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Moscow residents rally to save Soviet-era 'Eiffel Tower'

 
The Shukhov Tower is an iconic symbol of Moscow, much like the Eiffel Tower represents Paris. Yet the Russian government is on the verge of dismantling it. This strikes many Muscovites as an aberration, and an online campaign to save the tower has highlighted the absence of any kind of policy to protect Russia's cultural heritage. Read more...
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Chinese staff of Nike, Adidas subcontractor slam conditions

 
In Dongguan, in southern China, the workers of the world’s largest producer of athletic shoes are seething. They accuse their employer, the Yue Yuen corporation, of making them sign contracts that fail to provide any kind of social protection. Read more...
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Venezuelans go naked in support of protester forced to strip

 
Venezuelans who use Twitter are suddenly seeing lots of photos of naked people popping up on their timelines. But the images are far from being porn. They are being posted in solidarity with a university student who was forced to strip naked and beaten during clashes in Caracas on Thursday. Read more...

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Ugandan engineer bets on bike-building to improve lives

 
A Ugandan whose life was changed by a bicycle is hoping to help bring the same experience to millions of other Ugandans. Chris, a young entrepreneur, is teaching local communities to build bikes from scrap metal, thus improving the lives of people living in isolated communities. Read more...

Iran’s landmines: ‘Kids get blown up while playing’

Iran is one of the countries in the world with the most unexploded landmines, and they kill and maim dozens of people every year. Many of these are leftovers from the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988); others were planted by the Iranian government to fight armed groups and traffickers. Our Observer says the authorities are simply not doing enough to rid Iran of them. Read more…

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Graffiti urges Afghans to vote in defiance of Taliban

 
Graffiti calling for Aghan voters to go to the polls has been popping up all over the city of Kandahar, a Taliban bastion in the country’s south. Read more…

Surge in Central America minors trying to cross desert into US

 
The US government has recorded a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southern US border from Central America. Our Observers at the border are seeing more children try to make the dangerous crossing into the US through the Sonoran desert. These children, younger than ever before, say that they are fleeing for their lives. Read more...
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Chinese authorities crack down on petrochemical plant protesters

 
The Chinese authorities have clamped down on all information related to a protest movement against a petrochemical plant in Maoming, southern China. On Sunday, a march had led to clashes with the police. Read more...
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Why China's elite 'are butchering tigers'

 
Watching caged tigers be killed and butchered is becoming a spectator sport for wealthy businessmen and government officials in southern China, where tigers symbolise power. Read more...
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