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DR Congo clinic caught in crossfire between rebels and soldiers


Deep in the forests of North Kivu - in the eastern Congo - lies the region’s only health centre. Yet nurses who work for the community clinic in the isolated village of Lubonga are living in constant fear of violence. Our Observer met health workers under pressure from two warring factions: Congolese soldiers and rebel militias. Read more...
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'Way way': Algeria’s subversive new dance


“Way way”, also known as “Ey ey ey”, is a new street dance that has become very popular among Algeria’s youth in the past few months. These choreographies, danced to Raï music, are tinged with caustic humour that isn’t to the taste of many adults. Read more...
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The best amateur photos of 2014

The rise of the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, a student revolt in Mexico, the “Umbrella revolution” in Hong Kong… These are just a few of the stories you were able to follow on our site in 2014, often thanks to photos taken by citizens. As the year draws to a close, here is a selection of ten of the most striking photos we published. See photos...

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Immigrants run for cover as Angola rounds up hundreds


This weekend, authorities in Luanda launched a massive crackdown on immigrants, arresting hundreds, most of them from West African countries including Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal. Our Observers told us that many immigrants who weren’t arrested are now hiding in their homes, terrified at the idea of ending up in an Angolan prison. Read more...

Life in the fast lane: the luxury cars of Gabon’s presidency


FRANCE 24 has obtained documents and photos, and conducted interviews, which show that the president’s office of Gabon owns a veritable armada of luxury cars. Maybach, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, BMW… The fleet contains several hundred fancy cars, some of which are almost never used, in a country where more than one third of the population lives under the poverty line. Read more and see photos...
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The trials and tribulations of Spider-Man in Cairo

The endless traffic jams, the dusty and overcrowded streets, the polluted air… It’s not always easy to live in Cairo, Africa’s most populated city. So what if a superhero like Spider-Man moved to Egypt’s capital – how would he fare in this urban chaos? A young photographer from Cairo decided to imagine what would happen. Read more...

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Islamabad protesters demand mosque leader condemn school massacre

One hundred and thirty-two children were killed by the Pakistani Taliban in their attack on a school in Peshawar earlier this week. But this was not enough to get the leader of one of the country’s biggest public mosques, the Red Mosque in Islamabad, to condemn the Taliban. In a brave move, hundreds of protesters showed up in front of the mosque Thursday night to demand he do so. Read more…

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Photo of 'women murdered for refusing sex jihad’ is fake


Iraq’s human rights minister issued a statement Tuesday saying that the bodies of 150 women had been found in two mass graves in Fallujah. He said they belonged to women who were executed by the Islamic State group for refusing to have sex with jihadists. Several Arabic language media outlets quickly relayed his statement, but there was a problem: they used a fake photo to illustrate it. Read more...
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DR Congo 2015 calendars feature images of massacres


In the past few months, more than 250 people have been killed in massacres in the towns of Béni and Butembo, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Locals were therefore shocked and horrified when people started selling 2015 calendars featuring photos from these brutal massacres. Read more...
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