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Photo shows Israelis watching Gaza air strikes 'like it was cinema'


Relaxed on deck chairs, popcorn in hand, a group of Israelis sit down for the evening to watch Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza. For our Observer who took the photo, the scene reveals a lack of empathy until then "never seen before". Read more...
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From oasis to wasteland: how Iran's Hamoun Wetlands dried up


The Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, once known as 'Iran’s granary', and home to the Hamoun Wetlands, is now a dustbowl. In the place of what was once a thriving oasis, powerful sandstorms have buried villages and ruined livelihoods. Read more…
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Children at the heart of Ukraine’s image propaganda war

A little girl lost as war rages in the Ukrainian city of Donbass - at least, that’s what some internet users would like you to believe. It’s actually a little Australian girl paddling in mud with her puppy in 2010. And it’s just one example of many attempts at manipulation currently making the rounds online. Read more...

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Video: ultra-nationalist militants fighting alongside Ukraine’s army


The Ukrainian army made stunning gains over the weekend, overrunning pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern towns of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk after months of bitter fighting. But according to new video, members of Right Sector – an extremist group - are battling alongside regular army soldiers. Read more...
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How Tel Aviv residents take cover from rockets


Since Tuesday, the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has been the target of rocket fire from Gaza for the first time since November 2012. While the scream of sirens and the deafening noise of explosions have both surprised and scared residents, our Observer says that people know how to protect themselves. Read more...

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San Francisco homeless get a lesson in marketing


A man from San Francisco is drawing attention to a crisis that has become little more than an everyday fixture in cities across the world: homelessness. For Anthony Bustos, what homeless people need from him isn’t money - but a better sign. Read more...
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Chinese authorities clean rivers by polluting fields


Local authorities launched a massive effort to clean the waterways running through the Chinese province of Zhejiang in December 2013. While the rivers are visibly cleaner, our Observer says that some of the waste removed from the water has been tossed into fields belonging to local farmers. Read more...

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No, ISIS doesn’t issue passports


Over the past few days, a photo said to show one of the first passports issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the jihadist organisation that currently occupies a large swathe of Syria and Iraq, has been making the rounds on social media networks. Read more...
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The state of African schools seen through the eyes of our Observers


We asked several of our observers across Africa to tell us about the state of schools in their countries. They came back to us with stories of rundown classrooms and overcrowded facilities. Read more...

How I unraveled an African statue hoax

If there was a ranking of the craziest Internet swindles, this one might just win first place. A week ago, I got a call from a stranger who tried to convince me to buy a collection of small statues in order to save a village in northern Gabon. I smelled a rat, but, intrigued, decided to play along...

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