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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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From oasis to wasteland: how Iran's Hamoun Wetlands dried up


The Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, once known as 'Iran’s granary', and home to the Hamoun Wetlands, is now a dustbowl. In the place of what was once a thriving oasis, powerful sandstorms have buried villages and ruined livelihoods. Read more…
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Children at the heart of Ukraine’s image propaganda war

A little girl lost as war rages in the Ukrainian city of Donbass - at least, that’s what some internet users would like you to believe. It’s actually a little Australian girl paddling in mud with her puppy in 2010. And it’s just one example of many attempts at manipulation currently making the rounds online. Read more...

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Video: ultra-nationalist militants fighting alongside Ukraine’s army


The Ukrainian army made stunning gains over the weekend, overrunning pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk after months of bitter fighting. But according to new video, members of Right Sector – an extremist group - are battling alongside regular army soldiers. Read more...
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How Tel Aviv residents take cover from rockets


Since Tuesday, the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has been the target of rocket fire from Gaza for the first time since November 2012. While the scream of sirens and the deafening noise of explosions have both surprised and scared residents, our Observer says that people know how to protect themselves. Read more...

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San Francisco homeless get a lesson in marketing


A man from San Francisco is drawing attention to a crisis that has become little more than an everyday fixture in cities across the world: homelessness. For Anthony Bustos, what homeless people need from him isn’t money - but a better sign. Read more...
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