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Banned from sports stadiums, Iranian women get creative

 
Though most of the world is fixated on football right now, in Iran, people are more focused on volleyball. The Iranian national team, which has been playing very well, is drawing crowds in Tehran. The public is made up entirely of men, since the religious police forbid Iranian women from entering the stadiums. Some of them, however, have found created ways to get in. Read more...
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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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Iran swimmer’s time goes unrecorded: “Her bathing suit was too revealing”

 
An Iranian woman has taken on a difficult challenge: to swim as long as possible in open waters, where she has to wear a diving suit, a full jacket, and a headscarf. However, this was still not enough for the sports authorities, who she claims told her they could not record her latest swim because her outfit was too revealing. Read more…
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Senegalese wrestling: Where sport meets mysticism

 
“Balla Gaye II” vs. “Tapha Tine”: these names may not mean much to you, yet wrestling fans across Senegal will be glued to their screens when the two fighters go head-to-head on June 2nd. Senegalese wrestling, which combines mysticism with big bucks, is the country's favourite sport. A diehard fan introduces us to this unusual world of muscular demi-gods and magic charms. Read more...
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Thrown to the bulls: prisoners take part in maximum-security rodeo

 
In the state of Louisiana, rodeos aren’t just for cowboys. Prison inmates get in on the action, too. At the Angola Rodeo, crowds go wild as men serving life sentences try to tame infuriated bulls. Read more…
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Ain’t no building high enough for Russia’s “roofers”

 
They call themselves “roofers.” However, they don’t build roofs – they scale them. The higher the roof, the better. Read more…
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India's cricket diplomacy 'just a PR stunt'

 
India beat Pakistan on Wednesday March 30th to reach the final of the Cricket World Cup, sparking scenes of jubilation throughout India. The match was also used as a diplomatic opportunity by India, whose relations with Pakistan have historically been strained. But our Observers doubt that such ‘cricket diplomacy’ can work. Read more…
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Russians suspicious over Putin’s 2014 Olympic mascot pick

 
An Internet outcry followed the announcement of the 2014 Winter Olympic mascots in Sochi, Russia, after a selection process that has left the government of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin mired in allegations of political meddling. Many in Russia’s blogosphere question the legitimacy of the results after Putin’s unpopular pick won first place. Read more...
 
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Rope jumping: even better than Russian roulette

Young Russians have found a new way to add a little spice to their life: rope jumping. This unauthorised extreme sport is not unlike bungee jumping, except for two significant details: you don’t jump in an open, natural space, but off a city rooftop. And you don’t use an elastic cord, but a mountain climbing rope. Read more and watch the videos...

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