to the news. Our Observers sent us some of the most interesting comments they spotted, giving us an idea of how Obama’s win is viewed outside of the United States. Some are enthusiastic, others blasé, and yet others downright funny. Read more…

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Nigerian student lynching video prompts protests

 
Four students from the University of Port Harcourt, in southern Nigeria, were burned alive Friday by locals who accused them of being thieves. A horrific video of the scene has since surfaced online, angering their classmates, some of whom reportedly decided to get revenge by setting fires in the part of town where the young men were killed. Read more…

Nigerian women stopped from reaching Mecca: ‘We’re not living in the Prophet’s times!’

 
Saudi Arabia has begun expelling over a thousand Nigerian women who had come on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca because they were not accompanied by male guardians. Our Observer, a Nigerian blogger, denounces this as an outdated vision of Islam. Read more...
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Living in fear of Boko Haram: “I did not dare go to church”

 
As the Islamist militant group Boko Haram continues to terrorise northern Nigeria, residents of Kaduna are still reeling from the simultaneous bombing of three churches a week and a half ago. One of our Observers in Kaduna tells us these attacks convinced many Christians to leave town, while those who have stayed face an uncertain future. Read more...
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Nigerian students outraged at decision to rename University of Lagos

 
Students at the University of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, are fighting for the university to keep its name. For a second day in a row, they are holding protests against President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to rename it “Moshood Abiola University.” Read more...

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Lagos motorcycle-taxi ban dismays commuters

 
It was already hard enough getting around traffic-plagued Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. Now, however, it’s become even tougher: authorities have banned motorcycle-taxis in part of the city. While they have been accused of causing many accidents, these taxis are extremely popular with local residents, many of whom depend on this means of transportation in a city where paralysing traffic jams are the norm. Read more...

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Ivorian immigrant in Tripoli: “We blacks are brutalized because of our skin colour”

 
Sub-Saharan African immigrants living in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are greatly suffering from the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government and the arrival of anti-Gaddafi forces. One illegal immigrant from the Ivory Coast told FRANCE 24 that opposition fighters attack every black person they come across, because they think they are mercenaries working for the former regime. Read his account…
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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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Nigerian city torn by post-election religious violence

 
Violent riots broke out in northern Nigeria the day after President Goodluck Jonathan was re-elected on Saturday, April 16, and went on for several days. Although police say the clashes were based on political divides rather than ethnic or religious tensions, our Observers in the violence-ridden city of Kaduna tell a very different story. Read more...
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