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Activists struggle to get elderly polar bear out of the Argentina heat

Arturo is a 28-year-old polar bear who lives in a zoo in Mendoza, Argentina. For months, activists have been campaigning to get him out of Mendoza, saying the scorching hot weather is taking a toll on him. A zoo in Canada has even offered to adopt him, but local authorities have swayed back and forth on whether to let him go. Read more…

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Pakistan's Balochs march to protest 'disappearances'

 
For a week now, members of Pakistan’s Baloch community have been on a march from Karachi to Islamabad, the country’s capital. Their goal is to condemn the disappearance of many individuals of Baloch origin, for which they blame the Pakistani military. Read more...
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Video reveals violent hazing of Chinese firemen

 
Two amateur videos showing the mistreatment of new recruits by firefighters in Wuhai, Inner Mongolia, have been posted online in recent days. It is very rare for such images to be leaked, but according to our Observer, a lawyer in Beijing, these incidents are very common among certain branches of China’s People’s Armed Police Force. Read more...
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Video: The brutal life inside Saudi prisons

 
A video recently published online shows a prisoner hanging from the ceiling of a cell, being beaten by other prisoners. This video was shot in Braiman prison, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This type of incident reveals the power structure that determines interactions among prisoners, according to our Observer, a former Saudi prisoner. Read more...

Mysterious emperor statue stirs ethnic tensions in Macedonia

 
The recent erection of a statue depicting Dusan, the Serbian emperor who ruled over Macedonia and conquered primarily Albanian regions in the 14th century, has riled the Macedonian Albanians of Skopje, the country’s capital. The monument was attacked and severely damaged mere days after it was installed. Our Observer perceives the sudden installation of this statue as an act of political provocation. Read more…
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Disputes involving foreigners in China viewed millions of times online

Amateur videos of disputes between foreigners and Beijing residents have been spreading on the Internet like wildfire this past week. Online and in the street, tensions are boiling over. Read more…

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Singapore’s 'Little India' riots: "Tensions had long been brewing"

 
It had been decades since Singapore had witnessed violent riots. Several hundred foreign workers faced off with the police on Sunday in Little India, a neigbhourhood with a large South Asian community, after a young Indian man was hit and killed by a bus. The country’s transport minister says alcohol may have been a factor in the riots, but our Observer, who studies Singapore’s South Indian community, believes the violence stems from underlying tensions between migrant workers and locals. Read more...
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Sub-Saharan Africans in Tangiers revolt after migrant’s death

 
A migrant from Cameroon died after falling from the fourth floor of his residential building Wednesday during a police operation in the Boukhalef neighbourhood in Tangiers, Morocco. Other residents, most of them sub-Saharan migrants, immediately took to the street to claiming police brutality. Read more ...
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Four ways that citizen journalists are using drones

 
They’re not just for war or Amazon deliveries. As civilian drones become ever more affordable, people around the world are using them to highlight problems in their communities – problems that are sometimes best understood when filmed from above. Read more...
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