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Gambian woman forced into exile for posting video of police brutality


Minah Manneh, a Gambian women’s rights activist, filmed disturbing footage of a policeman caning a schoolgirl and then posted it on her Facebook page. This courageous act has forced the 23-year-old to flee her own country as Gambian law expressly forbids its citizens from uploading videos that could "tarnish the state's image". Read more...
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Is an Iraqi militia really using high-tech combat robots?


These little machines aren’t NASA's latest Mars rovers built to scour the red planet, but combat robots deployed by none other than an Iraqi militia group. The Shiite militia Saraya Al Salam is currently taking part in an offensive against the Islamic State organisation in Tikrit. In a video, the group brags that it built these sophisticated war machines entirely by itself. Read more...
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Young Syrian comedians take aim at Islamic State group


The jihadist emir is busy smoking, drinking and sending 'selfies' on WhatsApp, but when a young recruit stops by, the emir quickly takes on the persona of a man of virtue. Strapping a belt packed with explosives around the young man’s waist, the emir promises him trouble-free entry to paradise. "We'll meet again!" he exclaims before sending him off. For some young Syrians living in Turkey, comedy sketches like this are a way to use humour to fight back against the Islamic State group's reign of barbaric terror and hypocrisy. Read more...

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China’s future footballers miss the target by a long shot


China's president recently announced his country's intention to host a football World Cup in the near future. In order to become a world champion football nation, Chinese officials are doing their best to introduce the “joys of the round ball” to the youth. There's just one problem: the methods being used are somewhat surprising to say the least. Read more...

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Afghan woman brutally lynched by mob in Kabul for 'burning Koran'

An Afghan woman was brutally beaten to death and then burned by a bloodthirsty crowd made up almost entirely of men in Kabul last Thursday. Gruesome footage has emerged of the mob lynching 27-year-old Farkhunda who was accused of burning a Koran near a mosque. The attack has triggered a wave of indignation throughout the country. Read more ...

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Tunisia attacks: 'Why I posted photos while the assault was underway'

Hidden away for two hours in a room in Tunis's Bardo museum, one man managed to take dozens of photos and post them online as terrorists launched an attack on the building. The images instantly began circulating on social media networks. He agreed to tell us how and why he did it...

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Iran's coast guard uses 'battering ram' to stop illegal fishing


Along Iran's protected Miankaleh Peninsula on the Caspian Sea coastline, fisherman have been illegally fishing for years. Seizing their small boats doesn't appear to be dissuading them. So Iran's coast guard has come up with a radical technique: ram into the vessels at sea, and leave the helpless fishermen to fend for themselves. Read more...


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Protester recounts panic in Ferguson: 'It wasn't us!'


The town of Ferguson, Missouri, was once again thrown into the media’s spotlight on Wednesday. Two policemen were seriously wounded by shots fired by unknown assailants. Our Observer describes the tense atmosphere before and after the incident. Read more...
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Video shows burning village near Tikrit : "Shiite militias wanted revenge"


A video appears to show Shiite militias burning homes to the ground in a Sunni village on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Tikrit in what some believe to be a revenge attack. Read more...
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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...
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