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‘White helmets’, the Syrian men and women braving bombs to save lives


In Syria, they’re known as the Syrian Civil Defense. Elsewhere, they’re called the “white helmets”, which is what they wear during their rescue operations. For almost two years now, these volunteers have been saving lives day in and day out in areas bombarded by the Syrian regime. Read more…
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German neo-Nazis tricked into fundraising for anti-Nazi charity

Neo-Nazis hold a parade celebrating the life of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s right hand man every year in the German town of Wunsiedel. However, the 10,000 residents of this Bavarian town are not happy hosts. Angry and embarrassed by this annual gathering, the townspeople decided that this year they’d turn the tables on the extremists. They launched a charity campaign whereby with every step the neo-Nazis marchers took they would unwittingly raise money for an NGO dedicated to fighting the extreme right. Read more...

Anti-Ebola kits sold on black market in Guinea


Over the past few months, the fruit and clothes sold at Conakry’s Madina market have been joined by health kits, chlorine, bedpans and gloves, to help protect against the Ebola virus gripping the country. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that the products that end up on the market are those that are normally distributed by NGOs, free of charge, to those most in need. Read more...

A rare glimpse into foreign maids’ lives in Singapore

Singapore’s more than 220,000 domestic workers don’t have an easy job. Far from their families and their homes – most hail from the Philippines, Indonesia, or Burma – they face long work days, little legal protection, and, sometimes, abuse at the hands of their employers. Many of them speak of feeling invisible in Singaporean society. A small group of them, however, are trying to change that by delving into photography as a way to show life from their vantage point. Read more...

Skaters take over Prague's underground highway

Prague's ‘Tunel Blanka’, at 6.4 kilometres in length, is the longest tunnel of any European city. However, it's not yet open to the public as its completion has been delayed time and time again. So in the absence of cars, Tunel Blanka has been put to alternative use: skateboarders from Prague have begun using it as an underground skate park. See photos...

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Benghazi: A city going up in smoke


The eastern Libyan city of Benghazi is the birthplace of the revolution that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and is considered by many to be Libya’s cultural capital. However, since mid-October, Benghazi has been transformed into a vast battlefield between the Islamist militias that control the city and the Libyan army, which is trying to push them out. With its deserted streets and buildings pockmarked by shells, Benghazi is hardly recognisable, says our Observer on the ground...
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African rappers sing ode to Russia's Putin


This rap duo comes from Zimbabwe and Kenya, they live in Moscow and they have become famous from a song paying homage to… Vladimir Putin, a feat all the more surprising given the prevalence of racism against Africans in Russia. Read more...

Rescuing dying dogs from Indonesian puppy mills


An intrepid group of animal defenders in Jakarta has gone on a mission to confiscate dogs from abusive dog breeders. Tipped off by neighbours, they locate hidden puppy mills, where pedigree dogs are made to breed excessively in highly unsanitary conditions. Then, they make their move. Read more...
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Yazidi women slaves: real plight, fake images


Many Yazidi women captured by the Islamic State (IS) group have been forced into slavery. After months of speculation while photos claiming to show their plight circulated online, the group finally confirmed these rumours in its online magazine Dabiq. However, all the photos of these slave women circulating on social networks are fake. Even though the jihadists boast about enslaving these women, they keep them hidden away. Read more...
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Deadly mob justice for a suspected rebel in North Kivu


An angry crowd of people in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo stoned a man suspected of belonging to an armed rebel group, before burning him alive. This act of extreme violence took place on October 31 in the city of Beni, which has been the target of numerous bloody rebel incursions in recent months. Read more…
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