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Police in Guinea caught on video kicking child


Guinean police have been accused this week of beating children on the streets of Conakry, just after security forces reportedly used live ammunition to put down anti-government protests. The claims of police brutality directed at children in the capital appear backed up by an amateur video of one such assault. Read more...
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Foreign shopkeepers targeted in Soweto looting spree


Dozens of shops owned by foreigners were attacked and looted last week in Soweto, a neighbourhood in southwest Johannesburg. The violence broke out after a youngster was killed by a Somali shopkeeper during an attempted robbery. Read more...

Machete-armed locals patrol cities after Beni massacre


After rebel attacks in the past few weeks killed 80 people, residents in numerous cities in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set up self-defence groups. These armed militias patrol at night and say that they are compensating for the powerless Congolese army and police force. But not everyone agrees. Read more...

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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