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Witnesses recount deadly Eid stampede near Guinea capital


The concert was supposed to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but the festivities turned into a nightmare for those gathered on a beach in a suburb north of Guinea’s capital Conakry. At least 33 people died and dozens were injured in a huge stampede. Our Observers sent us photos documenting the tragedy and accused the organisers of making serious errors. Read more...

'It’s terrifying': testimony from Sierra Leone's ebola epicentre


With more than 200 deaths so far, including that of the country’s sole ebola expert, Sierra Leone has been hit hard by the virus’ spread. Our Observer, who lives in the disease’s epicentre, shares his fears. Read more...
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Iran allows rare opposition protest – against Israel


Ever since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Iranian government has organized anti-Zionist protests on the last Friday of Ramadan, known as Quds Day (‘Jerusalem Day’). The event typically included chants of “down with Israel” and “down with the USA”. This year, however, the government allowed a different kind of anti-Israel protest to be held a few days early – a more peaceful one, organised by opposition activists. Read more...
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Africa: What’s the latest trend where you live?



Low-cut jeans, Mohawks, nail art, jewelry, hats… What’s hip right now where you live? Whether it’s hairstyles, clothes, or accessories, we want to know! Send us your photos of the latest styles, whether they’re vintage or cutting-edge, and tell us a bit about them in your email.
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Israeli soldiers’ ‘fake wound’ rumours debunked


A set of photos has been spreading all over social media in the past week. Sometimes, the photos are reposted individually. However, they all send the same message: Israel is supposedly deceiving the world into thinking their soldiers are getting wounded in Gaza by using special effects makeup. Read more...
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ISIS confiscate belongings as Christians flee Mosul

In less than 48 hours, Christians left the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, after an ultimatum from the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). They fled precipitously, with almost nothing because most of their belongings were confiscated by the jihadists. Read more...

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Libya’s porous borders lead to illegal immigration boom

One of our Observer spoke to undocumented immigrants, many from Sudan, who had just crossed through Libya and were about to try their luck reaching Europe. They described how illegal immigration in Southern Libya has become big business for local militia groups. Read more...

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Bizarre rivalry: Which DR Congo town is the real ‘Little Paris’


Residents of Bandal and Lemba, two districts of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have both laid claim to the nickname of Congo’s “Little Paris.” The rivalry may seem odd but it has had surprisingly positive effects: it has sparked a competition to beautify both neighbourhoods to make them even more similar to the ‘City of Lights’. Read more...

World Cup finals: What Iranians didn’t get to see


On Sunday night, the final game of the World Cup was broadcast in Iran, but with a few seconds delay. That’s the amount of time censors needed to get rid of images they disapproved of… including the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Read more...
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Photo shows Israelis watching Gaza air strikes 'like it was cinema'


Relaxed on deck chairs, popcorn in hand, a group of Israelis sit down for the evening to watch Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza. For our Observer who took the photo, the scene reveals a lack of empathy until then "never seen before". Read more...
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