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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...

Egyptian activist 'killed three times by police'


Shaimaa al-Sabbagh was killed on Saturday, January 24, during the dispersal of an opposition protest in the centre of Cairo. After she was shot a protester tried desperately to save her while the police did everything they could to break up the demonstration and scatter the activists. Read more...
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Foreign shopkeepers targeted in Soweto looting spree


Dozens of shops owned by foreigners were attacked and looted last week in Soweto, a neighbourhood in southwest Johannesburg. The violence broke out after a youngster was killed by a Somali shopkeeper during an attempted robbery. Read more...

In pictures: DR Congo wracked by anti-govt protests


Thursday was a particularly tense day in the city of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thousands of protesters angry with president Laurent-Désiré Kabila clashedwith security forces. See images…
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