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Saudis arrested for criticising King Abdullah on YouTube

 
Three men were arrested last week in Saudi Arabia for uploading videos in which they criticised the regime, addressing themselves directly to King Abdullah. Such actions are new in the kingdom, and are starting to create copycats. Read more...
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A Syrian village emptied as Christians flee fighting

Jihadist rebel factions launched an offensive against the village of Kassab on Saturday, leading Christian Armenian and Alawite residents to flee. Today, Kassab is empty. Most of its inhabitants have taken refuge in Latakia, a regime stronghold. Read more...

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Yemenis who fly abroad to avoid dying at home

 
It’s known as the “airplane of the sick” to Cairo airport employees. Flights between Yemen's Sanaa and the Egyptian capital are full of ill Yemenis forced abroad to find proper treatment. This phenomenon illustrates the awful state of health services in Yemen. Read more…
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Taiwan students fight to shed light on shady govt dealings

 
Student protests in Taipei over a controversial trade accord between China and Taiwan turned suddenly violent Sunday night. Students stormed the Executive Yuan, and several hours later, were evicted by riot police armed with water cannons. Our Observer, who joined in the protests, says that students are demanding increased government transparency. Read more...
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'I'm prepared to die to get to Europe': migrant life in Spain's Melilla

 
More and more African migrants are trying to cross into two Spanish enclaves on the coast of Morocco. For them, the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla represent a golden opportunity to escape the poverty and persecution of their homelands, and reach Europe. Mike – from Ivory Coast – is one of them. He even managed to cross the border in December. Read his personal testimony...
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Salafist group calls for boycott of French local elections

 
Via its website, social networks and pamphlets, the organisation Anâ-Muslim (“I am Muslim”) is calling for the boycott of France’s local elections. Our Observer tells us more about who is behind this Salafist group. Read more...
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In pictures: Iranians around the world celebrate fire festival

Iranians throughout the world celebrated the festival of fire on Tuesday night as they do every year. This is an ancient pagan celebration that ushers in the Persian New Year. Read more...

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Dean accuses woman of ‘provocative dress’ after Egypt campus sex assault

Although cases of sexual harassment are common in Egypt, this one particularly shocked the nation. A young woman was assaulted by a group of students in broad daylight at a university campus. The university’s dean as well as several journalists were quick to point the finger at her clothes, which they say were too provocative. Read more...

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