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Acid attacks in Iran: ‘My sister won’t go outside anymore’


There have been at least four cases of acid attacks on women in the last two weeks in Isfahan, in central Iran. A rumour quickly spread throughout the city according to which the women were attacked because they weren’t covered up enough. This prompted several thousand residents to take to the streets in protest, and call on the authorities to act. Read more...
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Pygmies in 'mortal danger' in southern DR Congo


Pygmy people have been targeted in repeated attacks by armed Mai Mai groups made up by members of the Baluba tribe in Katanga province, in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our Observer met some Pygmies who fled their traditional forest homes to escape the ongoing violence. He says that they are facing “extermination.” 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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Fear grows in London suburb after alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang attack

 
Community leaders in a north London suburb have issued an appeal for calm after an alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang assaulted festival-goers on Saturday. Local residents in Tottenham say the group has been growing in size and influence for the past three years – culminating in this weekend’s bloody attack. Read more...
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Morocco’s 'Tcharmil': teenage show-offs or real-life gangsters?

 
Lately, in Morocco, the word “Tcharmil” has been on everyone’s lips, and in the headlines of national newspapers. Followers of this trend, who are typically young men, upload photos to social media networks that showcase their affinity for bling and a culture of violence. This trend has fed the paranoia of Casablanca’s residents: in Morocco’s capital, crime and insecurity are very real. Read more...

In photos: Civilians armed with machetes roam CAR capital

“Kilometre 5” (or Km-5) is normally a bustling business district in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. But since Christian militias started attacking the neighbourhood’s Muslim residents, Km-5 has become a lawless zone, with civilians only venturing outside when armed with machetes. Read more...

Electoral tensions in a ‘rebellious’ Mozambican city

 
On Saturday, during the run-up to a municipal election in the city of Beira, law enforcement officers were pitted against supporters of the outgoing mayor from the opposition party. Our Observer was an eyewitness to the events that took place. Read more...
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Caught on camera: Yemeni teacher gives 200 students a thrashing

 
A video of what initially appears to be a sport class quickly takes on a more disturbing tone. Amateur video footage from a high school in Taiz, southwest Yemen, shows a teacher giving students thrashings with a cane. Read more...

Caught on camera: Sao Paulo police shoots motorbike thief

This striking video illustrates the rampant crime problem in Brazil, as well as its police force’s take-no-prisoners response to it. The scene takes place in eastern Sao Paulo. A motorcycle rider with a camera attached to his helmet captures the moment he is stopped by a young man on a motorbike, who points a gun at his face. Watch the video...

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Iraqi police pit football field in bid to stop terrorist attacks

 
While travelling through downtown Baqubah, a city to the northwest of Baghdad, our Observer photographed this peculiar football field. At first, you might think the field is under construction — but you would be wrong. These holes and piles of dirt are in fact the latest in Iraqi anti-terrorism measures. Read more…
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