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Skaters take over Prague's underground highway

Prague's ‘Tunel Blanka’, at 6.4 kilometres in length, is the longest tunnel of any European city. However, it's not yet open to the public as its completion has been delayed time and time again. So in the absence of cars, Tunel Blanka has been put to alternative use: skateboarders from Prague have begun using it as an underground skate park. See photos...

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Benghazi: A city going up in smoke


The eastern Libyan city of Benghazi is the birthplace of the revolution that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and is considered by many to be Libya’s cultural capital. However, since mid-October, Benghazi has been transformed into a vast battlefield between the Islamist militias that control the city and the Libyan army, which is trying to push them out. With its deserted streets and buildings pockmarked by shells, Benghazi is hardly recognisable, says our Observer on the ground...
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African rappers sing ode to Russia's Putin


This rap duo comes from Zimbabwe and Kenya, they live in Moscow and they have become famous from a song paying homage to… Vladimir Putin, a feat all the more surprising given the prevalence of racism against Africans in Russia. Read more...

Rescuing dying dogs from Indonesian puppy mills


An intrepid group of animal defenders in Jakarta has gone on a mission to confiscate dogs from abusive dog breeders. Tipped off by neighbours, they locate hidden puppy mills, where pedigree dogs are made to breed excessively in highly unsanitary conditions. Then, they make their move. Read more...
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Yazidi women slaves: real plight, fake images


Many Yazidi women captured by the Islamic State (IS) group have been forced into slavery. After months of speculation while photos claiming to show their plight circulated online, the group finally confirmed these rumours in its online magazine Dabiq. However, all the photos of these slave women circulating on social networks are fake. Even though the jihadists boast about enslaving these women, they keep them hidden away. Read more...
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Deadly mob justice for a suspected rebel in North Kivu


An angry crowd of people in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo stoned a man suspected of belonging to an armed rebel group, before burning him alive. This act of extreme violence took place on October 31 in the city of Beni, which has been the target of numerous bloody rebel incursions in recent months. Read more…

Video appears to show Egyptian army torturing civilians in Sinai desert


A video has emerged of men in military dress torturing two civilians, one of whom is bloodied, in a village in Egypt’s Sinai desert. These images, which have circulated on social networks, are terrifying. And all signs point to the Egyptian army’s culpability. However in Egypt, neither the authorities nor the media seem preoccupied by the incident. Read more...
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Police's composite drawing of acid attacker is actually a random photo from the Web

The image of this man was shared widely on Wednesday by many Iranian news sites, including Mehr News, an official state press agency. Described as a computer-generated composite drawing of a man accused of attacking four women with acid in Isfahan last week, it was actually a random photo from the Web. Read more...

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Hawaii lava flow creates 'slow-motion disaster'

It took four months, but the lava flow from the June eruption of Kilauea volcano, on Hawaii’s big island, has reached an inhabited area: the village of Pahoa, where it is expected to swallow up at least a dozen homes over the next few days. The lava river, which is over 1,000 degrees celcius, will slowly destroy the heart of this small community of 950 residents. Read more…

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Reality TV star shines spotlight on ‘trash islands’


In early October, an American woman posed for a series of striking photos to promote cleaning up the Maldives Islands. This photo campaign – which includes her wearing a bikini made of old bottles and surfing in a pile of trash – has received mixed reactions in the Maldives. Read more...
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