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The grimy reality of Morocco’s public hospitals


Blocked pipes, mouldy walls, wet blankets and a shortage of supplies: this is what users of Morocco's public health system have to deal with. Dozens of photos published on Facebook have shed light on the grime reality of the country's public hospitals. According to our Observer, a Moroccan doctor, it reveals a disastrous state of affairs that the government's privatisation plan won't be able to fix. Read more...
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Single mothers: pariahs of Moroccan society


In Morocco, sex outside marriage is forbidden and can even result in a prison sentence. This law only serves to increase the stigmatization of single mothers. These women are often abandoned by the fathers of their children and ostracised by other members of society. Read more...
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China’s future footballers miss the target by a long shot


China's president recently announced his country's intention to host a football World Cup in the near future. In order to become a world champion football nation, Chinese officials are doing their best to introduce the “joys of the round ball” to the youth. There's just one problem: the methods being used are somewhat surprising to say the least. Read more...

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Tunisia attacks: 'Why I posted photos while the assault was underway'

Hidden away for two hours in a room in Tunis's Bardo museum, one man managed to take dozens of photos and post them online as terrorists launched an attack on the building. The images instantly began circulating on social media networks. He agreed to tell us how and why he did it...

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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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Tunisian artist creates children’s cinema centre to fight extremism


Welcome to Semmama cultural centre: a cinema with haystacks for seats and an arts studio in the middle of a cactus field. Created by a Tunisian artist, this unique venue aims to fight bring culture to one of Tunisia's most isolated and impoverished regions, which has become a breeding ground for extremism. Read more...
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Cameroon's president photoshopped into soldiers' funeral


Last Friday, Cameroonian authorities paid tribute to 38 soldiers recently killed while fighting against terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and against other militants in the Central African Republic. Three days later, an article was posted on the government's official website showing the president bowing before a soldier’s coffin. Read more...
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Protester recounts panic in Ferguson: 'It wasn't us!'


The town of Ferguson, Missouri, was once again thrown into the media’s spotlight on Wednesday. Two policemen were seriously wounded by shots fired by unknown assailants. Our Observer describes the tense atmosphere before and after the incident. Read more...
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Two teens lynched by Mali vigilante mob may have been innocent


Two Arab teenagers were brutally murdered by a lynch mob in the northern Malian city of Gao just hours after five people died in an attack in the capital Bamako on Saturday. The victims were burned alive, then disembowelled by a crowd that accused them of throwing a grenade at a police station. But the mob - hungry for vigilante justice - may have killed two innocent people. Read more...
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