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China’s Uighur minority targeted after deadly knife attack

 
After Chinese authorities blamed Uighur separatists for the deadly knife attack at a train station in Kunming on March 1, some were quick to call for calm and reconciliation. However, others have taken out their anger against the community as a whole, and the Uighur minority is paying the price. Read more...
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Why jihadists attacked a mosque in Syria

 
Jihadist fighters have destroyed a mosque in northern Syria, which to them represented a heretic form of Islam. These extremists, who are part of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL) attacked the mosque after taking over the Kurdish city of Tal Maruf in late February. Read more...

The fanciful claims of Russian propaganda amid Ukraine's crisis

 
As the threat of armed conflict hangs over Ukraine, Russian media outlets are firing the opening salvoes of a parallel propaganda war. But several reports have already raised eyebrows. We get to the bottom of three fanciful claims currently making the rounds. Read more...
 
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“In Congo, water is everywhere, except in the taps"

 
Drinking water should be plentiful in Congo-Brazzaville, yet most people living in the country's capital are forced to resort to private wells. Not only does the Congo have abundant groundwater resources, it's also bordered by the one of the world's most powerful rivers. But power failures coupled with an insufficient water supply mean that many of Brazzaville's residents have no other choice. Read more...
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Murder of 7 Coptic Egyptians in Libya met with indifference

 
Seven Egyptian nationals, stone masons by trade and Coptic Christians, were executed Sunday in Benghazi. The city, which was the cradle of the Libyan revolution, is sinking ever deeper into chaos. The crime, which was likely committed for religious reasons, has garnered very little reaction. Read more…
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Greek inmates leak photos of 'hellish' prison hospital

 
Inmates at a Greek prison hospital have launched a hunger strike in protest at the overcrowding that they say is leading to the spread of infectious diseases. Some are also refusing medication. Using a smuggled mobile phone, they are posting photos of their living conditions to Facebook and Twitter. FRANCE 24 interviewed one of them by phone. Read more…
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Rocks, sticks and AK-47s: The weapons of Ukraine’s protests

 
Clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces reached unprecedented levels of violence in the streets of Kiev Thursday. One one side, the authorities no longer hesitate to use snipers. On the other, more protesters are using makeshift weapons, and in some instances light firearms. Read more…
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Algerian cartoonist faces prison for a drawing never published

 
Djamel Ghanem, a cartoonist for “La Voix de l’Oranie, a daily newspaper in the Oran region of Agleria, is being prosecuted for a drawing featuring President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He risks spending 18 months in prison, though his cartoon was never published or otherwise made public. Read more...
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