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Iranian musicians start using the streets as a stage

 
Until recently, it was highly unusual to see musicians playing in the streets of Iran. But over the past year, they’ve become a rather common sight – and they’re not all trying to make money. Many established artists are doing this just for fun, says our Observer, who has catalogued this trend by posting hundreds of videos of street musicians on Facebook. Read more...
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Fear grows in London suburb after alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang attack

 
Community leaders in a north London suburb have issued an appeal for calm after an alleged Polish neo-Nazi gang assaulted festival-goers on Saturday. Local residents in Tottenham say the group has been growing in size and influence for the past three years – culminating in this weekend’s bloody attack. Read more...
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Are Baghdad’s Sunnis ready to fight ISIS?

 
With most of northern Iraq in the hands of Sunni jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Iraqi army has called on the Iraqi civilian population to join them and take up arms against the insurgents. And although Shiite Iraqis have reacted positively to the call, the Sunni community's response has been rather mixed. Read more...

Young Tajik men 'abducted' into military service

 
In Tajikistan, young men who haven’t responded to the summons to fulfil their military service had better watch their back. Army recruiters regularly resort to driving around and snatching men off the street that look to be of age. Because these men’s families are often poor, few dare to protest. Read more...

Cambodian workers flee Thailand after coup

 
At least 110,000 Cambodian labourers, most of whom are undocumented, have reportedly fled Thailand to return to their home country since the military coup in Bangkok on May 22. The new junta’s hostile attitude toward undocumented workers is the main driver behind this mass departure. Read more…
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Daily power outages 'harrowing' experience for African World Cup fans

 
Power outages are a daily problem for a number of African cities. But when it takes place in the middle of a football match, which just happens to be part of the World Cup, it can be a very harrowing experience for fans. Read more…

Brazil’s 2014 World Cup: A tourist nightmare?

 
The World Cup this year embodies many hopes alongside just as many fears. On Thursday, at 4 p.m. local time, the Cup’s first game will begin at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena, in a very tense atmosphere. Here are some first impressions from tourists fresh off the plane...

Video: Iraqi man reveals absurdities of Baghdad security checkpoints

Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries. As a result, Iraqi cities are overrun by soldiers and policemen, and there are roadblocks everywhere. One Iraqi man decided to test these security measures, which turn out to be nothing but smoke and mirrors. Read more...

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Is this video of separatists executing two Ukrainian army officers staged?

 
The authenticity of a video that alleges to show the execution of two Ukrainian officers in the restive east of the country is under heavy scrutiny. In the footage, a masked man shoots two men hooded and facing the wall after a separatist leader – identified as Igor Bezler – addresses the camera and gives the order to fire. Read more…
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Afghan migrants offered $500 by Iran to fight for Syrian regime

 
Iran has been accused of recruiting and sending Afghanistan’s Shia Muslims to fight alongside the Assad regime in war-torn Syria. Afghan migrants say they are being trained and deployed by the country’s notorious Revolutionary Guards. Two Afghans tell us more…
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