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Evangelical churches in Cameroon oppose polio vaccinations for children

 
The government has launched a massive polio immunisation campaign in western Cameroon to counter the disease, which primarily affects children. The operation has overall been successful but is nonetheless encountering pockets of resistance, including, notably, from evangelical churches that are fighting tooth and nail to prevent the vaccination of children. Read more...

Bahrain in shock after teenage boy killed in clashes

 
The village of Sitra, south of the Bahraini capital Manama, has been in shock following the death of a teenage boy last Wednesday during clashes between Shiite demonstrators and police. The boy had been filming the protests on behalf of opposition activists. Read more...
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Images from Kidal, Mali’s rebel bastion

 
Residents of the northern Malian town of Kidal have had a difficult week, with repeated clashes between the army and Tuareg armed groups. This violence, which erupted when the Malian prime minister visited the rebel bastion, has taken place far from any TV cameras. However, our Observers have been able to send us a few amateur images of the town, which is now under the control of the armed separatists. Read more...

Videos appear to show Israeli soldiers shoot live bullets at protesters

 
Two young Palestinian protesters were killed and two more were wounded during clashes with the Israeli soldiers on May 15 in Beituna, a town near Ramallah. While the Israeli army denied having used lethal weapons, surveillance videos have emerged showing the protesters shot by what appears to be live bullets. Read more...

The mysterious origins of Iran's animated anti-Israel films

 
It’s an all-out war between Iran and Israel – in cartoon form. And Iran is winning, at least according to a string of explosion-filled propaganda films the country continues to release. Though Hassan Rohani’s government has sought to somewhat assuage tensions with Israel, these 3D animated films, which first appeared under his predecessor’s reign, keep on coming.  Read more...
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Coronavirus: Saudis defy ban and kiss their camels

 
Faced with a surge in MERS coronavirus cases, Saudi authorities have warned camel herders to be wary of their animals, which they believe transmit the disease. Yet many believe this is nonsense, and to show it, they are instead lavishing attention on their animals. Read more...
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Videos: Vietnamese authorities lose grip on anti-China protests

 
Protesters went on the rampage in southern Vietnam on Tuesday, ransacking and setting fire to factories they believed to be owned by Chinese companies, though not all were. They were angered by China’s move to implant an oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea. However, our Observer explains that nationalism wasn’t the only factor that led to the violence. Read more…
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Video: Hospital targeted by bombs in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

 
They thought they were reporting on a religious ceremony, but instead they captured a bombing on camera. Citizen journalists were filming at the only hospital in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan province, where Sudan’s army is battling rebels, when it was bombed by military jets, according to doctors there. Read more…
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