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'Graphic' Muslim Day Parade displays confuse some in NYC


This year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City featured local community leaders and Girl Scouts marching, but included a mannequin hanging from a noose, women locked up in a cage and a man on a golden chariot whipping others dressed in military garb, to the surprise of some onlookers. Read more...

Gay youths help one another by posting coming-out videos online


A disturbing video of a 19-year-old man being physically and verbally abused by his family after admitting he was gay caused a stir in American LGBT social media circles when it surfaced online two weeks ago. But it’s far from the only one – many young LGBT youth are sharing videos of their coming-outs, whether they encounter negative or positive reactions, in an effort to help others muster the courage to come out too. Read more...

Training for the zombie apocalypse: fun, games – and serious skills


Would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Instead of waiting to find out, some people are getting ready by going to zombie preparedness camps, where they learn all the skills they might need to outlive the undead. Read more…
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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown…which photo would the media use?

In the wake of this week's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, hundreds of young black men and women have posted photos of themselves to Twitter with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. The phrase is shorthand for the question many are asking themselves: If the police gunned me down, which photo of me would the media publish? Read more...

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What's behind the rioting and looting in the US state of Missouri?


For two days, angry mobs have gone on the rampage in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after police shot and killed a black teenager. According to our Observer, racial tensions that have been simmering away for years are now starting to boil over. Read more...
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Indignation after New Yorker dies following police chokehold


The New York Police Department outlawed the use of chokeholds in 1993. Yet this technique was nevertheless used last Thursday by a NYPD officer during the arrest of Eric Garner, an asthmatic man who died soon thereafter of a heart attack. Read more...

San Francisco homeless get a lesson in marketing


A man from San Francisco is drawing attention to a crisis that has become little more than an everyday fixture in cities across the world: homelessness. For Anthony Bustos, what homeless people need from him isn’t money - but a better sign. Read more...
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Surge in Central America minors trying to cross desert into US

 
The US government has recorded a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southern US border from Central America. Our Observers at the border are seeing more children try to make the dangerous crossing into the US through the Sonoran desert. These children, younger than ever before, say that they are fleeing for their lives. Read more...
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