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The ‘flying coffin’: a lynching tool in Ivory Coast


A coffin carried by local residents became a macabre tool used to lynch two people in Cosrou, a village in the southern Ivory Coast, during a so-called “flying coffin” ceremony. Believers say that this rite allows the deceased to identify those responsible for his death. But in reality, these ceremonies are often ways to settle scores between local residents. Read more...
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Hong Kongers put the “civil” in civil disobedience


Since the weekend, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have protested in the streets in a remarkably calm fashion. Despite being tear-gassed by the police, the vast majority of demonstrators have been relaying messages of peace and carefully cleaning up after themselves. Here's a closer look at how they've managed to keep this atmosphere of civility intact. Read more...
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Doubts surround Boko Haram leader’s "third death"


Last Thursday, the Nigerian army announced that a high-ranking member of Boko Haram had died in battle. Using amateur photos and videos as evidence, they claimed that the man in question “played the role” of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s proclaimed leader. This confusing announcement has left many unconvinced, especially since the Islamist sect is known for its attempts to obfuscate. Read more...
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'Graphic' Muslim Day Parade displays confuse some in NYC


This year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City featured local community leaders and Girl Scouts marching, but included a mannequin hanging from a noose, women locked up in a cage and a man on a golden chariot whipping others dressed in military garb, to the surprise of some onlookers. Read more...

Egyptian police use dating sites to hunt down gay people


Though homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, police have been using social media and smartphone applications to hunt down and arrest gays and lesbians. Two gay Egyptians, who hide their sexuality and live in fear of being arrested, tell us their story. Read more...
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Students rebuild homes amid militia fighting in Tripoli


The fighting in Tripoli has delayed its university’s opening for the new school year, but instead of sitting around, a group of students got together to fix-up homes destroyed in the ongoing conflict. Read more...
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Gay youths help one another by posting coming-out videos online


A disturbing video of a 19-year-old man being physically and verbally abused by his family after admitting he was gay caused a stir in American LGBT social media circles when it surfaced online two weeks ago. But it’s far from the only one – many young LGBT youth are sharing videos of their coming-outs, whether they encounter negative or positive reactions, in an effort to help others muster the courage to come out too. Read more...
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