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IS jihadists taunt Turkish army at Syrian border


A video showing fighters from the group calling itself Islamic State talking to Turkish soldiers near the embattled city of Kobane has widely circulated online. The video has angered Kurdish activists, who see it as proof of collusion between the Turkish army and the jihadist group. However, the scene appears to be the result of provocation on the part of the IS fighters. Here’s why…
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Taxing the Internet in Hungary: 'Our country is going backwards!'


Can you imagine having to pay a tax on how much Internet you consume? That could soon be the case in Hungary, if lawmakers get their way. Thousands of protesters in the capital Budapest took to the streets on Sunday night to protest this move. For them, taxing the Internet is definitely a move in the wrong direction. Read more…

Acid attacks in Iran: ‘My sister won’t go outside anymore’


There have been at least four cases of acid attacks on women in the last two weeks in Isfahan, in central Iran. A rumour quickly spread throughout the city according to which the women were attacked because they weren’t covered up enough. This prompted several thousand residents to take to the streets in protest, and call on the authorities to act. Read more...
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Activists risk their lives to spray anti-IS graffiti in Raqqa


Despite being a frequent target of airstrikes by the US-led coalition, the city of Raqqa in eastern Syria is still firmly in the hands of the Islamic State (IS) group. Thousands of civilians have fled the city, but one group of activists has stayed behind to denounce the jihadists' brutal rule. Their actions include spray-painting graffiti with anti-IS slogans on the walls of the city – a daring act that could cost them their lives. Read more...
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Video: Spanish police beat African migrants at Melilla border


A video has emerged showing police beating up African migrants at the Spanish border. About 200 African migrants who were trying to get into Melilla - a Spanish enclave in northwest Morocco - were reportedly beaten up by Spain’s Guardia Civil (police) on October 15. Read more...
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Protests over missing Mexican students erupt into violence


There's still no word of what happened to the 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico at the end of September. Fellow students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college have organised mass protests to pressure authorities to step-up efforts to locate their missing classmates. As time passes, our Observer says protesters are becoming more and more radicalised. Read more...
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Hawaiians battle telescope threatening ‘sacred volcano’

Astronomers had planned to celebrate the groundbreaking on the biggest telescope in the world in Hawaii last week. But activists opposed to its construction had other ideas. Read more...

Recycling in Sudan: Turning bombs into agricultural tools


For over three years, the Sudan government has been leading an intense bombing campaign on the Nuba Mountains, in South Kordofan. In an area cut off from the rest of the world, local villagers are now recycling the shells to help them grow crops. Read more...
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Hô Chi Minh City’s vanishing colonial architecture


According to our Observers in Hô Chi Minh City, one of the most beautiful villas built during the French colonial period is at risk of being demolished in order to make way for new construction projects. This villa is just one example among many of the disappearance of Vietnam’s colonial heritage. Read more...
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