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Backlash against Google bus exposes San Francisco’s identity crisis

They’ve become a symbol of what some call the “techie invasion” in San Francisco. The big buses that Google employees who live in the city use to get to the tech giant’s headquarters in Silicon Valley have drawn the ire of activists who blame affluent tech sector workers for driving rents up in the city and pushing poorer residents out. Read more...

Americans accused of standing by while Afghan troops beat prisoner

 
A new video that appears to show Afghan soldiers beating a detainee under the gaze of American military personnel is starting to grab more attention. The footage has led two of our Observers to worry that crimes committed on the ground may go unpunished. Read more...

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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Colorado floods: “I saw pianos floating by my house”

The small town of Lyons, snuggled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, has seen some of the worst flooding in the state of Colorado. Our Observer, a Lyons resident, is one of the few that hasn't evacuated.  Read more...

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Cartoon explains everything you ever wanted to know about Iran

 
Ever had any questions about Iran? Now, you can ask her. Yes, her. Iran is represented as a smart, sassy cartoon lady on the blog “Ask Iran”, where she answers readers’ questions on everything from “Do all Iranians have dark hair?” to “Can you tell us more about Afro-Iranians?” Read more...

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Brooklynites in mock funeral over 'death' of local healthcare

 
Residents in Brooklyn, New York are fighting to save a local hospital threatened with closure – by mourning its death. On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters streamed over the Brooklyn Bridge in a mock funeral procession to draw attention to the plight of Long Island College Hospital. Some carried fake tombstones dabbed with bloody slogans: one read ‘Condos rise, Brooklyn dies,’ in reference to concerns that valuable hospital land could be flogged to developers. The hospital's location is considered prime real-estate. Read more...
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