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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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Gays in Syria risk execution by IS militants


Fighters belonging to the Islamic State jihadist organisation threw a man they accused of being gay from the roof of a two-story building, then published photos of his death online, along with the ruling. This appears to be the first time that the IS group has carried out this type of sentence. Our Observer, a young gay man from Syria who is now a refugee in Turkey, told us about the terror amongst gays living in the regions controlled by the IS group. Read more...
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Maid ‘abused’ by Saudi rescued after video goes viral


A video posted by a Filipino domestic servant suffering abuse at the hands of her Saudi employer has gone viral online. The video - which Nargelene Mendez published on her Facebook page - has even led the the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia to intervene and bring her home. But not everyone in her situation dares to cry out for help so publicly. That's where our Observer comes in - he's a Filipino at the head of a secret organisation in Saudi Arabia that comes to the rescue of his fellow compatriots. Read more...
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The Ukrainian female suicide bomber who never was


This young woman’s photo has been making the rounds on Ukrainian social media sites since the end of November. The girl pictured is supposedly 16-year-old Valeria Liakhova, who became a symbol of bravery for the pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine after allegedly carrying out a suicide attack on a Ukrainian tank. But there’s a problem. In reality, the girl in the photo had nothing to do with any suicide attack. In fact, she is alive and well. Read more...
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‘Anti-fascist’ and ‘anti-immigration’ groups face off in Dresden


For the past seven weeks, activists protesting Germany’s immigration policy and the spread of Islam in the West have been marching each Monday in Dresden, a city in eastern Germany. In response, counter-protests have been organised to denounce rampant xenophobia. As tensions between the two groups increase, the situation is quickly heading towards a face-off. Read more…

Behind the scenes with Algeria’s first LGBT magazine


In Algeria, a country where homosexuality is criminalised, a group of young activists took the risk of launching a magazine that talks about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) issues in North Africa. Read more...
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‘I survived a jihadist suicide attack in Kobane’


On Saturday, November 29, the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group carried out five suicide bombings to help its fighters advance on Kobane, a Syrian town located on the Turkish border, most of which which is currently controlled by Kurdish forces. Our Observer, a doctor in the city, survived – but part of his field hospital was blown up in the explosion. Read more…
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