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Immigrant’s death shines light on 'hunt' for foreigners in Angola


An undocumented shopkeeper from Guinea-Bissau was fleeing Angolan police in the capital city Luanda when he was hit by a taxi and killed. His death has provoked anger and outcry from the country’s West African immigrant community, who say they are harassed on a daily basis by police. Read more...
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Moroccan activists fight to give dead migrants dignified burial


At least 700 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean sea after their boat sunk on Saturday evening. There were only 28 survivors, and only 24 bodies were recovered, according to the Italian coast guard. This follows Monday’s tragedy, which saw another 400 people lose their lives. Each time, only a tiny number of bodies are ever recovered. The rest either lie on the seabed or wash up on the shores of Mediterranean countries like Morocco, where fellow migrants and activists struggle to give as many as they can a dignified burial. Read more...
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Running a marathon – in North Korea

If there’s one thing people like to post photos of on Instagram, it’s marathons. (OK, three things – marathons, babies, and food). But with marathon pictures becoming so commonplace, some have found a new way to stand out: by running a marathon hosted by a dictatorial regime, namely North Korea. Read more...

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Iran mistakenly promotes hijab with ancient bas-relief of veiled men


This poster displayed in the streets of the Iranian capital Tehran features an image of an ancient Persian sculpture alongside a message praising the merits of the Islamic veil, or hijab. The veiled figures in the bas-relief are supposed to demonstrate that Iranian women have been covering their heads for centuries. However, if you look a little closer, you can see that the veiled people aren’t actually women. Read more…
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The Yarmouk activist hunted by IS group jihadists

Since the Islamic State organisation (IS) launched an offensive on the Yarmouk refugee camp in the suburbs of Damascus, activists have gone into hiding to try to escape the jihadists’ roundups. One of them told FRANCE 24's Observers that he faces certain death if he is caught. Read more...

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The grimy reality of Morocco’s public hospitals


Blocked pipes, mouldy walls, wet blankets and a shortage of supplies: this is what users of Morocco's public health system have to deal with. Dozens of photos published on Facebook have shed light on the grime reality of the country's public hospitals. According to our Observer, a Moroccan doctor, it reveals a disastrous state of affairs that the government's privatisation plan won't be able to fix. Read more...
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Single mothers: pariahs of Moroccan society


In Morocco, sex outside marriage is forbidden and can even result in a prison sentence. This law only serves to increase the stigmatization of single mothers. These women are often abandoned by the fathers of their children and ostracised by other members of society. Read more...
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China’s future footballers miss the target by a long shot


China's president recently announced his country's intention to host a football World Cup in the near future. In order to become a world champion football nation, Chinese officials are doing their best to introduce the “joys of the round ball” to the youth. There's just one problem: the methods being used are somewhat surprising to say the least. Read more...

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