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Belfast clashes: nationalist ire or 'recreational violence'?


Clashes between nationalist rioters and police dragged on for a fourth consecutive day in Belfast on Wednesday, with protesters throwing rocks, concrete slabs and petrol bombs at police, who responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. Read more...
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Kyrgyz army “fails to defend ethnic Uzbeks from Kyrgyz looters”

Violent clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks have left more than a hundred people killed and 1,500 injured in and around the city of Osh. An ethnic Kyrgyz and an ethnic Uzbek from the city give us their accounts of the situation. Read on...

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First amateur images of Osh riots

Twenty-six people have been killed and a state of emergency introduced in Kyrgyzstan's second biggest city after riots broke out late on Thursday night. Read more...

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Spiralling ethnic violence could spell disaster for Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan had slipped from the headlines after the April 7 uprising that ousted its president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev. But ethnic attacks which saw five people killed on Monday have brought the Central Asian country back under the spotlight. Our Observer in the capital Bishkek tells us why the recent unrest could spell disaster for the multi-ethnic nation. Read more...

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Bishkek's citizen militias keep looters at bay

The Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek is nursing its wounds after bloody clashes between anti-government rioters and police forces on Wednesday left 76 people dead. According to our Observers in Bishkek, the worst of the violence is now over, in part thanks to citizen vigilante groups. Read more...

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Fear and looting in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan's opposition party took power yesterday after violent clashes between demonstrators and government forces left at least 68 dead. Our Observer in the capital, Bishkek, tells us of alarming rumours circulating in the city today. Read more…

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China supplying Iran with riot control vehicles?

Riot control vehicles manufactured by a Chinese company may have been delivered to Iran a few weeks ago. The photo on the right was sent to us by one of our Observers and news of the alleged delivery is spreading fast on the Iranian web. We’re currently trying to verify the information. Read more…

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Post-bombing riots in Karachi “too well organised” to be spontaneous

Immediately after a suicide bomber detonated explosives during a Shiite procession in Karachi on Monday, riots took hold of a nearby district, leading locals to believe that the Shiite mourners were seeking immediate revenge. Some of our Observers in the area however say that the supposed riots were too well organised to have been instigated spontaneously. Read more...

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Kurdish Diaspora track the escalating violence in Turkey online

Violent clashes continued for a fifth day in Turkey following the constitutional court’s decision to outlaw the country's only Kurdish political party. Today, two protestors were reportedly shot dead. The Kurdish Diaspora are watching the events unfold through amateur videos posted online.. Read more and see the footage...

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Islamic sect leader filmed in custody before his killing

This video shows Nigerian Islamist militant Mohammed Yusuf just before he was handed over to the police. Hours later, he died. The footage of the sect leader being interrogated by the army strongly implies that the he was not killed in battle, as initially reported by the authorities. Watch the video…

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