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Acid attacks in Iran: ‘My sister won’t go outside anymore’


There have been at least four cases of acid attacks on women in the last two weeks in Isfahan, in central Iran. A rumour quickly spread throughout the city according to which the women were attacked because they weren’t covered up enough. This prompted several thousand residents to take to the streets in protest, and call on the authorities to act. Read more...
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Growing concern over fate of Tunisian journalists kidnapped in Libya


It’s been 50 days since Sofiene Chourabi, a Tunisian journalist and a FRANCE 24 Observer, was kidnapped along with a colleague while reporting in Libya. His friends and family fear the upcoming Tunisian elections and the chaos reigning in Libya will delay efforts to secure his release. Read more...
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Video: Spanish police beat African migrants at Melilla border


A video has emerged showing police beating up African migrants at the Spanish border. About 200 African migrants who were trying to get into Melilla - a Spanish enclave in northwest Morocco - were reportedly beaten up by Spain’s Guardia Civil (police) on October 15. Read more...
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Top Iranian human rights lawyer protests 'attack on profession'

Renowned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and a handful of her friends held a sit-in on Tuesday in Tehran to protest the bar association’s decision to ban her from working. They were also protesting increasing threats on the profession. Sotoudeh told FRANCE 24 she plans to protest every day until her demands are met. Read more...

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Priests race to save manuscripts from jihadists in Iraq

As fighters from the Islamic State group rampage across northern Syria and Iraq, a group of priests are racing against time to save what's left of the region's Christian heritage. Dominican Order priests have already managed to get many precious artifacts and manuscripts safely to Erbil in Kurdistan. Read more...

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Protests over missing Mexican students erupt into violence


There's still no word of what happened to the 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico at the end of September. Fellow students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college have organised mass protests to pressure authorities to step-up efforts to locate their missing classmates. As time passes, our Observer says protesters are becoming more and more radicalised. Read more...
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Ebola slams brakes on Sierra Leone's taxi industry


Sierra Leone’s ‘Okada riders’ are no ordinary taxi drivers. Many of the drivers, who whisk passengers around on motorbikes, were rebel fighters in the country’s brutal civil war that ended in 2002. But Ebola is slamming the brakes on Sierra Leone’s economy, and government efforts to contain this deadly virus have hit the drivers’ businesses. Read more...
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A doctor’s struggle on Kobane’s frontlines


Nearly a month after the start of the Islamic State (IS) organisation’s attack on Kobane, fighting continues to rage between the jihadists and Kurdish fighters trying to defend the city. Our Observer, a Kurdish doctor in Kobane’s only field hospital, is treating civilians and fighters with what little resources he has. Read more…
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Hawaiians battle telescope threatening ‘sacred volcano’

Astronomers had planned to celebrate the groundbreaking on the biggest telescope in the world in Hawaii last week. But activists opposed to its construction had other ideas. Read more...

Photo of ‘American soldier fighting with IS group’ is fake

In this low-quality photo, a fighter for the Islamic State group (IS) bears a tattoo that says “United Sates Army”. The photo rapidly went viral; however, it isn’t real. This manipulated image is just one example of many online efforts to try to get people to believe that the United States is behind the rise of the IS group. Read more...

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