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False images used to ‘prove’ slavery, genital mutilation under ISIS


The savagery of ISIS jihadists rampaging through Syria and Iraq is well known. But dozens of photos circulating on social media networks and the media claiming to show the barbaric acts of the Islamist group are, in fact, fake. Read more...
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What's behind the rioting and looting in the US state of Missouri?


For two days, angry mobs have gone on the rampage in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after police shot and killed a black teenager. According to our Observer, racial tensions that have been simmering away for years are now starting to boil over. Read more...
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Congolese devastate own homes in cobalt mining rush

Hundreds of artisanal miners have flooded a neighbourhood of Kolwezi in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, after the discovery of a giant cobalt deposit. Our Observer explains how too much mining has effectively turned the ground into Swiss cheese – putting the whole neighborhood at risk. Read more...

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A young Spaniard fights ‘against fascism’ in Ukraine


Two young Spaniards recently arrived in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, which is currently the theatre of violent clashes between separatists and government forces. One of them, 27 years-old Rafael Munoz, spoke to FRANCE 24. He told us he wanted to fight against fascism, just like his forefathers did against Spain’s General Franco. Read more...
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Video: Israeli soldiers cheer as explosives flatten mosque in Gaza


A video has emerged online showing Israeli soldiers cheering as explosives destroy a mosque allegedly linked to an underground tunnel network in Khuzaa, in the Gaza strip - a reaction the Israel Defence Force says the soldiers are perfectly entitled to. Read more…
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Beaten for turning on the TV: Video shows abuse of Egypt's orphans


A video showing the director of a Cairo orphanage beating young children has provoked outrage in Egypt. Egyptian authorities responded by quickly arresting the director. But our Observer says that to put an end to this kind of abuse, there must be more serious consequences for those who perpetrate violence against children. Read more...
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Amazon tribes threatened by violent land grabs


The photo is a rare one, but it reveals a worrisome trend. In late June, deep in the Brazilian Amazon, natives normally isolated from the modern world made contact with another tribe. It was a cry for help: they reported that drug traffickers had penetrated into their protected reserve and violently attacked them. Read more…
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Mobile homes and odd jobs bring Syrian refugees much-needed boost


When Al-Qusayr, a bastion of the Syrian resistance, fell to the army in June 2013, thousands of civilians fled across the border to Lebanon. Most now live in makeshift camps and depend entirely on international aid. This situation inspired one NGO to launch a project called “We will return,” a program that gives refugees the ability to be more self-sufficient as they wait for the day when they will be able to return to Syria. Read more...
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