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Al Qaeda lures Syrian children into its new schools

 
Despite the war, some schools in rebel-held areas of Syria have managed to open their doors for the new academic year. Some of these schools are run by jihadist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an organisation allied with Al Qaeda. Read more...

Congolese soldiers desecrate rebel corpses

 
Since Sunday, the Congolese army and the M23 rebel movement have been engaged in fighting near Goma, in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Several photos show Congolese soldiers defiling rebel corpses. Read more...

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Congo rebels show off newly conquered village overlooking Goma

 
A week ago, the small farming village of Mutaho was in the news when violence broke out there between M23 rebels and the Congolese Army. Now in control of part of the village’s territory, the rebels invited journalists to come visit their new outpost, a small ghost town deserted by its inhabitants. Read more...
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Islamist rebels jumping ship in Gao, residents cautiously celebrate


The Islamist rebels who have occupied Gao since April 2012 are being driven out of the city following France’s decision last week to intervene militarily in its former colony. Gao is still not completely liberated, but residents have already begun celebrating in the streets and allowing themselves the small indulgences outlawed by the Islamist extremists’ strict interpretation of Sharia Law. Read more...
 
 

Ex-rebel forces seek revenge by locking Libyans in zoo cage, force-feeding them Gaddafi flag

 
The video shows a group of men, their wrists tied up, locked in a zoo cage. In their mouths are pieces of green cloth, which angry men standing around the cage order them to swallow. These shocking images were filmed at a zoo in the northern Libyan city of Misrata. They illustrate the lawlessness of militiamen who fought against former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and who now control large parts of the country. Read more…
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Reactions from our Observers in Tripoli as rebels fight for control

Our Observers on the ground describe what's happening in Tripoli as rebels fight for control of the capital. Read more...
 
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Rebels try to rid Benghazi of pro-Gaddafi infiltrators

 
In the wake of General Abdel Fattah Younes’ assassination last week, Libya’s opposition forces are trying to weed out infiltrators in rebel capital Benghazi, in eastern Libya. On Saturday, just three days after Younes’ death, National Transitional Council forces clashed with a group of armed men they alleged were loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, rounding up at least 63 men and killing 11. Our Observers in Benghazi call this operation a “victory,” and deny any divisions within the rebel camp. Read more…
 
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Amateur video shows West Papuans tortured by Indonesian army

 
Identified thanks to amateur videos, the three Indonesian soldiers who tortured West Papuans were sentenced to terms of up to ten months in prison by a court martial on January 24. Read more…
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Shishou residents up in arms over suspicious death

Authorities say he jumped from the third floor. Local residents say he was murdered. The death of a cook from central China's Shishou town caused an outburst of violence in the streets on Saturday, resulting in a harsh response from the riot police. And just in time to get past the censors, Web users have managed to pass on these images of events. Read more and see the photos...

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"This is a humanitarian disaster. I'm asking the world to have mercy on us"

Because the Sri Lankan army controls all acces to information in the war zone, it is hard to assess exactly how bad the humanitarian situation is around the last posts of the Tamil stronghold. An Observer called us on Thursday from Mullaitivu, a city just a few miles away from the Tamil-occupied territory. Read more...

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