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Video of police brutality shocks island nation São Tomé and Príncipe


Brutal images of two soldiers beating a half-naked man on the ground have sent shockwaves through this tiny island nation off the coast of Gabon. The video has spread rapidly on social media networks and sparked outrage among the residents of São Tomé and Príncipe. Read more...

Iran’s 'shadow commander' steps into the spotlight

Less than two years ago, the New Yorker magazine ran a lengthy profile of Major General Qassem Suleimani, a discreetly influential Iranian military operative, dubbing him “the shadow commander” for his role helping Bashar Al Assad fight rebels in Syria. Recently, however, Suleimani has been moving out of the shadows and square into the spotlight. Read more...

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Video: Israeli soldiers attack Palestinian teen with dog


A video has emerged online showing Israeli soldiers threatening a Palestinian teenager with their dogs, one of which bit the boy, who ended up in the hospital. The army has promised an investigation, but our Observer says that’s not enough – she believes it should put a full stop to using dogs against Palestinians in the West Bank. Read more…
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Mexicans in shock after retired teacher's 'murder' by police


A retired teacher was killed during bloody clashes between teachers and police three days ago, in the southern Mexican city of Acapulco. Thirteen protesters have also disappeared. The teaching community is in shock, as our Observer explains. Read more…
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How migrant smugglers evade patrols to reach French island of Mayotte


An amateur video showing a migrant boat from the Comoro Islands landing on the French island of Mayotte has made headlines in France's overseas territory. The footage shows the vessel landing in broad daylight without any sign of border police – evidence of a serious problem, according to media outlets. Our Observer, who has made the Comoros-Mayotte journey several times, reveals the smugglers’ tactics. Read more...
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Gazans flee floods, as Palestinians and Israelis squabble over cause


Hundreds of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes in the Gaza valley this weekend when flooding caused water levels to rise to more than two metres high in some areas. Read more…
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Mexicans seek missing relatives in mass graves


Exasperated by the authorities' lack of effectiveness, residents of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, are excavating numerous mass graves to try to locate the bodies of hundreds of locals who have gone missing in recent years. It’s a risky endeavor, since the region is plagued by criminal organisations. Read more...

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Fake jihadists at Belgian Carnival for 'comic relief'


The yearly carnival held in Alost, a town in the Belgian region of eastern Flanders, is known for its political incorrectness and its zany, over-the-top costumes. This year, one costume on show was particularly surprising to onlookers – a group of festival-goers dressed up as militants from the Islamic State jihadist organisation (IS). Our Observer, who went to festival, wasn’t shocked. Read more...
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In pictures: Egypt bombs IS group in Libya


It didn’t take long for Egypt to react following the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamist State jihadist group (IS). On Monday, Egypt’s air force bombed several IS targets in Libya, and announced it had killed more than 40 combatants. Photos and videos taken by people at the scene and published on social networks attest to the scale of this operation. Read more...
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Bus modernisation drives Kigali residents to 'despair'


For the past year, Kigali has been swapping its traditional minibuses for big buses fit for a modern capital city. It may have seemed like a good idea on paper, but, today, taking the bus in certain neighbourhoods in the Rwandan capital has become an ordeal because of the incredibly long queues and extended waiting times. Read more...
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