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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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On the front lines with the Kurdish militia in Syria


The Kurdish army in Syria, known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG), is battling ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Our Observer spent several days on the front lines in Syrian Kurdistan, with the militia known for relying heavily on female fighters. Read more...
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Meet the ‘Infoladies’: the women who get Bangladesh's villages connected


In Bangladesh, dozens of women on wheels are biking into remote villages and hooking poverty-stricken families up to the net. Thanks to ‘Infoladies’, tens of thousands of people are connecting with social media, chatting to loved ones, and getting government services. Read more...
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Witnesses recount deadly Eid stampede near Guinea capital


The concert was supposed to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but the festivities turned into a nightmare for those gathered on a beach in a suburb north of Guinea’s capital Conakry. At least 33 people died and dozens were injured in a huge stampede. Our Observers sent us photos documenting the tragedy and accused the organisers of making serious errors. Read more...

'It’s terrifying': testimony from Sierra Leone's ebola epicentre


With more than 200 deaths so far, including that of the country’s sole ebola expert, Sierra Leone has been hit hard by the virus’ spread. Our Observer, who lives in the disease’s epicentre, shares his fears. Read more...
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