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Did the Syrian army and rebels join forces to operate a checkpoint?

 
In the past month, there have been several cases of temporary truces in the fighting between Syrian soldiers and the armed opposition, notably in the suburbs of the capital Damascus. In this context, Internet users have shared a screen grab from a video presented as being a checkpoint manned by both rebels and the army. According to some Syrian Observers, this collaboration, which would be unprecedented, is plausible, but seems to be embarrassing the rebels. 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...

Jihadist video condemning intervention in Syria exposed as fake

 
A video purporting to show jihadists condemning a possible western intervention in Syria has been making the rounds on social networks. However, we have determined that this video, which was relayed by several media outlets and generated much commentary online, was actually faked. Read more...

How a Syrian rebel stronghold fell into regime hands

 
Syrian Army soldiers have won control of the Khalidiya district in Homs, crushing one of the last rebel bastions in the central city that sits on the route linking Damascus with the coastal heartland of President Assad’s Alawite sect. The district had been surrounded by regime troops for a year, but in the last month they stepped up their assault, launching air attacks on a daily basis. With diminishing weapons supplies, the rebels were no longer able to maintain their near 2-year hold on Khalidiya. Read more...
 
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Renewed calls for jihad in Homs after Sunni shrine destroyed

 
The mausoleum of Khalid bin al Walid, one of the Prophet’s companions, was destroyed by shelling from the Syrian army on Monday, provoking outrage in the city of Homs. Rebel fighters there are now trying to use this incident to recruit new fighters via the Internet. Read more...

‘Fear no more the heat of the sun’: Shakespeare in S. Sudan

 
An improbable sight can be witnessed in Juba these days: South-Sudanese actors dressed in traditional garb reciting Shakespeare in Juba Arabic. They are part of South Sudan Theatre Company, which has been fighting tooth and nail to help the art of theatre thrive in a difficult environment. 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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Refugees face uncertainty as north and south Sudan wrestle for oil-rich Abyei

Abyei is just a small dot on the map of Sudan, yet the disputed border territory threatens to undermine the fragile peace agreement between the North and breakaway South. On May 21, northern troops seized control of the oil-rich area, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee. Our Observer witnessed the extremely dire situation of these refugees. Read more…

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Vivid paintings depict months of bloody civil conflict

 
While many Ivorian artists fled the violent civil strife that was sparked by November’s disputed presidential elections, one painter stayed in the country, determined to express his wartime experience. Read his account…
 
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