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Tunisia attacks: 'Why I posted photos while the assault was underway'

Hidden away for two hours in a room in Tunis's Bardo museum, one man managed to take dozens of photos and post them online as terrorists launched an attack on the building. The images instantly began circulating on social media networks. He agreed to tell us how and why he did it...

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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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Protester recounts panic in Ferguson: 'It wasn't us!'


The town of Ferguson, Missouri, was once again thrown into the media’s spotlight on Wednesday. Two policemen were seriously wounded by shots fired by unknown assailants. Our Observer describes the tense atmosphere before and after the incident. Read more...
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Video shows burning village near Tikrit : "Shiite militias wanted revenge"


A video appears to show Shiite militias burning homes to the ground in a Sunni village on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Tikrit in what some believe to be a revenge attack. Read more...
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Video of police brutality shocks island nation São Tomé and Príncipe


Brutal images of two soldiers beating a half-naked man on the ground have sent shockwaves through this tiny island nation off the coast of Gabon. The video has spread rapidly on social media networks and sparked outrage among the residents of São Tomé and Príncipe. Read more...

Iran’s 'shadow commander' steps into the spotlight

Less than two years ago, the New Yorker magazine ran a lengthy profile of Major General Qassem Suleimani, a discreetly influential Iranian military operative, dubbing him “the shadow commander” for his role helping Bashar Al Assad fight rebels in Syria. Recently, however, Suleimani has been moving out of the shadows and square into the spotlight. Read more...

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Video: Israeli soldiers attack Palestinian teen with dog


A video has emerged online showing Israeli soldiers threatening a Palestinian teenager with their dogs, one of which bit the boy, who ended up in the hospital. The army has promised an investigation, but our Observer says that’s not enough – she believes it should put a full stop to using dogs against Palestinians in the West Bank. Read more…
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Mexicans in shock after retired teacher's 'murder' by police


A retired teacher was killed during bloody clashes between teachers and police three days ago, in the southern Mexican city of Acapulco. Thirteen protesters have also disappeared. The teaching community is in shock, as our Observer explains. Read more…
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How migrant smugglers evade patrols to reach French island of Mayotte


An amateur video showing a migrant boat from the Comoro Islands landing on the French island of Mayotte has made headlines in France's overseas territory. The footage shows the vessel landing in broad daylight without any sign of border police – evidence of a serious problem, according to media outlets. Our Observer, who has made the Comoros-Mayotte journey several times, reveals the smugglers’ tactics. Read more...
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Gazans flee floods, as Palestinians and Israelis squabble over cause


Hundreds of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes in the Gaza valley this weekend when flooding caused water levels to rise to more than two metres high in some areas. Read more…
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