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From Africa to Asia, the scaly anteater is being hunted to extinction

The pangolin is the only truly scaled mammal in the world and is, fittingly, nicknamed the scaly anteater. In Gabon, where its meat is particularly popular, and, in Vietnam, where its scales are thought to have healing powers, our Observers have been raising the alarm about a sharp increase in the poaching of this animal on the brink of extinction. Read more..

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Bangladeshi villagers up to their knees in climate change

Each year, more and more land is flooded around the coastal village of Chittatong in southern Bangladesh. The water is rising around this low-lying nation,which is one of the places most affected by climate change. Our Observer used photos to show the disastrous effects global warming has on the daily life of local people. Read more...

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Behind the scenes of Benin’s online 'healing' scams


“I am a marabout healer with 30 years of experience, and I can make any woman fall madly in love with you and even multiply the number of bills in your wallet.” You might have seen this type of claim in your inbox or your Facebook messages. We decided to delve deeper into these absurd— and sometimes inadvertently hilarious—claims. Read more...
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Pygmies in 'mortal danger' in southern DR Congo


Pygmy people have been targeted in repeated attacks by armed Mai Mai groups made up by members of the Baluba tribe in Katanga province, in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our Observer met some Pygmies who fled their traditional forest homes to escape the ongoing violence. He says that they are facing “extermination.” Read more...
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Warring militias blight daily life in Tripoli


The ongoing fighting between rival militias in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, has forced thousands to flee the country and prompted a number of embassies and international companies to evacuate their staff. The residents of Tripoli left behind live in constant fear of bombings, abductions, and food and petrol shortages. Read more...

Roller derby: helping Egyptian women stand up for themselves


Roller derby is a female-dominated sport where both the blades and the punches roll. Over the past three years, a group of Egyptian women have become aficionados and hardcore fans of the sport. But in a country where many women face harassment on a daily basis, roller derby is much more than just a game. Read more...
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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown…which photo would the media use?

In the wake of this week's fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, hundreds of young black men and women have posted photos of themselves to Twitter with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. The phrase is shorthand for the question many are asking themselves: If the police gunned me down, which photo of me would the media publish? Read more...

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Comic strips: Iran militia's weapon in its war on sex, drugs and alcohol


Iran’s fearsome Basij militia – a paramilitary squad loosely attached to the revolutionary guard – is hard at work imparting morality on the country’s youth. Using illustrated stories that mimic the style of comic strips, they aim to deter Iranians from living a ‘sinful’ Western lifestyle. Read more...
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