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'I filmed my nightmare commute on Paris public transport'


Nawufal Mohamed lives in Clichy-sous-Bois, an underprivileged Parisian suburb located in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, known locally by its official administrative number (93). Nawufal studies urban planning… but in order to do so, he encounters a failure in urban planning every day. His university is also in 93, but Parisian suburbs are notoriously underserved by the public transport system, so, on a good day, he spends about three and a half hours to get to school and back. He filmed his daily commute for France 24’s “Pas 2 Quartier” project on French suburbs. Read more...
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Moroccan town’s disabled kids deprived of support centre


For two weeks now, about 60 disabled children in the Moroccan city of Jerada haven’t been able to go to their only local support centre, after a dispute broke out between the centre’s managers. The incident has shed light on the fragile network of support available for disabled minors in the kingdom. Read more...
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A tailor’s ‘sexual’ gesture outrages conservatives in Saudi Arabia


A tailor working in the Saudi holy city of Mecca has become the target of a public outcry, after he was secretly filmed wrapping his arms around a woman to take her measurements. His supposedly ‘sexual’ gesture has sparked a lively debate in a country where physical contact with women is seen as taboo. Read more...

Video: Tattoos, female bodybuilding and more in “Underground Iran”


Lots of leisure activities are banned in the Islamic Republic of Iran. And yet, if you look closely - which we were able to do with the help of our Observers in Iran - you'll discover that young people are discreetly engaging in all sorts of activities, from female bodybuilding to tattoo art to dancing ballet. Take a little tour of "Underground Iran"...
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Senegalese inventor builds plane with salvaged parts

Baila Ndiaye has already built a car entirely out of recycled materials, but the Senegalese virtuoso has set himself a new challenge. He's now in the process of putting together an ultra-light aircraft using only second-hand parts with the same goal as before: to prove that it's possible "to make what we want using only what we've got". Read more...

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Imam Ali Brigades: brutal fighters and skilled propagandists


The Iraqi Shiite militia known as the Imam Ali Brigades is accused of having committed multiple war crimes in the fight against the Islamic State organisation in Iraq, including summary executions and torture of captives. But its brutality isn’t the only thing fuelling the militia's notoriety – it also has a well-oiled communications strategy. Read more...
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Local security guard executes injured civilian in Brazil


Several videos of a shockingly violent scene that took place in broad daylight in north-eastern Brazil have emerged. A city security guard executed a man who was lying on the ground, already wounded and apparently unconscious, in front of dozens of witnesses, some of whom caught the gruesome scene on video. But this is not an isolated incident and our Observer says there are more and more deaths linked to police operations. Read more...
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'Ghouta Dry': Syrians produce soda despite crippling siege


Eastern Ghouta is under relentless siege by the Syrian government, with everything from medicine to basic foodstuffs unable to get through to the city. Despite the crippling blockade, an ingenious group of activists has managed to concoct a new fizzy drink: they’ve dubbed it 'Ghouta Dry'. Read more...
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