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Video shows vicious beating of diamond miners in Angola


A horrifying new video shows private security guards viciously beating diamond miners in northern Angola. Our Observer managed to have this video smuggled out of a heavily-guarded diamond concession. Read more...
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‘Anti-fascist’ and ‘anti-immigration’ groups face off in Dresden


For the past seven weeks, activists protesting Germany’s immigration policy and the spread of Islam in the West have been marching each Monday in Dresden, a city in eastern Germany. In response, counter-protests have been organised to denounce rampant xenophobia. As tensions between the two groups increase, the situation is quickly heading towards a face-off. Read more…

Video of sisters beating ‘sexual harassers’ strikes chord with Indian women


A video of two sisters beating a man they say sexually harassed them has gone viral in India. The sisters are being hailed online as heroes by many Indians, especially women, who say sexual harassment is a sadly common occurrence that too often goes unpunished. Read more...
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Raqqa airstrikes 'hit more civilians than IS group positions'


The airstrikes carried out by the Syrian regime on the city of Raqqa in the past 72 hours were the most deadly to hit the bastion of the Islamic group (IS) in the past three years. Officially, these air strikes were meant to target positions held by the jihadist organisation. However, the extensive damage and the high death toll in civilian zones has made some residents question the regime’s strategy. Read more…
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Helping children overcome trauma of war through dance

Dance can help children recover from the trauma of war. That’s the belief and hope of the members of the project Bidna capoeira (which means “We want capoeira” in the Arabic spoken in Syria and the Palestinian Territories), who want to help children living in refugee camps in the Middle East discover this Brazilian discipline, which is somewhere between a dance and a martial art, and promotes cooperation. Read more...

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Opposition-held Aleppo workers protest unpaid wages


Rumbling social discontent boiled over this week in zones held by the Syrian opposition in the northern city of Aleppo. Dozens of workers, angry about frequent delays in their salary payments, have organised numerous sit-ins at the interim government’s headquarters. Read more…
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