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German neo-Nazis tricked into fundraising for anti-Nazi charity

Neo-Nazis hold a parade celebrating the life of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s right hand man every year in the German town of Wunsiedel. However, the 10,000 residents of this Bavarian town are not happy hosts. Angry and embarrassed by this annual gathering, the townspeople decided that this year they’d turn the tables on the extremists. Read more...

Video of Syrian boy saving a little girl is a fake


The video “Syrian hero boy rescues girl” set social networks alight last week, with its footage of a boy rescuing a little girl from heavy sniper fire. Yet there was a glitch: it was a fake created by a Norwegian filmmaker, who purposefully left viewers in the dark over the origin of his film. Read more...
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‘My favela was safer when it was ruled by gangs’


Violence is part of the daily lives of the residents of Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas, or slums. Our Observer says that the government’s widely touted ‘peacekeeping’ operation is far from a success three years after its launch in 2011, adding that the neighbourhood is plagued by shootings and robberies. She goes so far as to say that the favela was safer when it was ruled by gangs. Read more...

Video depicts Bahrain police abuse - but will inquiry lead anywhere?


A video recently emerged showing a Bahraini police officer mistreating a prisoner and showering him with insults, while making references to the man’s Shiite faith. The video, posted on Monday to YouTube, quickly went viral – to the extent that the Bahraini authorities were forced to respond. The day after its release, the Interior Ministry announced the suspension of the police officers involved and the opening of an investigation. According to our Observer, it's all a smokescreen...
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African rappers sing ode to Russia's Putin


This rap duo comes from Zimbabwe and Kenya, they live in Moscow and they have become famous from a song paying homage to… Vladimir Putin, a feat all the more surprising given the prevalence of racism against Africans in Russia. Read more...

'Food porn' for IS fighters, soup kitchens for the rest

Since the coalition strikes started, prices have skyrocketed in the Syrian city of Raqqa, and inhabitants are struggling to make ends meet. The local soup kitchen is having trouble feeding all the needy residents. Meanwhile, the jihadists who control the city post photos of their feasts on social media. Read more...

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Hawaii lava flow creates 'slow-motion disaster'

It took four months, but the lava flow from the June eruption of Kilauea volcano, on Hawaii’s big island, has reached an inhabited area: the village of Pahoa, where it is expected to swallow up at least a dozen homes over the next few days. The lava river, which is over 1,000 degrees celcius, will slowly destroy the heart of this small community of 950 residents. Read more…

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IS jihadists taunt Turkish army at Syrian border


A video showing fighters from the group calling itself Islamic State talking to Turkish soldiers near the embattled city of Kobane has widely circulated online. The video has angered Kurdish activists, who see it as proof of collusion between the Turkish army and the jihadist group. However, the scene appears to be the result of provocation on the part of the IS fighters. Here’s why…
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Taxing the Internet in Hungary: 'Our country is going backwards!'


Can you imagine having to pay a tax on how much Internet you consume? That could soon be the case in Hungary, if lawmakers get their way. Thousands of protesters in the capital Budapest took to the streets on Sunday night to protest this move. For them, taxing the Internet is definitely a move in the wrong direction. Read more…

Acid attacks in Iran: ‘My sister won’t go outside anymore’


There have been at least four cases of acid attacks on women in the last two weeks in Isfahan, in central Iran. A rumour quickly spread throughout the city according to which the women were attacked because they weren’t covered up enough. This prompted several thousand residents to take to the streets in protest, and call on the authorities to act. Read more...
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