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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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Chinese authorities clean rivers by polluting fields


Local authorities launched a massive effort to clean the waterways running through the Chinese province of Zhejiang in December 2013. While the rivers are visibly cleaner, our Observer says that some of the waste removed from the water has been tossed into fields belonging to local farmers. Read more...

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No, ISIS doesn’t issue passports


Over the past few days, a photo said to show one of the first passports issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the jihadist organisation that currently occupies a large swathe of Syria and Iraq, has been making the rounds on social media networks. Read more...
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The state of African schools seen through the eyes of our Observers


We asked several of our observers across Africa to tell us about the state of schools in their countries. They came back to us with stories of rundown classrooms and overcrowded facilities. Read more...

How I unraveled an African statue hoax

If there was a ranking of the craziest Internet swindles, this one might just win first place. A week ago, I got a call from a stranger who tried to convince me to buy a collection of small statues in order to save a village in northern Gabon. I smelled a rat, but, intrigued, decided to play along...

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Image analysis shows Iraq's new jets are from Iran

The Iraqi air force appears to be using Sukhoi fighter jets camouflaged to hide the fact that they were sent from Iran. Read more...

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In CAR, just watching the World Cup is a challenge


In the Central African Republic, a country devastated by war and crime, merely watching a World Cup game is a feat in and of itself. Our Observers in the country share their experiences. Read more... 

Police arrest hundreds of African migrants trying to flee Israel


Several hundred African asylum-seekers, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, were brutally arrested by Israeli authorities on Sunday evening after attempting to cross the border into Egypt. These men had walked out of their detention facility in Israel’s Negev desert, hoping that if they made it across the border, the United Nations might come to their aid. Our Observer, who witnessed the arrests, was shocked by the violence of the authorities’ intervention. Read more...
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A Chinese university makes students prettier, richer and...whiter?

“Hey, girls, college won’t just make you smarter… it will also make you prettier, richer and even whiter!” Chinese Internet users have been saying, making fun of a university in Beijing that published "before" and "after" photos of one of its students. Read more...

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Ebola epidemic in Guinea: 'People think it's made-up'


Three months after it first surfaced in Guinea, the Ebola virus epidemic – which has also hit Liberia and Sierra Leone – has been judged ‘out of control’ by Medecins Sans Frontieres. The virus has been eradicated from certain places only to spring up in others. For our Observers in Guinea, the real problem is raising public awareness. Read more...
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