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Angolan sect deaths: “It was a real massacre by the police”


It’s a mystery that has roiled Angola. In mid-April, security forces tried to arrest a sect leader at a mountain compound, but the botched operation descended into violence. The authorities claim 13 sect members were killed, while opposition parties and human rights activists claim that hundreds of followers were in fact massacred. Since the operation, the mountain has been sealed off, leading to widespread speculation. Now, a new video appears to show the police clean-up that followed the killings. Read more…
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Raqqa activists slyly defying its jihadist rulers


The Islamic State group has ruled Raqqa with an iron fist since it seized control of the Syrian city more than two years ago, forcing its residents to abide by a radical vision of Islam. But activists, risking almost certain death if caught, are defying the jihadists by putting up posters on storefronts to denounce them. Read more...
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Woman's lynching re-enacted in Kabul


A little over a month ago, Farkundha, a 27-year-old student, was killed by a mob in the middle of Kabul in broad daylight. She had been falsely accused of burning a Koran. Monday, she was killed again, in the very same spot. But this time, it was symbolic; Farkundha and her attackers were all actors. Read more…
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Immigrant’s death shines light on 'hunt' for foreigners in Angola


An undocumented shopkeeper from Guinea-Bissau was fleeing Angolan police in the capital city Luanda when he was hit by a taxi and killed. His death has provoked anger and outcry from the country’s West African immigrant community, who say they are harassed on a daily basis by police. Read more...
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Video: Spanish police beat up deportee on airplane


This video, filmed on an airplane, captures Spanish police beating up a foreigner being deported to his home country, the Dominican Republic. This scene is far from unusual, according to the collective that shared the footage. Read more...
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Child soldiers fighting on the frontline in Yemen

Aden has become a theatre of bloody urban warfare as Houthi rebels and backers of president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi battle for control of the city in southern Yemen. Since fighting first broke out in mid-March, several amateur videos have surfaced showing child soldiers battling on the frontline on both sides. Read more...

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Video: Mexico police throw rocks at students

Protesters throwing rocks at police is not uncommon in many parts of the world. But in Mexico, it’s the police that’s throwing rocks at protesters. A video has emerged showing local police hurling rocks at a bus transporting students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, a teachers’ college which has long been a hotbed of protest. Read more...

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The grimy reality of Morocco’s public hospitals


Blocked pipes, mouldy walls, wet blankets and a shortage of supplies: this is what users of Morocco's public health system have to deal with. Dozens of photos published on Facebook have shed light on the grime reality of the country's public hospitals. According to our Observer, a Moroccan doctor, it reveals a disastrous state of affairs that the government's privatisation plan won't be able to fix. Read more...
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