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Saudi woman in niqab harassed for not wearing gloves


In Saudi Arabia, it doesn't take much to rile the country's notorious religious police. One of its agents has sparked outrage after being filmed violently lashing out at a woman wearing a niqab in a shopping centre... because she hadn't put on any gloves. Read more... 
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Video: Disabled migrant allegedly abused by Mexican police

“Even in the United States, they don’t treat them like that!” New amateur footage shows a group of officers from Mexico's migration agency as they appear to abuse a disabled migrant in front of shocked onlookers. The incident reportedly took place on May 19 in the Mexican state of Querétaro. The undocumented man travelled from Honduras to Mexico, despite the fact that he relies on prosthetic legs to walk. Read more...

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Gitano family feud goes wild in bare-chested YouTube videos

A series of videos showing a fight between two groups of Gitano from the same extended family has gone viral in France in the past few weeks. A member of the "Lopez" family first took the family feud to YouTube (and the public) when he uploaded a video of himself insulting and threatening his “cousins,” who soon responded in kind… and so on. The display of bravado is so outrageous that it has inspired numerous spoofs. Read more...

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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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