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Sierra Leone’s three-day Ebola lockdown: An eyewitness account


A three-day lockdown began in Sierra Leone on Friday, where the entire population has been asked to stay home so health workers and volunteers can go door-to-door to try to identify cases of Ebola and halt the spread of this disease. In the middle of his rounds, one of these volunteers told FRANCE 24 by phone about the hurdles they face. Read more…
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Immunization teams 'negligent' in vaccines that killed Syrian children


Fifteen Syrian children died this week in Idlib province, in northern Syria, after receiving what was thought to be a measles vaccine during an immunization campaign sponsored by the opposition Syrian National Coalition. An investigation conducted by the opposition’s interim government showed that the children were injected with a strong anaesthetic instead of the measles vaccination. Bashar Kayal was a member of the investigation team and told FRANCE 24 about the circumstances of this “mistake”…
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'Graphic' Muslim Day Parade displays confuse some in NYC


This year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City featured local community leaders and Girl Scouts marching, but included a mannequin hanging from a noose, women locked up in a cage and a man on a golden chariot whipping others dressed in military garb, to the surprise of some onlookers. Read more...

Students rebuild homes amid militia fighting in Tripoli


The fighting in Tripoli has delayed its university’s opening for the new school year, but instead of sitting around, a group of students got together to fix-up homes destroyed in the ongoing conflict. Read more...
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China's cricket fight clubs: a lucrative business


The onset of autumn is highly anticipated by China's cricket fighting amateurs. Over one thousand years old, these traditional insect games are still popular today – and a whole industry has developed around these miniature duels. Read more…

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A childbirth odyssey in austerity-hit Greece


The island of Santorini, located in the Cyclades archipelago in southern Greece, is often said to be one of the world's most beautiful. But although it may be paradise on earth for tourists, it is less so for local residents. Our Observer there explains that she will be forced to give birth on the faraway mainland because Greece’s drastic austerity policies have severely diminished the medical services available on the island. Read more...
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Fake photo of ‘dead’ Islamic State leader circulates online

An image showing a corpse that looks like Islamic State organisation leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been making the rounds online over the past few days. However, it is fake: Al-Baghdadi’s face has been photoshopped onto another man’s body. Read more...

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Black Africans in Tangiers targeted by racist raids and machete attacks


A spate of violent stabbings took place this week in the Boukhalef neighbourhood of Tangiers, a residential area primarily populated by undocumented black Africans waiting to immigrate to Europe. Several residents, shaken up by the attacks, shared their experience with FRANCE 24. Read more...

'How I survived Ebola'


Senga Omeonga is doing better. Much better. Three weeks ago, FRANCE 24 interviewed this Congolese doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Monrovia, Liberia. At the time, he was wasting away in the hallway of a hospital, without any treatment or even food. Today, while he still feels weak, he no longer has the virus. He told us about his journey to hell and back. Read more…
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Discover the latest in African fashion, straight from our Observers

Our Observers from all over Africa have sent us photos of the latest hip, swag, or otherwise fashionable trends from their countries. We’ve selected some of the latest styles to share with our readers. See photos...

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