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Meet Volcano, Libya’s soldier-rapper


Achraf, alias Volcano, drops a beat amidst still-smouldering rubble. As bullets whizz past, he continues to rap. His goal? To inspire courage in the young people fighting jihadist groups on the frontlines of war-torn Benghazi, Libya. Read more...
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Pesticides kill honeybees en masse in Morocco


The region of Souss, in south-western Morocco, is known for being the kingdom's top producer of citrus fruits. But the use of pesticides linked to intensive farming methods has a deadly side-effect: the wiping out of bees and a dramatic fall in honey production. One of the region's beekeepers has set alarm bells ringing. Read more...
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Chinese tour guide loses it: "Buy more souvenirs or I won’t get paid!"


Footage filmed in China’s Yunnan province captures a tour guide berating tourists for not buying more souvenirs, as their frugal spending deprives her of the commission she earns on their purchases. This system allows her to compensate for the paltry salary she is paid by the travel agency, as they try to beat fierce competition by offering tours at rock-bottom prices. Read more…
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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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