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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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Chinese staff of Nike, Adidas subcontractor slam conditions

 
In Dongguan, in southern China, the workers of the world’s largest producer of athletic shoes are seething. They accuse their employer, the Yue Yuen corporation, of making them sign contracts that fail to provide any kind of social protection. Read more...
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Venezuelans go naked in support of protester forced to strip

 
Venezuelans who use Twitter are suddenly seeing lots of photos of naked people popping up on their timelines. But the images are far from being porn. They are being posted in solidarity with a university student who was forced to strip naked and beaten during clashes in Caracas on Thursday. Read more...

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Ugandan engineer bets on bike-building to improve lives

 
A Ugandan whose life was changed by a bicycle is hoping to help bring the same experience to millions of other Ugandans. Chris, a young entrepreneur, is teaching local communities to build bikes from scrap metal, thus improving the lives of people living in isolated communities. Read more...
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