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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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A prison? No, a student dorm in Macedonia

 
Fed up with living in squalor, students in former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia have shared shocking pictures of their decrepit dormitories online. From mold-covered walls to freezing showers to meals consisting of nearly-raw potatoes, these dorms look more like prisons than places where some of the country’s top university students live. Read more...
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Stuck in Casablanca airport's 'transit zone' for 43 days

 
It sounds like a bad remake of “The Terminal”, a film whose main character, played by Tom Hanks, was forced to live in a New York airport because he lacked a visa. However, the case of Kokoba De Jacques, a refugee from Ivory Coast, is completely real. On Wednesday, he was finally let back into Morocco, where he lives, after spending 43 days stuck in the transit zone of Casablanca’s international airport. Read more...
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Taiwan students fight to shed light on shady govt dealings

 
Student protests in Taipei over a controversial trade accord between China and Taiwan turned suddenly violent Sunday night. Students stormed the Executive Yuan, and several hours later, were evicted by riot police armed with water cannons. Our Observer, who joined in the protests, says that students are demanding increased government transparency. Read more...
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Eyewitness testimony from the heart of Guinea's Ebola outbreak

 
For the first time in its history, Guinea has been struck by a sudden outbreak of the virulent Ebola virus. So far, the disease has spread to several prefectures in the south including the city of Gueckedou, one of the country’s worst-hit areas. Our Observer there says that due to a lack of information, people haven’t taken on board the severity of the epidemic. Read more...
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'I'm prepared to die to get to Europe': migrant life in Spain's Melilla

 
More and more African migrants are trying to cross into two Spanish enclaves on the coast of Morocco. For them, the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla represent a golden opportunity to escape the poverty and persecution of their homelands, and reach Europe. Mike – from Ivory Coast – is one of them. He even managed to cross the border in December. Read his personal testimony...
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Using graffiti, Turks share tips for getting around Twitter ban

 
Turkey may have blocked the use of Twitter, but that hasn’t stopped many Turks from continuing to tweet. Technologically-savvy youth are quickly getting their fellow citizens up to speed on how to bypass the ban by posting instructions online as well as on city walls. Read more...
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Are these photos of jihadists training – or a Boy Scout camp?

Following an anti-terrorism operation in Menzel Nour, a town in Tunisia’s Monastir governorate, the interior ministry held a press conference on Monday to present what it says was photographic “proof” of a jihadist camp. This was meant to justify the sting, which was decried by many locals. However, Internet sleuths pointed out that some of the photos were taken in 2010 – at a Boy Scout camp.. Read more...

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Hunters swear off killing in bid to preserve Iranian wildlife

 
Nineteen hunters in Iranian Kurdistan have sworn off killing animals by breaking their rifles and setting fire to their traps in public. They hope that many more will soon join them in their effort to preserve Iran’s fragile wildlife from the ravages of over-hunting. Read more…
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