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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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Lynching of Shiite Egyptians caused by “rise in hate speech”

 
Disturbing videos have emerged of a deadly lynching of four men in Egypt on Sunday. The footage shows a group of attackers being beating the men to death, and then dragging their lifeless bodies down a street. All four of those killed were Shiite Muslims. Read more…
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Congo rebels show off newly conquered village overlooking Goma

 
A week ago, the small farming village of Mutaho was in the news when violence broke out there between M23 rebels and the Congolese Army. Now in control of part of the village’s territory, the rebels invited journalists to come visit their new outpost, a small ghost town deserted by its inhabitants. Read more...
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Hit, kicked and bruised: beatings at Russian women’s prison caught on video

 
A Russian prison official has been placed in detention for at least two months after footage of him punching, kicking and pulling the hair of female inmates was leaked online, sparking outrage and calling the country’s penal system into question. Watch the videos…
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