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Foreign shopkeepers targeted in Soweto looting spree


Dozens of shops owned by foreigners were attacked and looted last week in Soweto, a neighbourhood in southwest Johannesburg. The violence broke out after a youngster was killed by a Somali shopkeeper during an attempted robbery. Read more...

In pictures: DR Congo wracked by anti-govt protests


Thursday was a particularly tense day in the city of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of protesters angry with president Laurent-Désiré Kabila clashedwith security forces. See images…
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Video: Bahrain security forces shoot directly at protester’s face


A video has emerged showing Bahrain security forces appearing to shoot a protester in the face at close range, using birdshots. According to activists, the video was filmed Tuesday in the capital Manama's suburb of Bilad al-Qadeem, which has seen daily protests ever since opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman was arrested in late December. Read more...
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Kenyan children tear-gassed while trying to reclaim playground

Police in the Kenyan capital Nairobi fired tear gas at a crowd of primary school students on Monday as they tried to take back their playground, which was claimed by a private developer last month. Several children had to be taken to a nearby clinic for treatment. Read more…

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Ugandans fed up with pastors' doomsday preaching


Since December, pastors have flooded the dusty streets of the Ugandan capital of Kampala to spread an ominous message: the end of the world is coming. But their repeated doomsday prophesies are leaving much of the city's residents increasingly fed up. Read more...
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Protests flare in Armenia after family massacred


Hundreds of Armenians took to the streets on Wednesday and Thursday, demanding that a Russian soldier who confessed to killing six members of an Armenian family be turned over to the Armenian authorities. He is currently in the hands of the Russian military at their base in Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city. Read more…
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Lebanese police dismantle a prison’s ‘jihadist emirate’


Lebanese security forces evacuated a notorious prison wing on Monday which was believed to serve as a headquarters for jihadist prisoners. Nicknamed “the emirate”, the notorious Block B of Roumieh prison, near Beirut, was so dangerous that guards had been too afraid to enter it for months. Read more…
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Moroccans protest mine with world’s longest 'ecological sit-in'


Dozens of villagers have spent the last three years camping on a hill in the Great Atlas mountains in Morocco to protest a mining company that is polluting their region. Read more...
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Syrian prisoners of conscience attempt hunger strike


Dozens of inmates in the main prison in Homs, Syria, launched a protest last week to demand their freedom. Most are imprisoned due to their opinions; the majority was arrested during the very first demonstrations against the Syrian regime in March 2011. Some have already served their sentence but continue to waste away in prison. Read more...
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