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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...

Saudis pay allegiance to their 'cardboard king'

Following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, two videos have emerged showing Saudis pledging allegiance to their new ruler – by shaking hands with cardboard cutouts of King Salman and the two heirs to the throne. Actors standing behind the life-sized cutouts extend their arms to shake hands with visitors. Read more...

Scenes of panic in Abidjan schools after spate of child kidnappings


Spooked by unfounded rumours that two students had been kidnapped, parents broke into a school in Abidjan to pick up their children on Thursday morning. Fear reigns in Ivory Coast’s economic capital after 25 children were kidnapped and murdered over a period of three months. Our Observer witnessed the scenes of panic. Read more...
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Kobane 'still too dangerous for refugees to return'


Kurdish forces announced on Monday that Islamic State militants had been chased from the Syrian city of Kobane. Combatant Mustefa Ebdi told the AFP that “all of Kobane was liberated” and that “the fighting has ceased.” While some celebrated, others remained cautious. The Islamic State group is still a threat, Kobane lies in ruins and refugees are still waiting to return. Read more...
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Ukraine rebels launch grisly propaganda war


Separatists in eastern Ukraine have begun taking their propaganda war into unchartered territory. Gruesome new footage has emerged of prisoners of war kneeling before a rebel commander who forces them to eat their army badges. Other scenes from this grisly reel are too graphic to show. Read why it marks a turning point...
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