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Iranian President’s wife sparks outrage with 'wild party'

 
Last Saturday, the Iranian first lady, wife of Iranian President Hassan Rohani, threw a party to mark Women’s Day, celebrated on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima. Ultra-conservative outcry at this so-called “lavish ball” has sparked many spoofs videos from bloggers and Rohani supporters. Read more...
 
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Disillusioned Syrian fighter shares his story in ‘selfie’ video

 
Abu Khaled is a rebel in the Free Syrian Army (FSA). After fighting in the backstreets of old Homs, he is now on the Hoch Hijo front just four kilometres away from the besieged city, where he continues to fight against the troops of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He sent us this video in which he shares his experience as a fighter and reveals his deep despair. Read more...
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Police in China nearly beaten to death in citizen backlash

 
Several Chinese law enforcement officials were nearly beaten to death in the city of Cangnan after a brutal backlash by local residents. Riots broke out when five officers – known as ‘Chengguan’ – violently assaulted a man who refused to stop taking photos of them. Read more...
 
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Graffiti defaces prehistoric rock art in Libya

 
One of the most beautiful historic sites in Libya is under threat. Our observer has sounded the alarm over the situation at Tadrart Acacus, a mountain range in the country’s desert south where vandals have been destroying prehistoric rock art dating back thousands of years. Read more...
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Afghanistan ‘vote fraud’ videos raise alarm

Over the past few days, several amateur videos appearing to show election fraud in last Saturday’s election in Afghanistan have circulated on social networks. Some of them show people stamping piles of ballots. While it is not possible to prove the ballots shown in these videos ended up being counted in the election, our Observers in Afghanistan find some of the footage quite convincing. Read more... 

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Video exposes violence against female soldiers in Sri Lanka

 
A video showing women in uniform being beaten and harassed by Sri Lankan soldiers has been confirmed as authentic by the country's army. According to our local Observer, this is not an isolated incident. Read more...
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Tunisian football team pay homage to jihadist supporter

 
A video being shared by jihadists on social networks show a strange sight: members of a football team in Sousse, northern Tunisia, paying homage to one of their fans that was killed while waging jihad in Syria. Read more...
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Moroccans protest against new 'polluting' power plant

 
Hundreds of people staged a protest in Safi, on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, against the construction of a thermal power station in their city. Residents say the plant is one too many in a city already suffering from air pollution. Read more...
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