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Iranians shave heads to protest political prisoner ‘abuse’

 
Dozens of Iranians have sheared their hair in support of political prisoners held at a penitentiary in Tehran, who say guards beat them and shaved their heads last week. Read more...
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Clash of the cartoons in Ukrainian crisis

 
The crisis in Ukraine is not just playing out on the military level. The battle between pro-European and pro-Russian forces is also occurring via cartoons on social networks. Read more...

Police in China nearly beaten to death in citizen backlash

 
Several Chinese law enforcement officials were nearly beaten to death in the city of Cangnan after a brutal backlash by local residents. Riots broke out when five officers – known as ‘Chengguan’ – violently assaulted a man who refused to stop taking photos of them. Read more...
 
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Basketball falls victim to the CAR conflict

 
In Central African Republic, even sport has fallen victim to the country’s raging conflict. With the break-down of security hampering an already decaying infrastructure, the authorities have had no choice but to suspend the popular national basketball championship league since December 2013. Read more...
 

Angolans battle to save iconic theatre bridging past and present

 
There are many casualties in the rapid expansion of Luanda, the capital of Angola and now one of the most expensive cities in the world. One may soon be the Elinga Theatre. Its loss would deprive Luanda of a historical landmark and a social space that, according to our Observer, bridges the country's political and socioeconomic divides. Read more...
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Iraq: your next holiday destination?

 
The word “Iraq” generally evokes images of al Qaeda, terrorism, sectarian strife, and so on. But what if there was another face of Iraq to explore? Our Observer is trying to prove exactly that. He believes that certain areas of the country that used to be tourist hotspots could relive their glory days. Read more…
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Moscow residents rally to save Soviet-era 'Eiffel Tower'

 
The Shukhov Tower is an iconic symbol of Moscow, much like the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. Yet the Russian government is on the verge of dismantling it. This strikes many Muscovites as an aberration, and an online campaign to save the tower has highlighted the absence of any kind of policy to protect Russia's cultural heritage. Read more...
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