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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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Teachers share photos of 'disgusting' Los Angeles schools on Facebook

 
While officials roll out one billion dollars worth of iPads to Los Angeles students, teachers are flagging up a more pressing issue: the appalling state of city schools. From dead rats to broken toilet fixtures, they’re using the Facebook page ‘Repairs not iPads’ to post their photographic proof. Read more...
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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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