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'Badass' Russian waitress video is fake


The video, filmed in a bar in Russia, is just too good to be true: when a customer grabs her butt, a waitress smacks him in the face with a menu, knocking him to the ground. With more than 8 million YouTube views, the footage of the waitress’s spirited response is this week’s viral video. Dozens of media sources, in Russia and elsewhere, shared the video of the incident… without verifying it. Read more...
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'Traitor!' Leaked video exposes Iranian tensions over nuclear talks


"You're a traitor!" bellows an ultra-conservative Tehran lawmaker to Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The minister has won acclaim for leading international negotiations over the country's nuclear programme. But the secretly filmed outburst by Mahdi Kouchakzadeh highlights tensions pitting certain right-wing politicians against the Iranian government. Read more...

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Paris suburbs youth react to police acquittal in deaths that sparked riots


Twenty-five-year-old Nawufal lives in Clichy-sous-Bois, an impoverished suburb northeast of Paris where two teenagers were electrocuted when they tried to hide from police in 2005, a tragedy that sparked France’s worst rioting in decades. Read more…
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In a county of a million people and not one train, anger boils over


Linshui County, in southwestern China, is home to one million people – that’s roughly the population of Dublin, Ireland. And yet it doesn’t have a single train station. So when local residents heard that plans to bring a major new railway to the county had been scrapped, thousands of them took to the streets. Read more...
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"To fight Islamophobia, let’s all draw Muhammad"


As a snub to a prominent Islam-bashing activist, an American blogger launched a campaign asking people to draw pictures of Muhammad… but not the one you are thinking of! Read more...
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Conflict taking toll on Yemen’s ‘priceless’ heritage


In Yemen, the ongoing conflict has not spared the country’s historic monuments: both an ancient mosque and a fortress dating from medieval times have become casualties of the conflict. Read more...
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Meet Volcano, Libya’s soldier-rapper


Achraf, alias Volcano, drops a beat amidst still-smouldering rubble. As bullets whizz past, he continues to rap. His goal? To inspire courage in the young people fighting jihadist groups on the frontlines of war-torn Benghazi, Libya. Read more...
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Pesticides kill honeybees en masse in Morocco


The region of Souss, in south-western Morocco, is known for being the kingdom's top producer of citrus fruits. But the use of pesticides linked to intensive farming methods has a deadly side-effect: the wiping out of bees and a dramatic fall in honey production. One of the region's beekeepers has set alarm bells ringing. Read more...
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Chinese tour guide loses it: "Buy more souvenirs or I won’t get paid!"


Footage filmed in China’s Yunnan province captures a tour guide berating tourists for not buying more souvenirs, as their frugal spending deprives her of the commission she earns on their purchases. This system allows her to compensate for the paltry salary she is paid by the travel agency, as they try to beat fierce competition by offering tours at rock-bottom prices. Read more…
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